Category: Idioms

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The odds are against (someone/something)

This idiom is used for situations in which a person or people are unlikely to succeed. Let’s say you have a friend who wants to be a professional basketball player. S/he is so passionate...

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a fish out of water

This idiom is used to describe someone who is uncomfortable in a certain situation. There is a Turkish idiom used in the same way. Imagine that you are still in the highschool and because...

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sooner or later

This expression is used to state that something is inevitable and it will happen eventually. There is a Turkish equivalent for this expression. Teenagers and young adults have the tendency to blame everyone and...

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It’s no wonder

This expression is used when something is predictable, expected and natural. Let’s say you have a friend who is a bit lazy and irresponsible. S/he is not attending the lessons, skipping classes oftenly and...

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for the time being

This expression is used to emphasize that something is temporary. It can be used interchangebly with “for now”. Let’s say you have failed in the University Entrance Exam and your annoying relatives are constantly...

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be broke

This expression is used to state that you do not have any money. Let’s say one of your friend comes and invites to a restaurant to have dinner and maybe a couple of drinks....

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catch a cold

This expression means to become ill. It is actually pretty similar to one of the idioms used in Turkish. When a person catches a cold, it is better to keep yourself away from them...

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(be) on your last legs

If a person is on his/her last legs, they are very tired/exhausted or about to die. Think about yourself. You have been in the prep school for almost a year now and you have...

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Birds of a feather

This idiom is used to refer to people who are similar in character. Let’s say there are three people in your group; you, Jimmy and Jane. You all are good friends. But Jimmy and...

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Ring a bell

This idiom is used to indicate that something sounds familiar. Let’s say you cheated in an exam and you are grounded by the school administration but you decided not to tell your parents. When...