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Funny English idioms

Idioms can be funny and entertaining, especially English idioms. Learning some and using them appropriately is undoubtedly a “giant step” in enriching your knowledge of the English language.

Have a look at the following idioms and try to guess their meaning 😉

to pull someone’s leg

to have butterflies in one’s stomach

to pick someone’s brains

to smell a rat

to be between the devil and the deep blue sea

to blow one’s own trumpet

to keep the wolf from the door

to pay through the nose

to buy pigs in a poke

Now have a look at the explanations and see if you guessed right!

to pull someone’s leg = to tease someone

to have butterflies in one’s stomach = to be very nervous or excited about something

to pick someone’s brains = to ask someone to help you with a problem because you know he or she know more than you about something

to smell a rat = to suspect or realize that something is wrong in a particular situation

to be between the devil and the deep blue sea = to be in a difficult situation  between two equally negative course of actions

to blow one’s own trumpet = to boast about one’s own successes

to keep the wolf from the door = to avoid a difficult economic situation

to pay through the nose = to think that one is paying too much for something

to buy pigs in a poke = to buy something before knowing what it is

Are there any similarities or differences between English and Italian idioms? Can you think of some funny Italian idioms and check with the use of our old friend “the dictionary” 😉 their English equivalent?

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