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  • Hello! I'm Emma from mmmEnglish and in this video, I'm going to show you how to use

  • some of my favourite English body idioms. English idioms probably drive you crazy!

  • Idioms are really common expressions and together, the meaning of these

  • expressions is different than the individual meaning of each words. So in

  • this example, we're not talking about a crazy driver. If someone or something is

  • driving you crazy, they're really annoying. Together, the words have a

  • different meaning than individually. Of course, there are hundreds and hundreds

  • of English idioms and actually you might recognize some of them because they

  • might be similar to expressions and idioms in your own language.

  • In English, there are really commonly used idioms and there are some that are more obscure

  • or less commonly used. So in this video, I'm going to be focusing on a few that

  • are very commonly used. Now, idioms are really creative, imaginative and fun ways

  • to use language. If you're studying for your IELTS or your TOEFL exam or

  • generally you just want to impress someone with your English, then learn to

  • use a few idioms. Anyway, let's get started! Remember that I've

  • chosen these idioms because they all are to do with the human body, somehow.

  • Pain in the neck. Now this idiom is similar to the first

  • one we spoke about, "drive you crazy". So, if something or someone is a "pain in the

  • neck", they're really annoying!

  • "They said that my car was going to be at the mechanics for over a week... It's such

  • a pain in the neck!" or "I hope he doesn't bring Peter, he

  • can be a real pain in the neck!"

  • "Stop it! You're being a real pain in the neck!"

  • Now, you can also use "pain in the butt" or "pain in the ass" and so these two options

  • are a little more crude, a little ruder. You probably, wouldn't - well you

  • definitely - wouldn't use those with your boss or someone you just met.

  • But you know, with your friends or when you're being quite casual you can say "pain in

  • the butt" or "pain in the ass". Same meaning.

  • So the next one, "play it by ear".

  • So this is when you don't have a plan and you deliberately - you choose not

  • to have a plan. You want to just make it up as you go. Be a bit flexible.

  • Do whatever you feel like at the time. For example, "We don't really have a plan for

  • tonight, we're just going to play it by ear." You know if you're hungry, you'll eat.

  • If you want to dance, you'll dance. If you want to go for a walk, you'll go for a

  • walk. If you decide you want to go to the movies, you go to the movies. You just

  • make it up and you do whatever you feel like at the time. You're playing it by ear.

  • Here's another. "We don't know what the weather's

  • going to be like this weekend for the camping trip, so we might have to

  • play it by ear." It's kind of like wait and see and we'll make up our plan, closer to the time.

  • I'm sure you've heard of this one, "to cost an arm and a leg."

  • So then something is really expensive if it costs an arm and a leg i it's expensive!

  • "Taking a family of five on a trip to Fiji.. It's going to cost an arm and a leg!"

  • "I love their new kitchen! But, it must have cost them an arm and a leg!"

  • "I want my kids to have the best education possible, but the school fees are costing

  • an arm and a leg! I just don't know if it's worth it."

  • "To get something off your chest" So, if you have a problem or something's

  • bothering you and you need to tell someone about it, then you're going to

  • get it off your chest. "Thanks for listening to me complain

  • about my boss, I just needed to get it off my chest."

  • "He's been frustrated about this for months! He just needs to talk to him

  • about it and get it off his chest!" "OK, I need to get something off my chest,

  • I've been waiting to tell you about it for weeks!"

  • "To keep an eye on something"

  • To keep an eye on something. It means to take care of something or to watch over

  • something and protect it. "I'll keep an eye on dinner while you're on the phone."

  • I'll watch dinner. I'll make sure that it doesn't burn while you're on the phone

  • "Oh! Sara said she'd keep an eye on the kids while we go out."

  • Another one, "I'm all ears" I'm all ears

  • It means that you're fully listening and you're paying attention.

  • "Give me just a minute to finish this, then I'll be all ears."

  • "Well, if you've got a better idea then I'm all ears!" If you think that you've

  • got a better idea then tell me about it! I'm listening!

  • Have you ever gotten cold feet?

  • Do you have cold feet? So this is an idiom that you use when you're feeling

  • really nervous right before an important event or a big event.

  • So if you decided you wanted to go skydiving and you put all of the gear on, the special clothing,

  • and you fly up into the sky in the plane and suddenly you look down and you

  • realise how far away the ground is and you get cold feet. You get really nervous and you think

  • "Maybe I don't want to do this after all!" That's a good example of getting cold feet.

  • "He was so nervous before his presentation, I thought he was going to get cold feet!"

  • "So, how did it go? Or did you get cold feet?"

  • Now, this last one I know you're going to love and appreciate. If something goes over your

  • head, it means you don't get it. You missed the meaning, you haven't quite

  • understood what's happening. Now, when you're learning a new language this

  • happens all the time! Someone says something to you and you're not quite

  • sure what it means. It's gone over your head. It didn't go into your head so that

  • you understood it, it went over your head. Now, this is a really awesome one for you

  • to try out when you're in an English conversation and somebody says something

  • that you don't quite understand, you're not sure about the meaning. You can say to them,

  • "Sorry! That went straight over my head! Can you say it again?"

  • Well, that's it for this lesson, I hope that you've learned a few new English

  • idioms that you can try out soon. Make sure that you subscribe to my Youtube

  • channel so that you find out when I release new lessons. There are plenty of

  • other video lessons that are already on my Youtube channel, so check them out!

  • You can also find me on Facebook or come and check out my website at mmmenglish.com

  • where you can learn a bit more about my online English courses. Bye for now!

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