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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 FOOT

  • to fall/land on one's feet = get into a good situation because of luck, after a difficult situation.
    Don't worry about George, he always falls on his feet.
  • to foot the bill = pay for something.
    She left in the middle of the meal, and I had to foot the bill.
  • to get back on one's feet = recover.
    While being ill for two weeks, his mother helped her to get back on his feet.
  • to get cold feet = stop doing something because one becomes afraid of the consequences.
    He was about to break into the house, but he got cold feet at the last minute.
  • to have/keep one's feet on the ground = be realistic.
    She's no dreamer, she has her feet firmly on the ground.
  • to have the world at one's feet = have the chance to become very successful.
    She's an intelligent young lady with the world at her feet. 
  • to have two left feet = be very clumsy.
  • to put one's best foot forward = do one's best.
    If you want to pass the exam, you'll have to put your best foot forward.
  • to put one's foot in it = do or say something foolish.
    Why did you tell her about it? You always put your foot in it!
  • to stand on one's own two feet = be independent.
    He is 19 and already has a job and a house, he's perfectly able to stand on his own two feet.
  • to start/get off on the right/wrong foot = make a good/bad start.
    The new student started off on the wrong foot with the teacher by answering back rudely.
  • to wait on someone hand and foot = serve somebody by attending to all his needs.
    He seemed to expect to be waited on hand and foot.

 

Exercise
Choose the right answer.

1. The project was stopped because sponsors .

2. She's 24 but she's never learned to .

3. I think I've really this time, I didn't know that she was his wife!

4. She ordered drinks and then left me to .

5. John and I but we are good friends now.

6. It was a great result, but we have to .

7. After being sick for two days, he finally .

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