Hey guys! Welcome to [Phrases] today!
Imagine this: one day, a friend of yours showed you a picture of a nice pair of shoes, and he said:” I really like the color and the design of the shoes, but it will cost me an arm and a leg to get them.” Naturally, you’ll think he was kidding, how can something unharmful make you lose an arm and a leg, right?
Well, this is just a figure of speech. The phrase “pay an arm and a leg” means that what you’re purchasing is very expensive, or more expensive than it should be. For example, you can say “Her parents paid an arm and a leg for the wedding” or “the wedding cost her parents an arm and a leg“.
For today’s [Phrases], we’ve prepared for you several idioms relating to “arm” and “leg“, let’s take a look!
1. keep at arm’s length
to avoid being very close to or friendly with someone or something
He wants to keep his gossipy neighbour at arm’s length.
They no longer trust her and are keeping her at arm’s length.
2. up in arms
passionately protesting something because you are angry or upset
My father was up in arms when he found out my sister became pregnant before she got married.
The entire population is up in arms about the police brutality and racism.
3. Break a leg!
an expression that is used to wish someone luck, especially in a performance
“Break a leg!” shouted the stage director to his actors before the beginning of the play.
You have an exam tomorrow? Break a leg!
4. give someone a leg up
to hold one’s hands together so that someone can step into them while climbing up onto something; to give someone an advantage over others
I don’t think I can get on this horse without help. Can someone give me a leg up?
These skills will give you a leg up in the job market.
5. have legs
if a news story, an idea, a movie, etc. has legs, people will continue to be interested in it, or it will be successful, popular, etc. for a long time
We’ll soon see if the movie has legs.
This latest scandal has legs – you’ll probably still be reading about it in a year’s time.
6. pull someone’s leg
to play a trick on someone, usually by making them believe something that is not true
You saw a rat as big as a dog? Are you pulling my leg?
I panicked when he said the test was tomorrow, but then I realized he was just pulling my leg.
Please make some sentences with the phrases we just mentioned by yourself!
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