Common English Idioms You hit the nail on the head: you are completely right in saying so. Flesh and blood: relatives; family. In the flesh: (1) in real life; in person. (2) alive. Be out on one’s ear: be fired. Have someone’s ear: influence someone easily. See eye to eye with: to completely agree with. Keep something under one’s hat: keep it secret. Beat the rap: to escape the punishment. With flying colors: with great success. Show one’s true colors: to show one’s real nature or character esp. for the first time. Out to: trying to. The best part of: most of. His bark is worse than his bite: he sounds worse than he is. In the long run: in the end. Shoot the breeze: to have a light and informal conversation. A bed of roses: a comfortable, easy situation. Break the ice: to begin a conversation with a stranger. Blood is thicker than water: relatives are the most important people. Come rain or shine: no matter how hard it is to do. To call it a day: to stop doing something. To cost an arm and a leg: to be very expensive. A pitter pill to swallow: something difficult and unpleasant to experience. A big mouth: a person who talks too much and does not keep secrets. The big time: a high level of success. To beat around the bush: to waste time by not giving a direct answer. To bark up the wrong tree: to make the wrong choice. To bring down the house: to make an audience clap and laugh enthusiastically. A cock-and-bull story: an untrue story. Chicken: afraid; scared. Not about to: very unwilling to. By hook or by crook: by any means possible. Hopping mad: very angry. Get the wrong end of the stick: to misunderstand. Let fly (at): to attack with words or blows. In the eyes of: in the opinion of. Set\lay eyes on: to see. First thing: at the earliest time in the morning. Get to one’s feet: to stand up. Like a house on fire: very quickly. (At) the eleventh hour: (at) the last moment; very late. Only have eyes for: to be interested only in looking at. Steer clear of: to avoid. Play possum: to pretend to be dead or asleep. Get the feel of: get used to. Put a foot wrong: to do or say the wrong things. Chicken out: to decide not to say something because of being afraid. Eat one’s words: to admit to having said something wrong. (Right) off the bat: without delay. Not bat an eyelid: to show no sign of one’s feeling or surprise. Wreak havoc on: to damage. All wet: wrong. Wet one’s whistle: to take a drink. All the world to: very important to. Head\memory like a sieve: a mind that forgets quickly. Wet behind the ears: young and without any experience. The wee hours: the hours soon after midnight. Sick and tired of: thoroughly bored. Not on your life! Certainly not! Take someone out of himself/herself: to amuse someone who is feeling unhappy. In a sense: in one way of speaking; partly. Put one’s foot in one’s mouth: to say something wrong or unsuitable as a result of thoughtlessness and so cause an awkward situation.