FAMILY, FRIENDS AND WORK
There are lots of useful English idioms. Here I've selected a dozen for you and grouped them under the topics of family, friends and work.
- be the spitting image of: look very much like someone else
Ex: She's the spitting image of her mother. You'd think they were sisters!
- run in the family: recur through successive generations
Ex: All three daughters are very musical. So was their mother and her mother too. It runs in the family.
- go through a bad patch: experience a period of difficulty
Ex: Our marriage is going through a bad patch at the moment, but we're still together.
- split up: end a marriage or relationship
Ex: They've been married for twenty-five years, but I now hear that they're splitting up.
- an old flame: someone you had a romantic relationship with in the past
Ex: I bumped into Linda the other day in the High Street. She's an old flame from my student days in Manchester.
- be in high spirits: be in a cheerful mood
Ex: You're in high spirits! You must have had some good news.
- hit it off with someone: enjoy someone's company
Ex: I'm sharing a flat with six other students but we all hit it off together.
- It's a small world!: expression of surprise when you meet an old acquaintance, usually in an unexpected place
Ex: Just imagine! I met my old violin teacher on the top of a mountain in Peru recently. Small world!
- get on in the world: be successful in one's job
Ex: Geraldine is now a senior executive in one of the world's largest oil companies. She's certainly got on in the world.
- go flat out: do something with all your energy
Ex: I've been going flat out today. I'm trying to get this finished by five o'clock.
- rake it in: make a lot of money quickly
Ex: He's raking it in. That's the third shoe shop he's opened in this area.
- make ends meet: just about manage financially
Ex: By giving private lessons on Thursday and Friday afternoons, I can just about make ends meet.