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Common American Idioms for ESL students







AMERICAN IDIOMS STARTING WITH S


Safe and sound:
Safe. Unharmed. ex. "It was a rough trip but we got there safe and sound."

(To) save money for a rainy day:
To reserve something for some future need. ex. "I've saved a little money for a rainy day."

(To) save the day:
To produce good results when bad results are expected. ex. "Colin saved the day by remembering to bring the map."

(A) score to settle:
To get even. To pay someone back for something negative that they did. ex. "Don't stop me. I have a score to settle with him."

(To) scratch the surface:
To begin finding out about something. ex. "We've only begun to scratch the surface in this field."

Second nature (to someone):
Easy and natural. ex. "Scoring goals is second nature to him."

(To) see eye to eye on something:
To have a similar opinion on something. ex. "Despite their public differences, the two candidates actually see eye to eye on most issues."

(To) see fit:
To deem/believe to be appropriate. ex. "You can do that any way you see fit."

(To) see the writing on the wall:
To see that something is going to happen.

(To) serve someone right:
To serve as appropriate punishment for someone. ex. "They put him in jail for 5 years? Serves him right!"

(To) set foot somewhere:
To go or enter somewhere. ex. "If I were you, I wouldn't set foot in that town."

(To) set one's sights on something:
To select something as one's goal. ex. "We would like to buy out one of our competitors. We've got our sights set on Sony."

(A) shot in the arm:
A boost. ex. "The good financial news was a real shot in the arm for Steve's company."

(To) sit on one's hands
To do nothing. ex. "Everyone expected the board to take action, but they just sat on their hands."

(To) sit (something) out; (to) sit this one out
To not participate. ex. "P1: Are you going to play with us? P2: No, thanks, I think I'll sit this one out."

(To) sit tight:
To wait (patiently). ex. "Sit tight, your mother will be here soon."

Skeleton(s) in the closet:
A shocking/ disturbing secret.

(To) sleep on something:
To think about something overnight. ex. "I'm not sure if I want to buy this car. I think I should sleep on it."

(To) stand up for something:
To fight for, support. ex. "The elected official promised to stand up for the poor."

(To) stir up trouble:
To cause trouble. ex. "Sometimes I think she gets great pleasure from stirring up trouble."

Sucker:
A gullible person or someone who is easily impressed by something ( eg. "a sucker for gadgets" = someone who is easily impressed by gadgets)

Sucker punch (v. and n.):
To punch someone when they're not expecting it, can't see it coming. A punch/blow that is not expected/seen. ex. "My brother ended up in the hospital after one of the men sucker punched him."

Suit yourself:
Have it your way; As you wish; ex. "I wouldn't walk around that neighborhood at night, but if you really want to, suit yourself."

(To) swallow something hook, line, and sinker:
To believe something (usually a lie) completely. ex. "Margaret told him a flat-out ( = complete and utter) lie and he swallowed it hook line and sinker."


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