[Phrases] Think on your feet

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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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  • I have been made a metting with someone , I’m really up to my neck, can’t we do this another time?
    2 – I want a book by that I can learn and which doesn’t cost an arm and a leg 😥

    Everything which are gonna say, think on your feet 🙃 it’ll be better then don’t do this 😃

  • I have to think on my feet now because i been sitting on my hands for so long even if it cost me a arm and a leg which makes me feel that im up to my neck in this situation.

  • When i thinked to give an iphone 12 to my elder brother on his birthday i search the price of it when i saw it that time i felt as cost an arm and a leg

  • Think of your feet either you buy car or cycle
    He wants to do complaint to his teacher but his friend make him sit on his hand until teacher departed
    You can skip your dance class for this meeting you have to play it by your ear
    This house will cost me a leg and an arm
    She gets up to his neck when her friend insulted him

  • She asked me to visit her new house, which cost her an arm and leg, but I was up to my neck with work duties, so I told her I can’t set it now, let’s play it by ear.

  • 1- to get a good job you have to cost an arm and leg for it .
    2- I’m up to my neck in trouble

  • I have never seen a dictionary like this, great effort, I ll speak more but today I am up to my neck, thanks.

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