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  • Hello everyone

  • and welcome back to English With Lucy.

  • Spring has almost sprung in England.

  • We've had some very, very sunny days,

  • we've had a couple of rainy days,

  • but I've been enjoying lots of dog walks

  • and lots of runs in the countryside,

  • as you might have seen on my Instagram.

  • I have been feeling so excited about spring,

  • I cannot wait to see leaves on the trees,

  • grass everywhere, flowers everywhere,

  • and in the spirit of spring,

  • I've decided to make a flower idioms video for you.

  • A lesson all about floral expressions

  • that we use in British English

  • and in American English.

  • This lesson is going to be really good

  • for building your vocabulary,

  • it will help with your reading,

  • it will help you with your writing.

  • It will also help with your speaking and your listening,

  • because you'll be able to understand

  • what natives mean when they say these idioms.

  • I know loads of you are desperately looking

  • for ways to improve your speaking,

  • pronunciation and listening,

  • and there's one thing that I'd like to mention.

  • I know a lot of you are using it already,

  • but I really, really, really recommend Audible.

  • Audible is Amazon's provider of audiobooks.

  • My advice to you is search for a book

  • read in a British accent,

  • or your English accent of choice.

  • If you're at a slightly lower level,

  • go for something aimed at teenagers or children.

  • If you're at a higher level,

  • maybe go for non-fiction or sci-fi.

  • Listening to an audiobook

  • and reading the actual book at the same time

  • is such a great way of improving

  • your listening and your pronunciation,

  • because you can see how the words are written

  • and hear how they are pronounced.

  • You can claim a free audiobook

  • by clicking on the link in the description box.

  • That's a 30-day free trial

  • and I've got some recommendations

  • like Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes,

  • all read with a British accent,

  • in the description box as well.

  • Right, let's get on with the lesson.

  • Right, idiom number one

  • is to come up or out smelling of roses.

  • To come up smelling of roses

  • or to come out smelling of roses.

  • If somebody comes up smelling of roses,

  • it means they emerge from a situation

  • with their reputation undamaged.

  • So it's to have people believe

  • that you are good and honest

  • after a situation that could have

  • made you look bad and dishonest.

  • For example,

  • the scandal could have ruined her reputation,

  • but she came up smelling of roses.

  • Number two, to go to seed.

  • To go to seed.

  • This is slightly negative,

  • be careful who you say this to.

  • If somebody goes to seed,

  • it means their quality or appearance has declined.

  • A flower is really, really beautiful,

  • and then it goes to seed

  • and it doesn't look so good.

  • It might mean that they look older

  • or worse than they did.

  • For example, after having children,

  • he started to go to seed.

  • He didn't look so good anymore.

  • That's a really nasty phrase.

  • Let's move on to something more positive.

  • Okay, number three.

  • As fresh as a daisy.

  • As fresh as a daisy,

  • much nicer than the previous one.

  • If you are as fresh as a daisy,

  • it means you are healthy and full of energy.

  • For example, I thought I'd have a hangover,

  • but I've woken up as fresh as a daisy.

  • Said no one, ever. (laughs)

  • Number four.

  • A late bloomer.

  • A late bloomer.

  • A late bloomer is somebody

  • who develops later on in life,

  • either physically or mentally.

  • So it could mean that

  • they hit puberty at a later age,

  • or it could mean that they got a job,

  • settled down, got married, had children

  • at a much later age than is considered normal.

  • For example, Colonel Sanders,

  • the founder of KFC, was a late bloomer.

  • He founded KFC at 65.

  • And then he became a multi-millionaire.

  • (claps) Congratulations, late bloomer.

  • Number five.

  • No bed of roses.

  • No bed of roses.

  • If something is no bed of roses,

  • it means it's difficult, it's not easy.

  • For example,

  • gaining a UK citizenship is no bed of roses.

  • It's very, very difficult.

  • We also have number six.

  • Pushing up the daisies.

  • Pushing up the daisies.

  • This is a slightly morbid one.

  • If you are pushing up the daisies,

  • it means you're dead.

  • You're underground

  • and you're helping the daisies to bloom.

  • For example,

  • my late uncle Malcolm is pushing up the daisies.

  • It's very sad.

  • Number seven, we have oops a daisy.

  • Oops a daisy.

  • And this isn't really an idiom,

  • it's more of an exclamation.

  • It's an expression used to indicate surprise.

  • It's like (gasps) silly me!

  • (gasps) Oh no!

  • (gasps) Oops a daisy.

  • We can just shorten it down to oops.

  • It is quite frequently used with children.

  • So, for example, when Will says to me,

  • "Lucy, you left the front door unlocked again,"

  • I might say oops a daisy, silly me!

  • The next one is a shrinking violet.

  • A shrinking violet.

  • A shrinking violet is somebody

  • who is very, very, very shy,

  • somebody who doesn't like to express

  • their views and their opinions.

  • For example,

  • I am no shrinking violet

  • when it comes to expressing my opinions.

  • That's a lie, sometimes I am.

  • Sometimes I'm not, depends who I'm with.

  • Don't ask me about Brexit.

  • And the next one.

  • This is a really good one.

  • I use this a lot.

  • To nip something in the bud.

  • To nip something in the bud.

  • This means to stop something at an early stage.

  • For example,

  • if you see yourself developing a bad habit,

  • try and nip it in the bud

  • before it becomes ingrained in your brain.

  • I try to do this, but I'm not always successful.

  • And the last one, the final floral idiom,

  • is to smell the roses.

  • To smell the roses.

  • This means to appreciate what is often ignored.

  • We sometimes say to stop and smell the roses

  • or to wake up and smell the roses,

  • and in general it means to take time

  • out of your busy schedule to stop

  • and appreciate what is often ignored.

  • Like nature and the beauty of life.

  • So I might say,

  • every morning I like to stop and smell the roses

  • and take my dog on a walk.

  • There are no roses on the walk,

  • but I just like to take a moment

  • and enjoy the beauty that is around me.

  • Right, that's it for today's lesson.

  • I hope you enjoyed it

  • and I hope you learnt something.

  • Don't forget to check out Audible,

  • the link is in the description box,

  • you can claim your free audiobook

  • and your 30-day free trial,

  • and I've got loads of recommendations

  • down there as well.

  • And don't forget to connect with me

  • on all of my social media.

  • I've got my Facebook, I've got my Instagram,

  • and I've got my Twitter,

  • and I shall see you soon for another lesson.

  • (kissing noise)

  • Today, I've got a lesson for you on

  • (jumbled noises)

  • Today, I have got a very...

  • A very.

  • I've been feeling so ready for spring,

  • I cannot wait for all of the leaves to

  • (blows raspberry)

  • I've been feeling so excited by blah.

  • I've got such a headache.

  • Maybe it's hay fever, you know?

  • Could be.

  • This isn't really an idiom,

  • it's more of a...

  • For example...

  • And the last one, the last final blah.

  • (laughing)

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B1 daisy violet smelling seed shrinking idiom

10 beautiful flower idioms | British English Vocabulary Lesson

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/06/19
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