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English Vocabulary - Vocabulario de inglés
IDIOMS WITH ANIMALS
¿Qué es un idiom?
Un "idiom" o "idiomatic expression" es una frase idiomática utilizada en lenguaje coloquial informal. En general, el significado de la frase en sí es diferente al significado normal de cada palabra por separado. Por ejemplo, "to let the cat out of the bag" significa "revelar un secreto". Si traducimos palabra por palabra, sería "dejar salir al gato de la bolsa", lo cual es incorrecto.

La dificultad para los estudiantes de inglés radica en que no pueden traducirse literalmente y deben aprenderse de memoria, aunque en algunos casos existen equivalentes muy similares en el idioma español.

Lee las explicaciones de cada idiom y luego realiza el ejercicio.

Idioms with HORSE

  • to eat like a horse = to eat a lot
  • to be flogging a dead horse = to be wasting time or effort on something impossible
  • to be/get on one's high horse = to act proudly, be arrogant
  • to be healthy as a horse = to be very healthy
  • to get on one's hobby-horse = to start talking about something that one likes to discuss
  • to hold your horses = to do something more slowly
  • to change horses in midstream = to transfer one's preference for somebody to another in the middle of an undertaking
  • to close the stable door after the horse has bolted = try to prevent something when it is too late
  • to put the cart before the horse = to reverse the logical order
  • a Trojan horse = something that looks normal but hides somebody's real intentions Story
  • never look a gift horse in the mouth = a caballo regalado no se le miran los dientes
  • a nod is as good as a wink (to a blind horse) = a hint or suggestion can be understood without being explicitly stated
  • straight from the horse's mouth = from a reliable source = de buena fuente
  • you can take a horse to water, but you can't make him drink = you can give a person the chance to do something, but he may still refuse to do it
  • a dark horse = someone mysterious, who doesn't tell others about himself, but has surprising abilites or qualities Story
  • a horse of a different color (US) = something that is completely different = harina de otro costal
  • wild horses couldn't drag somebody away (from something) = somebody is determined to do something. He had already decided to go fishing. Wild horses couldn't drag him away from it.

We thank Marcela Bitetto (from Buenos Aires, Argentina), Lily (from Tucson, USA) and Aitor Natividad (from Bilbao, Spain) for their suggestions.

Exercise
Choose the right answer.

1. I know that he will not accept your suggestion. You know,  .

2. Oh, don't and accept your mistakes, please.

3. If you don't like what Aunt Mollie gave you, don't say it.  .

4. Did you know that Isabelle is going to be fired next week? I know it .

5. You always and start talking about computers. I don't like this subject, so please let's talk about something else!

6. Forget about learning Chinese in two months, you  .

7. Mr White was replaced by a younger worker now that we need him to finish this task. You can't .

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