Hey guys! Welcome to [Phrases] today!
The phrase “Think on your feet” translates to, “to think of ideas and make decisions very quickly“.
For example, the phrase “You have to think on your feet in this job.” means ” In this job you need to make decisions quickly, even in a difficult situation”.
Today we will learn some other common idioms related to body parts that are used every day.
1. Sit on your hands
This usually is used to describe how someone decides to do nothing or is not allowed to do anything.
He wanted to contact the customer and explain what happened. His boss told him to sit on his hands for a few days.
Workers are losing their jobs while the government sits on its hands and does nothing.
2. Play it by ear
This idiom means to decide how to deal with a situation as it develops, rather than acting according to plans made earlier.
I don’t know how they’ll react to our proposal, so we’ll just have to play it by ear and hope for the best.
We can’t make a decision yet. Let’s just play it by ear !
3. Cost an arm and a leg
We use this phrase when we are surprises or staggered by the cost of something.
He crashed his car on the way home. There was a lot of damage. It would cost him an arm and a leg to get it repaired!
I want a new car that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
4. Up to one’s neck
This is used to represent a time when we have a lot to do or we are in a lot of trouble.
I am up to my neck in work this week could we possibly meet next week instead?
He is up to his neck in bank debt as he borrowed a lot of money to buy that house.
That’s all for [Phrases] today. Now try to make at least one sentence with the phrases that you like! That will help you to remember them.
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