Tuesday, January 20, 2015

5 More (American) Idioms in Numbers

On second thoughts

  • Meaning: After thinking about something, I've made a different decision
  • Synonym: to change one's mind
  • Example: "On second thoughts, I will join you after dinner tonight at the movies because I don't have to work early tomorrow.

Sixth sense

  • Meaning: A keen intuitive perception or insight, an extension of the five senses.
  • Synonym: instinct, "I've got the feeling that..."
  • Example: "My sixth sense tells me that she wasn't upset about her grade...I think she was upset about something else..."

The whole nine yards

  • Meaning: everything, all of it
  • Synonym: the works
  • Example: "We received the best of treatment on our business trip to New York, a driver, expensive restaurants and theatre tickets, the whole nine yards!

Twenty-four seven (24-7)

  • Meaning: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Synonym: day and night
  • Example: Denny's all around the United States are open 24/7


  • Meaning: Somebody who says or does one thing, but then says the opposite to someone else, untrustworthy, deceiving. 
  • Synonym:double dealing
  • Example: She's a two-faced woman.  She told you one thing, and then turned around and lied to my face!

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