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10 number idioms
All in one piece
I got home all in one piece.
Be on cloud nine
be very happy
When I won a lottery, I was on cloud nine.
One for the road
have a drink before leaving
Let’s have one for the road!
Ten to one
something very likely
Ten to one he is going to lose
Idioms to describe feelings and states
Be scared stiff
be really frightened
My wife is scared stiff of spiders
too shy to speak
John was tongue-tied in her presence.
become extremely angry or excited
He went bananas when I said I was going to leave the job.
Be over the moon
be absolutely delighted
We are going to London so we’re all over the moon.
Idioms to describe people
I'm trying not to get too big-headed
stubborn; not listening to advice
I was too pig-headed to listen.
If he is going to be two-faced I’m not going to be his friend anymore.
They used to work hard, but now they are well off.
always wants to know about other people’s lives
It was a serious thing to be in the power of this spiteful old busybody.
A coach potato
someone who spends a lot of time sitting and watching TV
He has become a coach potato since he retired.
Idioms of comparison
Like a house on fire
We get along like a house on fire.
Smoke like a chimney
smoke a lot of cigarettes, cigars, etc.
My husband smokes like a chimney despite warnings from his doctor.
As hard as nails
She'll be good in business - she's as hard as nails.
Be as fit as a fiddle
be in good physical condition
My grandmother is 80, but she is as fit as a fiddle.
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