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English Vocabulary - Vocabulario de inglés
IDIOMS WITH COLOURS
¿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 BLUE

  • to go off into the blue = go away suddenly and without trace.
    The cashier went off into the blue with ten thousand dollars.
  • to have blue blood = be aristocratic.
  • to look/feel blue = look/feel sad, depressed.
  • to scream/yell blue murder = protest wildly and noisily.
    The union yelled blue murder when one of its members was sacked.
  • to do something till one is blue in the face = work as hard and as long as one possibly can (usually without success).
    He can write me letters till he's blue in the face, I'm not going to reply.
  • once in a blue moon = very rarely or never. Story
    I see her once in a blue moon.
  • out of the blue = unexpectedly.
    Her resignation came right out of the blue.
  • a bolt from the blue = unexpected and usually unwelcome event, complete surprise.
    The news of her resignation was like a bolt from the blue.
  • a blue-collar worker = manual worker. (The opposite is a white-collar worker)
  • a blue film/joke = a pornographic or indecent film/joke.
  • the boys in blue = the police.

 

Exercise
Choose the right answer.

1. Are you OK? You look .

2. When she was robbed, she began to .

3. Was this money or did you know you were going to get it?

4. You can argue but they will still do what they want.

5. The thieves managed to with all the money they stole from the bank.

6. Thomas works a lot. He goes on a holiday .

7. Nancy was walking with us and she disappeared.

Score:
   
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