500 Real English Phrases
|BEGINNER PHRASES||INTERMEDIATE PHRASES||ADVANCED PHRASES|
10 Ways to Say Hello & Goodbye
- (informal) Hey
- Hi there
- (informal) Howdy
- (informal) See ya later
- Take care
- Have a good one
10 Informal Ways to Say Yes and No
- No way!
10 Ways to Ask How Someone Is
- How are you?
- How’s it going?
- How ya doin’?
- How are things?
- How’s life?
- How have you been?
- How’s your family?
- What’s up?
- What’s new?
- What have you been up to lately?
10 Ways to Say How You Are
- I’m fine, thanks. How about you?
- Pretty good.
- Not bad.
- Couldn’t be better!
- Can’t complain.
- I’ve been busy.
- Same as always.
- Not so great.
- Could be better.
Note: The way to respond to "What’s up?” and "What’s new?” is typically "Not much.”
10 Ways to Say Thank You
- Thanks a lot.
- Thank you so much.
- Thanks a million!
- Thanks for your help. / Thanks for helping me.
- I really appreciate it.
- I’m really grateful.
- That’s so kind of you.
- I can’t thank you enough. (for extremely important things)
- I owe you one. (this means you want/need to do a favor for the other person in the future)
10 Ways to Respond to "Thank You”
- You’re welcome.
- No problem.
- No worries.
- Don’t mention it.
- My pleasure.
- It was the least I could do.
- Glad to help.
- Thank you. (use this when you ALSO have something to thank the other person for)
5 Phrases for Apologizing
- I’m sorry that… [ex. I was so rude yesterday]
- It’s my fault. (= I am taking responsibility for the problem)
- Oops, sorry.(for very small problems)
- I should have… [ex. called you and told you I’d be late]
- (formal) I apologize for… [ex. the delay]
5 Ways to Respond to an Apology
- That’s OK.
- It happens.
- No problem.
- Don’t worry about it.
- I forgive you. (for serious problems)
10 Phrases for Introductions
- I just wanted to introduce myself. I’m… [your name]
- I don’t think we’ve met before. My name’s… [your name]
- This is…
- I’d like you to meet…
- Have you met… ?
- I’d like to introduce you to…
- Nice to meet you.
- It’s a pleasure to meet you.
- And you.
#1 and #2 are used to introduce yourself; #3-#6 are used to introduce someone else. #9 and #10 can be used as a response to #7 and #8.
6 Ways to Show Interest
- That’s interesting.
You can use these phrases to show the other person that you are listening.
5 Ways to End a Conversation Politely
- It was nice chatting with you.
- Well, it’s getting late.
- Anyway, I should get going.
- (formal) Sorry, but I’m afraid I need to…
- I’m sorry to cut you off, but I actually gotta run. (cut you off = interrupt you)
10 Phrases for Telephone Calls
- Hi, this is Jane.
- (formal) May I speak with John Smith?
- (informal) Is John there?
- I’m calling about…
- I’m returning your call.
- (formal) One moment, please.
- (informal) Hang on a sec.
- He’s not here. Would you like to leave a message?
- Could you ask him to call me back?
- Thanks for calling.
10 Phrases for Asking for Information
- Can you tell me...?
- Could you tell me...?
- I'd like to know...
- Do you know...
- Do you have any idea...?
- Could anyone tell me...? (use this phrase when asking a group of people)
- Would you happen to know...?
- I don't suppose you (would) know...?
- I was wondering…
- I’m calling to find out… (use this phrase on the telephone)
Use #4, #5, #7, and #8 when you’re not sure if the other person has the information.
5 Ways to Say "I don’t know”
- I have no idea/clue.
- I can’t help you there.
- (informal) Beats me.
- I’m not really sure.
- I’ve been wondering that, too.
10 Phrases for Asking for Someone’s Opinion & Giving Your Opinion
- What do you think about...?
- How do you feel about…?
- What's your opinion of...?
- What are your views on...?
- In my opinion…
- I'd say...
- Personally, I think/believe...
- If you ask me...
- The way I see it...
- From my point of view…
5 Phrases for Not Having an Opinion
- I’ve never given it much thought.
- I don’t have strong feelings either way.
- It doesn’t make any difference to me.
- I have no opinion on the matter.
- (very informal) Whatever.
10 Phrases for Agreeing
- That’s so true.
- That’s for sure.
- I agree 100%
- I couldn’t agree with you more.
- That’s exactly what I think. / That’s exactly how I feel.
- (informal) Tell me about it! / You’re telling me!
- (informal) I’ll say!
- I suppose so. (use this phrase for weak agreement – you agree, but reluctantly)
Note: Avoid the common error of saying "I’m agree” – the correct phrase is "I agree” or "I’m in agreement” – the second one is more formal.
10 Phrases for Disagreeing
- I don’t think so.
- I beg to differ.
- I’m afraid I don’t agree.
- I’m not so sure about that.
- That’s not how I see it.
- Not necessarily.
- Yes, but… [say your opinion]
- On the contrary.
- (very informal) No way!
- (very strong) I totally disagree.
5 Phrases for Responding to Good News
- That’s great!
- How wonderful!
- I’m so happy for you!
5 Phrases for Responding to Bad News
- Oh no…
- That’s terrible.
- Poor you. (Use this to respond to bad situations that are not too serious)
- I’m so sorry to hear that.
- I’m sorry for your loss. (Use this only if someone has died)
10 Phrases for Invitations
- Are you free… [Saturday night?]
- Are you doing anything… [Saturday night?]
- Let me check my calendar.
- (informal) Do you wanna… [see a movie?]
- (formal) Would you like to… [join me for dinner?]
- I’d love to!
- Sounds great!
- I’d love to, but I have another commitment.
- I don’t think I can.
- Maybe another time.
5 Ways to Make & Respond to an Offer
- (more formal) Would you like a drink?
- (informal) Do you want some water?
- Can I get you something to eat?
- That’d be great, thanks.(= yes)
- No, thanks. I’m OK. (= no)
6 Phrases for Talking About Future Plans
- I’m going to…
- I’m planning to…
- I hope to…
- I’d like to…
- I might… / I may… Click here for the difference between may and might
- I’m thinking about… Click here for the different prepositions to use after "think”
10 Ways to Talk about Likes & Dislikes
- I love… [soccer]
- I’m really into… [soccer]
- I live for… [soccer]
- [soccer] is my thing.
- I’m crazy about… [soccer]
- I’m not a huge fan of… [modern art]
- [Modern art] isn’t my cup of tea.
- I don’t really care for… [modern art]
- I’m not into… [modern art]
- I can’t stand… [modern art] (this phrase expresses strong dislike)
5 Ways to Make a Suggestion
- How about… [ex. trying something new]?
- Why don’t you… [ex. talk to your boss]?
- Maybe we should… [ex. do more research].
- I’d recommend… [ex. going to the doctor].
- Have you thought about… [ex. buying a new computer]?
10 Phrases for Asking/Talking about Jobs
- Where do you work?
- What do you do? / What do you do for a living?
- I work at… [Microsoft].
- I’m a/an… [accountant].
- I’m unemployed. / I’m between jobs at the moment.
- I’m looking for work.
- I’m a stay-at-home mom/dad.
- I run my own business.
- I’m a freelance… [writer/designer/etc.]
- I’m retired.
10 Phrases for Describing Relationships
- I’m single.
- I have a boyfriend/girlfriend.
- We’re engaged. (= going to get married)
- We’re getting married in June.
- I’m married.
- I’ve been married for… [10 years].
- I’m divorced.
- I’m widowed. (= my husband/wife has died)
- I’m not looking for anything serious.
- I’m not quite over my ex. (= I still have feelings for my ex-boyfriend/girlfriend or ex-husband/wife)
5 Ways to Ask for Clarification
- Pardon? (if you didn’t hear or understand what the person said)
- Would you mind repeating that?
- What do you mean? (asking for more information)
- I’m not sure I follow you. (= I don’t understand)
- Could you explain… ?
5 Ways to Check if the Other Person Understands You
- Do you understand what I’m saying?
- Does that make sense?
- Do you know what I mean?
- Are you with me so far? (often used in the middle of a long explanation or instructions)
- Is that clear? (often used after giving orders, or expressing disapproval or another negative attitude)
5 Ways to Ask for Help
- I need a little help.
- Could you help me out?
- Could you give me a hand? (usually used for physical tasks)
- Could you spare a couple minutes?
- Could you do me a favor?
5 Ways to Ask Someone Else to Do Something
- (more formal) Would you mind… [opening the window]?
- Could you please… [turn off the lights]?
- (informal) Can you… [pass me the chicken]?
- Please… [send me the information].
- I’d appreciate it if you could… [wash the dishes].
5 Ways to Interrupt Someone
- Sorry to interrupt, but…
- Excuse me – could I talk to you for a minute? / do you have a minute? (when interrupting a conversation between two other people, to talk to one of them)
- Could I jump in here? (use this when interrupting a discussion among many people)
- Sorry – I just want to say that…
- (formal) May I have a word?
10 Ways to Encourage Someone
- Keep up the good work!
- That was a nice try. (say this after someone made a good effort but failed)
- That’s a real improvement.
- You’re on the right track.
- You’ve almost got it.
- You’re doing great.
- Don’t give up! / Hang in there!(when someone is currently having difficulties)
- You can do it!
- Give it your best shot. (best shot = best try, best effort)
- Nice job! / You did great! (after the person has done something good)
5 Phrases for Complaining
- I’m not happy about this.
- I’m sorry, but this is unacceptable.
- I’m not very satisfied with... [ex. this product / this situation]
- (informal) I can’t stand it when… [ex. the internet is slow]
- (informal) This sucks.
10 Phrases for Remembering, Reminding, & Forgetting
- I’ll always remember… / I’ll never forget…
- If I remember correctly… / As far as I can recall…
- I have a vague recollection of…
- It’s on the tip of my tongue. (=I’m trying to remember, but I can’t quite remember)
- My mind went blank. (= I couldn’t remember/think of anything)
- It doesn’t ring a bell. (=it doesn’t sound familiar)
- Please remember to… / Please don’t forget to…
- I’d like to remind you about…
- You haven’t forgotten to/about… have you?
- It completely slipped my mind! (= I completely forgot about it!)
10 Phrases for Saying Something is Easy & Difficult
- It’s a piece of cake.
- It’s a cinch.
- It’s a breeze.
- Anyone can do it.
- There’s nothing to it.
- It’s hard.
- It’s a bit tricky.
- It’s really tough.
- It’s not a walk in the park.
- It’s very demanding. (= it takes a lot of time and energy)
10 Expressions about Age
- She’s in her early twenties. (=20-23 years old)
- He’s in his late thirties. (=37-39 years old)
- She just turned six.
- Act your age! (use this when an adult is being immature, acting like a child)
- I’m not as young as I used to be.
- I’m not over the hill yet! (over the hill = an informal expression to say "old”)
- He’s no spring chicken. (= he’s not young)
- She’s wise beyond her years. (she is young, but she has the wisdom of an older person)
- I’m having a senior moment. (= I’m being forgetful)
- He lived to a ripe old age. (= a very old age)
10 Phrases for Shopping
- Do you have… ?
- Where can I find… ?
- I’m just browsing. (browsing = looking casually)
- I’m looking for…
- How much is this?
- Is this on sale?
- Can I try it on? (use this to ask if you can put on clothing to see if it’s the right size)
- I’ll take it!
- Do you take credit cards?
- I’d like to return/exchange this.
10 Phrases for Talking about Food
- I’m starving! (= I’m very hungry)
- Let’s grab a bite to eat.
- How about eating out tonight? (eat out = eat at a restaurant)
- I brought some snacks.
- This soup is delicious!
- Could I have another helping of… [potatoes]? (another helping = another portion)
- I’ll have… (use this phrase for ordering in a restaurant)
- Could we get the check, please?
- I’m full. (= I’m satisfied)
- I’m stuffed. (= I ate a LOT, maybe too much!)
10 Phrases for Talking About TV
- Where’s the remote? (remote = remote control)
- Is there anything good on?
- Can I change the channel?
- I’ve already seen this episode.
- This is a rerun. (rerun = an old episode that was already shown on TV previously)
- I love this show!
- There are too many commercials.
- Stop channel-surfing. (channel-surfing = changing the channel quickly)
- Check the TV guide. (the TV guide has the information about the TV programming and schedule)
- It’s the season finale! (= the final episode of the season)
10 Phrases You’ll Hear in the Airport
- Do you have any bags to check?
- Would you like a window seat or an aisle seat? (aisle = corridor)
- Here’s your boarding pass. (boarding pass = the paper that permits you to enter the plane)
- Your flight leaves from gate 15.
- Your seat number is 8F.
- Flight 800 is now boarding. (boarding = passengers can enter the plane)
- Your flight has been delayed.
- Your flight has been canceled.
- This is the final call for flight 800.
- What is the purpose of your trip?
10 Ways to Talk About Price
- It cost a fortune.
- It cost an arm and a leg.
- That’s a rip-off. (= overpriced; far more expensive than it should be)
- I can’t afford it. (= I don’t have enough money to buy it)
- That’s a bit pricey.
- That’s quite reasonable. (= it’s a good price)
- It’s 20% off. (= there’s a 20% discount)
- That’s a good deal. (= a good value for the amount of money)
- It was a real bargain.
- It was dirt cheap. (= extremely inexpensive)
5 Phrases for Hot Weather
- It’s nice and warm today.
- It’s absolutely boiling! (boiling = extremely hot)
- We’re having a real heat wave. (heat wave = many consecutive days of hot weather)
- The sun’s really strong today.
- It’s hot and humid.
5 Phrases for Cold Weather
- It’s a little chilly.
- It’s freezing. (= extremely cold)
- The temperature’s dropping.
- Make sure to bundle up. (bundle up = put on warm clothes for protection against the cold)
- We’re expecting some winter weather. (winter weather = snow, hail, sleet, ice, etc.)
5 Phrases for Talking about Rain
- It’s drizzling. (= raining lightly)
- It’s pouring. (= raining heavily)
- It’s raining cats and dogs. (= raining heavily)
- I got caught in a downpour.
- I think the rain’s letting up. (letting up = getting lighter and stopping)
10 Ways to Say You’re Tired
- I’m exhausted.
- I’m dead tired.
- I’m pooped.
- I’m spent.
- I’m beat.
- I’m running on fumes. / I’m running on empty.
- I can hardly keep my eyes open.
- I’m off to bed.
- I’m gonna hit the sack. (hit the sack = go to bed)
- It’s bedtime for me.
5 Phrases for Promises & Resolutions
- I really should…
- I promise that I’ll…
- I swear I’ll / I won’t… (a very strong promise)
- No matter what happens, I’m going to…
- Come hell or high water, I’ll…
#4 and #5 express your determination to do something, even if obstacles appear.
10 Excuses for Being Late
- Sorry I’m late.
- I overslept. (= I slept longer than I should have)
- My alarm didn’t go off.
- I had to wait ages for a bus. (ages = a very long time)
- The bus was late.
- The traffic was terrible.
- I couldn’t find a parking spot.
- I got lost coming here.
- I was tied up in a meeting. (tied up = occupied, impossible to escape)
- I just lost track of time. (= I didn’t notice what time it was)
5 Ways to Say Someone is Correct
- That’s right.
- That’s spot on.
- You’ve hit the nail on the head. / You’ve nailed it.
- I suppose so. (use this when you agree, but you are not completely convinced)
- I’m afraid you’re right. (use this in response to bad news, to say the bad news is correct)
5 Ways to Say Someone is Wrong
- I’m afraid that’s not quite right.
- I’m afraid you’re mistaken.
- No, you’ve got it wrong.
- No, that’s all wrong.
- (informal – rude) Baloney. / Bullshit.
5 Ways to Say Someone is Smart
- He’s really sharp.
- She’s brilliant.
- He’s very bright.
- She’s a genius.
- He’s a smart cookie.
5 Ways to Say Someone is Stupid
- He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.
- She’s a few cards short of a deck.
- He’s a bit slow.
- She’s a complete idiot.
- He’s really dumb.
10 Ways to Avoid Answering a Question
- No comment.
- I’m not at liberty to say. (= I don’t have permission to give the information)
- Wait and see. (= you will discover the answer later)
- Let me get back to you. (= I will give you the answer later)
- I’m sorry, that’s confidential.
- I’m sorry, that’s personal.
- I’d rather not talk about it.
- It’s none of your business.
- Mind your own business.
- Why do you want to know?
#8 and #9 are rather rude – telling the other person to stop inquiring about your life
15 Phrases for Being Rich & Poor
- He’s short on cash.
- He’s broke. (= he has no money)
- His bank account is overdrawn.
- He’s just scraping by. (= he is just barely surviving on little money)
- He makes minimum wage. (= he earns the minimum salary)
- He’s pinching pennies.
- He’s scrimping and saving.
- She’s very wealthy.
- She’s quite well-off.
- She’s loaded.
- She’s filthy rich.
- She inherited a fortune.
- She’s making a killing.
- She’s raking in the cash.
- She’s rolling in dough.
10 Phrases for Talking about Statistics
- The crime rate rose.
- The crime rate went up.
- There was a sharp increase in crime. (sharp = sudden and large)
- There was a gradual rise in crime.
- There was a spike in crime. (spike = a sudden increase and then decrease)
- The crime rate reached its peak. (peak = the highest point)
- The crime rate plateaued. (plateaued = stayed at the same level)
- There was a slight decrease in crime.
- The crime rate dropped.
- The crime rate plummeted. (= decreased a lot, very quickly)
10 Ways to Say Someone’s Talented
- She was born to… [dance].
- He’s a natural.
- She could do it in her sleep.
- He knows it inside out.
- She knows [New York] like the back of her hand.
- She’s a walking encyclopedia of… [philosophy].
- He’s in a class of his own.
- He’s the best in the business.
- She’s very gifted.
- He’s a [chemistry] whiz.
10 Phrases for Telling Someone to Wait
- Could you give me a minute?
- (informal) Hang on a sec / Just a sec.
- Hold on...
- Let me see/think…
- I'll be right with you.
- Bear with me.
- That’ll have to wait.
- Be patient.
- Not so fast!
- Hold your horses!
#9 and #10 are used for cautioning someone to wait and not make a bad decision or take reckless action.
10 Phrases for Estimating & Guessing
- If I had to take a guess, I’d say… [she’s about 35 years old].
- It’s difficult to say, but I think… [our customers are more satisfied].
- Off the top of my head, I’d say… [the company has 500 employees]. (= what I remember/estimate, without checking the actual statistics)
- It’s about… [10 miles away].
- It’s around… [three hours long].
- I wouldn’t be surprised if… [Peter asks Jill to marry him].
- There’s a good chance… [it’ll rain tomorrow].
- I have a feeling/hunch… [the boss won’t be happy about this]. (hunch = an instinctive feeling)
- I bet… [he’ll be late].
- Your guess is as good as mine. (= I don’t know)
10 Phrases for Decisions
- I’m debating between… [option A and option B]
- I can’t make up my mind.
- I’m on the fence. (= I’m in the middle, I don’t know what to decide)
- I’ll take that into consideration.
- On the other hand…
- I’m having second thoughts. (= I’m reconsidering my decision)
- I changed my mind.
- He convinced/persuaded me to…
- Looking back, I know it was the right decision.
- It’s up to you. (= You can decide)
10 Phrases for Good Luck & Bad Luck
- Good luck!
- Better luck next time. (say this after someone fails, and you hope they do better next time)
- Just my luck! (this is a sarcastic phrase meaning that something UNLUCKY happened)
- Lucky you!
- That was a stroke of luck. (= a sudden event of good luck)
- Some people have all the luck. (say this when someone else is constantly lucky, and you feel like you’re not lucky)
- As luck would have it… (= by chance)
- He’s down on his luck. (= he’s having a long period of bad luck or difficulty)
- No such luck. (= something good that could have happened, didn’t happen)
- What rotten luck!
10 Phrases for Worries & Relief
- I’m scared that…
- I can’t help thinking that… (use this for thoughts that you try to avoid, but they keep coming into your mind)
- It’s been keeping me up at night. (use this when you’re so worried about something that you can’t sleep)
- What if… ?
- Thank goodness!
- What a relief!
- You had me worried for a moment.
- You have no idea what a relief it is.
- That’s a huge load off my mind.
10 Phrases for Talking about the Future
- It’ll happen any day now.
- It’s right around the corner.
- …in the near future.
- It will/won’t happen in our lifetime. (= in the next 40-50 years)
- It’s a sign/taste of things to come. (= it indicates how things will be in the future)
- I’m counting down the days until… (= I’m excited about the future event, I can’t wait for it to happen)
- Sooner or later… / It’s bound to happen eventually. (= it will definitely happen sometime in the future)
- I’ll get around to it. (= I’ll do it sometime in the future, but I don’t know exactly when)
- I’ll do it right away. / I’ll get right on it. (= I’ll do it immediately)
- Time will tell. (in the future, we will know if something is true/false or good/bad)
#1, #2, and #3 are used to say something will happen soon.
10 Phrases for Compliments
#1-3 are used for complimenting a person’s appearance #4-6 for complimenting a person’s cooking #7-8 for complimenting a person’s home #9-10 for complimenting a person’s children.
- You look nice. / You look amazing!
- What a beautiful [necklace/dress/etc.]!
- I like your [shirt/shoes/haircut/etc.]
- The lasagna is delicious.
- You’re a fantastic cook.
- My compliments to the chef!
- What a nice apartment!
- You have a beautiful home.
- He’s/She’s so cute!
- Your kids are a lot of fun.
15 Phrases for Certainty & Probability
- I’m absolutely sure.
- I’m positive that…
- I have no doubt that…
- I’m a hundred percent certain.
- I’m convinced that…
- Chances are that… (= this will probably happen)
- Odds are that… (= this will probably happen)
- I seriously doubt it.
- I don’t think so.
- Probably not.
- It’s not very likely.
- There’s not much chance of that.
- I’d be very surprised if that happened.
- I wouldn’t bet on it. (= there’s a small chance it could happen… but it probably won’t happen)
- That’ll never happen.
10 Ways to Say Something is Interesting/Boring
- It’s fascinating.
- It’s intriguing.
- I couldn’t tear myself away.
- I couldn’t put it down. (this phrase is used for en extremely interesting book)
- I was so into it, I lost track of time.
- It does nothing for me.
- I was bored to tears.
- I was bored to death.
- I was dying of boredom.
- It’s about as exciting as watching paint dry. (= it’s very boring)
10 Phrases for Cheering Someone Up
- What’s the matter?
- What’s wrong?
- Are you all right?
- You look a bit down. (= a little sad)
- Is there anything I can do to help?
- Cheer up! / Chin up!
- It’s not so bad.
- Everything will be OK.
- Look on the bright side. (= consider the positive aspects)
- It’s not the end of the world. (this phrase is used when someone is upset about something small and trivial)
7 Phrases for Disappointment
- What a pity!
- What a shame.
- How disappointing.
- That’s too bad.
- It was a real letdown.
- It didn’t live up to my expectations.
10 Ways to Say You Don’t Believe Someone
- Yeah, right.
- You're kidding.
- You're pulling my leg.
- That's a bit of an exaggeration.
- He’s stretching the truth.
- He’s not telling the whole truth.
- She’s being economical with the truth. (= she’s lying or not telling the entire truth)
- His story is fishy.
- That's an outright lie.
- That's a pack of lies.
10 Expressions for Bad People
- He’s a creep. (= unpleasant, suspicious, makes you afraid/uneasy)
- He’s a pervert. (= someone with disgusting sexual tendencies)
- He’s a sicko.
- He’s a scumbag.
- He’s an asshole.
- He’s a jerk.
- He’s a bastard.
- She’s a bitch. (= she’s irritating and unpleasant)
- She’s a psycho. (= crazy, irrational)
- She’s a slut. (= she has sex with a lot of people)
10 Words for Describing Speaking
- He yelled.
- She screamed.
- I whispered. (= spoke in an extremely quiet voice)
- We chatted. (= had an informal conversation)
- He mumbled. (= spoke in a low voice, not clearly, without opening his mouth much)
- My kids whined. (= complained)
- He rambled. / He went on and on. (= talked too much without stopping)
- She stammered.
- I snapped at my husband. (= said a quick and angry remark)
- He muttered. (= spoke in a low voice, usually making complaints or negative comments)
10 Phrases for Facial Expressions
- She was beaming. (= she had a big, radiant smile)
- The kids were smiling from ear to ear.
- He looked puzzled. (= confused)
- She grinned. (= had a small smile)
- He winced when the doctor gave him an injection. (= had a quick expression of pain)
- She gave me a dirty look. (= looked at me angrily)
- She blushed. (= her face turned red because she was embarrassed)
- His eyes were glazed over. (= he appeared
- Why the long face? (an informal expression to ask why someone looks sad or upset)
- Her expression was unreadable. (= you can’t know what she is feeling)
10 Phrases to Describe Offending or Upsetting People
- They got off on the wrong foot. (= when they first met, they didn’t get along)
- He got on the teacher’s bad side.
- She took offense at his comment.
- He has a chip on his shoulder. (= he is easily offended)
- She got bent out of shape.
- He left in a huff.
- She got her panties in a wad.
- He has a short fuse. (= he gets angry easily)
- She dissed my mother. (= she insulted/disrespected my mother)
- He got his nose out of joint.
#5, #7, #10 all mean the person got irritated/annoyed
10 Phrases for Bad Travel Experiences
- My flight was overbooked. (overbooked = there were too many passengers and not enough seats)
- My flight was delayed/canceled.
- My luggage was lost.
- I was jet-lagged. (= I felt tired because of the time zone difference between my origin and destination)
- My hotel was in a seedy area. (seedy = possibly unsafe)
- I was mugged. (= I was robbed on the street)
- The weather was miserable.
- I got the runs. (= diarrhea)
- The place was a tourist trap. (= made only for tourists; not authentic)
- I couldn’t wait to get back home.
10 Phrases for Drinking (Alcohol)
- It’s on me. (= I’ll buy you a drink)
- I’d like to make a toast. (= I’d like to honor a person/event/idea)
- Here’s to… (your health / the New Year / our success)!
- Another round of drinks, please.
- Put it on my tab. (tab = bill to pay later, before you leave)
- He’s a bit tipsy. (= a little bit drunk)
- He’s completely sloshed/wasted/plastered. (= completely drunk)
- She’s trying to drown her sorrows. (= drinking alcohol for relief from pain/sadness)
- I’m the designated driver. (= I’m not drinking alcohol because I will drive other people home later)
- I had a hangover. / I was hung over. (= the bad feeling you have the morning after drinking too much)
15 Comparative Idioms
- It’s as light as a feather.
- It’s as dry as a bone.
- It’s as flat as a pancake.
- He’s as mad as a hornet.
- It’s as old as the hills.
- It’s as quick as lightning.
- She’s as sick as a dog.
- He’s as strong as an ox.
- They’re as different as night and day.
- She’s as stubborn as a mule.
- He’s as proud as a peacock.
- She’s as white as a sheet. (usually used when someone is very afraid or very sick)
- It’s as solid as a rock.
- It’s as good as new. (used after something broken has been repaired)
- It’s as clear as mud. (= it’s not clear at all)