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Idiom: Think outside the box (meaning & examples)

The idiom "think outside the box" means to think creatively to find new ways of doing things or solving problems. Here are some examples of this idiom...

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Idiom: A nose for something (meaning & examples)

The idiom "a nose for something" means to have a talent for finding or recognizing something. These examples will make the meaning of this phrase very clear...

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Idiom: A needle in a Haystack (meaning and examples)

The idiom "a needle in a haystack" describe something that's very difficult to find. These sentence examples will make the idiom easy to understand...

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Idiom: Nose around (meaning & examples)

The idiom "nose around" means to try to find information about something or someone. These examples will make the meaning of this phrase very clear...

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Idiom: Powder one’s nose (meaning & examples)

The idiom "powder your nose" means to go use the toilet (used for women). Here are some sentence examples to make the meaning very clear...

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Idiom: Stick your nose into something (meaning & examples)

The idiom "stick your nose into something" means to try to find information about something that's private. Here are some examples to make the meaning clear...

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Idiom: Turn your nose up at something (meaning & examples)

The idiom "turn your nose up at something" means to not like something because you think it’s not good enough for you. Here are some examples of this phrase...

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Idiom: Under someone’s nose (meaning & examples)

The idiom "under someone's nose" refers to something that is clearly visible and should be seen but is not noticed. Here are some sentence examples...

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Idiom: A notch above someone (meaning & examples)

The idiom "a notch above" someone/something means something is slightly superior to someone/something else. Here are some sentence examples of this phrase...

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Idiom: Make a mental note (meaning & examples)

The idiom "make a mental note" means to make an effort to remember something you don’t write down on paper. Here are some examples of this phrase...

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Idiom: Compare notes (meaning & examples)

The idiom "compare notes" means to exchange information and opinions about something.

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Idiom: Nothing much (meaning & examples)

The idiom "nothing much" means not of great importance or not a large amount of something. These sentences will make the meaning of this idiom clear...

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Idiom: There’s nothing to it (meaning & examples)

The idiom "there’s nothing to it" means something is easy to do. Here are several sentence examples to help you understand this idiom...

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Idiom: At a moment’s notice (meaning & examples)

The idiom "at a moment’s notice" means almost immediately. Here are several sentence examples to help you understand and use this popular English phrase...

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Idiom: On short notice (meaning & examples)

The idiom "on short notice" means with a brief amount of warning. These sentence examples will help you understand and remember this phrase...

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Idiom: Take notice (meaning & examples)

The idiom "take notice" means to give attention to something. These sentence examples will make the meaning of this idiom easy to understand...

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Idiom: Against the odds (meaning & examples)

The idiom "against the odds" means despite a lot of difficulty or challenges. These sentences examples will help make the meaning clear and easy to remember.

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Idiom: Rise to the occasion (meaning & examples)

The idiom "rise to the occasion" means to successfully handle a difficult situation. These examples will make the meaning of this idiom easy to understand...

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Idiom: Occur to someone (meaning & examples)

The idiom "occur to someone" means to think of or realize something. These sentence examples will help you understand and remember this phrase...

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Idiom: Odds and ends (meaning & examples)

The idiom "odds and ends" refers to a group of miscellaneous (often unimportant) things. These sentences will help you understand the meaning of this phrase...

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Idiom: At odds with someone (meaning & examples)

The idiom "at odds" with someone or something means to not be in agreement. These sentence examples will make the meaning of this idiom easy to understand...

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Idiom: Of course (meaning & examples)

The idiom "of course" is used in several ways including to answer "yes" and to give permission. Click here to learn the other meanings...

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Idiom: Of late (meaning & examples)

The idiom "of late" means recently or lately. These sentence examples will make the meaning of this idiom easy to understand...

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Idiom: Off and on (meaning & examples)

The idiom "off and on" means sometimes but not regularly. These sentence examples will make the meaning of this idiom easy to understand...

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Idiom: Up and running (meaning & examples)

The idiom "up and running" means operating or functioning normally or properly. Here are some examples of this idiom to help you understand the meaning...

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Idiom: No offense (meaning & examples)

The idiom "no offense" is used to inform someone you don't want to offend them with what you're going to say. These examples will help clarify the meaning...

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Idiom: The same old same old (meaning & examples)

The idiom "the same old same old" means something has stayed the same as before. These sentence examples will make the meaning very clear...

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Idiom: On a diet (meaning & examples)

The idiom "on a diet" means eating particular types and/or amounts of food. These examples will help you understand the meaning of this phrase...

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Idiom: Once and for all (meaning & examples)

The idiom "once and for all" means finally and completely. These sentence examples will help make the meaning clear and easy to remember...

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Idiom: One after the other (meaning & examples)

The idiom "one after the other" means one thing is followed by the next person or thing. These sentence examples will help make the meaning clear...

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Time Flies Idiom

The idiom 'time flies' means time goes by very quickly. Here are more than 10 sentences examples to help you learn and remember the meaning of this phrase.

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Idiom: Keyed up (meaning & examples)

The idiom "keyed up" means to either be very excited about something or very anxious and nervous. These sentence examples will help make the meanings clear...

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Idiom: One and only (meaning & examples)

The idiom "one and only" refers to the only person or type of something. These sentence examples will help make the meaning clear and easy to remember...

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Idiom: Give something the once over (meaning & examples)

The idiom "give something the once over" means to make a decision or judgment after very quickly looking at something. Here are some examples of this idiom...

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Love idioms: A short Valentine's day love story

Learn 11 love idioms in this Valentine's day love story including "hit it off," "three little words," "pop the question," "get hitched" and other love idioms.

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Idiom: Once again (meaning & examples)

The idiom "once again" means as before or another time. These sentence examples will help make the meaning clear and easy to remember.

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Learn English Have Fun's October News

Boo! This month we take a look at fall foliage in the Washington, DC area as well as other really fun autumn activities and edible treats!

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Idiom: the waiting list (meaning & examples)

The idiom "the waiting list" is a list of people waiting for something that's not available right now. These examples will make the meaning clear.

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Idiom: On a shoestring (meaning & examples)

The idiom "on a shoestring" means with very little money or a very small budget. These sentence examples will make the meaning of this idiom very clear...

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Idiom: On and on (meaning & examples)

The idiom "on and on" means continuously without stopping. These sentence examples will make the meaning of this idiom easy to understand...

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Idiom: The world is your oyster (Meaning & examples)

The idiom "the world is your oyster" is used to say that you can do anything or go anywhere you want in life. Here are some sentence examples of this idiom...

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Learn American English & Customs

This month you'll learn American English with the REAL story about the first Thanksgiving.

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Learn sleep idioms : Infographic

This sleep idioms infographic includes common English expressions related to sleep. Learn "toss and turn," "dead to the world," "count sheep," and more!

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Learn 10 Autumn Idioms

Learn 10 autumn idioms for this third season of the year. This infographic also includes examples of each idiomatic expression.

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Pawesome Dog Idioms

These dog idioms will expand your vocabulary and remind you of man's best friend. Be sure to let me know which one is your favorite in the comments.

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Present Continuous Tense (Present Progressive Tense)

We use the present continuous tense in several different ways in English. These explanations and examples will help you feel confident about when to use it.

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All About the Present Continuous

Learn the forms of the present continuous including the affirmative, negative, question and short forms. There are also examples to make everything very clear.

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English Seasons & Weather Vocabulary

Learn English season and weather vocabulary with pictures and video, the perfect way to remember and hear the correct pronunciation of these English words.

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English Emotions Vocabulary

Knowing emotions vocabulary can be very helpful. Are you feeling amused or determined or resentful? You'll be delighted to learn these English vocabulary words!

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