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English Vocabulary - Vocabulario de inglés
¿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 y luego realiza el ejercicio.

Idioms with CHICKEN - HEN - STAG - COCK

  • never count your chickens before they are hatched = no cantes victoria antes de tiempo (lit. nunca cuentes tus pollos antes de que nazcan)
  • which came first, the chicken or the egg? = it is difficult or impossible to decide which of two things happened first
  • a chicken and egg situation = a situation in which it is difficult or impossible to decide which of two things happened first
  • somebody's chickens have come home to roost = somebody's bad actions in the past cause problems now
  • to run around like a headless chicken = to go from one place to another in a disorganized way
  • chicken feed = small amount of money, almost useless
  • to chicken out = to decide at the last moment not to do something because you are afraid
  • chicken pox = illness which causes fever and spots on your skin = varicela
  • somebody is no spring chicken = somebody is no longer young
  • to behave like a hen mother = to be very protective
  • a hen party = party for women only, usually the night before one of them gets married
  • a stag party/night = party for men only, usually the night before one of them gets married Story
  • a cock and bull story = an absurd and improbable story, used as an excuse or explanation = un cuento chino
  • to live like fighting cocks = to enjoy the best possible food
  • cock of the walk = person who dominates others


Choose the right answer.

1. As Louise is getting married, the girls are having on Saturday.

2. You didn't get that job yet, .

3. She's 45, she's .

4. During their free time, the kids were .

5. You gave me this small change, but that's just . I can't buy anything with that!

6. Come on, you said you wanted to go bungee jumping. Don't now!

7. Sam was always disturbing his classmates. Now, nobody wants to be with him. I guess  .

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