An idiom is a phrase with a meaning that isn't always obvious and can't always be translated directly into another language. Do you know what it means to have two left feet or itchy feet? Have you ever put your foot in your mouth? Read this post to learn some common idioms about parts of the body.
I've got two left feet = I can't dance.
Example: I can't get my boyfriend to dance with me at parties. He says he has two left feet and won't even try.
I'm getting cold feet = I'm getting nervous. It seemed like a good idea at first but now I'm not sure I want to do it.
Example: He's supposed to be getting married next week but I think he's getting cold feet about it!
It cost an arm and a leg = It was extremely expensive.
Example: My car broke down last week and it cost an arm and a leg to get it fixed!
Play it by ear = Improvise or be spontaneous.
Example: We haven't planned out our whole holiday because we don't know what the weather ill be like. We're just going to play it by ear.
Put your foot in your mouth (put your foot in it) = say something stupid.
Example: I really put my foot in my mouth when I asked her how her boyfriend was. I didn't know they had just broken up!
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