FAMILY, FRIENDS AND WORK
There are lots of useful English idioms.
1. 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!
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
1. 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
2. be in high spirits: be in a cheerful mood
EX: You're in high spirits! You must have had some good news.
3. 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.
4. 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
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. make ends meet: just about manage financially
EX: By giving private lessons on Thursday and Friday afternoons, I can just about make ends meet.