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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 LEG

  • to be on one's last legs = be very tired or ill.
    He looks like he's on his last legs.
  • to cost someone an arm and a leg = cost somebody a lot of money.
    That car cost him an arm and a leg.
  • to pull someone's leg = tease somebody, make somebody believe something that is untrue.
    Of course he doesn't want his present back, he's just pulling your leg!
  • not have a leg to stand on = have nothing to support one's opinion.
    You can't say that, you don't have a leg to stand on!
  • to give someone a leg-up = help somebody towards success.
    When he joined the company I noticed his talent, so I gave him the leg-up he needed.
  • to shake a leg = hurry up.
    Come on, shake a leg! We are late!
  • with one's tail between one's legs = in a humble or sad manner.
    After being fired, he left with his tail between his legs.

 

Exercise
Choose the right answer.

1. I think he's lying, he .

2. I don't believe you, you are .

3. After working all day, he felt he .

4. Move! or you'll be late again!

5. The defeated player left the field .

6. She is good, but her boss also .

7. I don't have enough money to buy this computer. It would .

Score:
   
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