Body idioms

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[three-asterisks]Have a bad hair day

A bad hair day is a day when everything is going bad.

روز بدی داشتن

 Examples:

Grabs handsful of hair and tugs in indesperation, “Arrrrrgh!! I’m having such a bad hair day!!”

I’m having a bad hair day.

Poor Sue’s in a terrible mood. I think she’s having a bad hair day.

I knew it was going to be a bad hair day when my car wouldn’t start.


[three-asterisks]All ears

Listening eagerly and carefully.

سراپاگوش بودن

 Examples:

Well, hurry up and tell me. I’m all ears.

I’m all ears – tell us what they had to say.

A: Do you want to know why I broke up with my girlfriend?

B: Yeah, I’m all ears. Tell me

The employees were all ears while the boss was talking about who was going to get fired.

Wife: Are you listening to me?

Husband: Yes, I’m all ears.


[three-asterisks]Have a leg up on

To have an advantage over someone else

.یک قدم جلوتر بودن، یک سر و گردن بالاتر بودن

She probably has a leg up on the other applicants for the job because she has more experience.


[three-asterisks]Know sth like the back of your hand

to have very good and detailed knowledge of something;to know someone or something very well.

.مثل کف دست شناختن

 Examples:

I know this area like the back of my hand.

He knew East London like the back of his hand.

 Of course I know John. I know him like the back of my hand. I know him like a book.


[three-asterisks] Rub shoulders with

to spend time with famous people; to meet and spend time with someone.

 پریدن، پلکیدن؛ هم دم شدن؛ هم پیاله شدن

He’s Hollywood’s most popular hairdresser and regularly rubs shoulders with top movie stars.

She claims that she rubs shoulders with royalty all the time.


[three-asterisks]Have butterflies in one’s stomach

A nervous feeling in one’s stomach; to feel very nervous, usually about something you are going to do.

دل شوره داشتن، توی دل کسی رخت شستن

 Examples:

Whenever I have to speak in public, I get butterflies in my stomach.

She always has butterflies in her stomach before a test.

It was not frightening enough to give me butterflies in my stomach, but it made me a little apprehensive.

He is so cute, every time he turns and looks at me I get butterflies in my stomach.

I had terrible butterflies before I gave that talk in Venice.