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English Vocabulary - Vocabulario de inglés
IDIOMS WITH PARTS OF THE BODY
¿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 ARM

  • to cost someone an arm and a leg = cost somebody a lot of money.
    That car cost him an arm and a leg.
  • to fold somebody in one's arms = hold somebody closely by putting one's arms around him.
  • to give one's right arm = be prepared to make a great sacrifice in order to do something.
    He would give his right arm to have a new house.
  • to hold/keep someone at arm's length = keep someone at a distance.
    I can't stand her, that's why I keep her at arm's length.
  • to twist somebody's arm = persuade somebody to do something he doesn't want to do.
    Nobody twisted my arm about coming here.
  • to welcome/accept/receive something with open arms = with enthusiasm.
  • to walk arm in arm = with the arms bent around each other's.
  • as long as your arm = very long.

 

Exercise
Choose the right answer.

1. After her suffering past, she keeps all men  to avoid getting hurt.

2. My girlfriend  about going to the theatre, but I hate it!

3. Peter always has a list of things to do .

4. Getting our hourse insured is going to cost us .

5. They walked along the beach .

6. I would to be young again!

7. Nancy's new in-laws accepted her .

Score:
   
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