Understanding Expressions and Idioms Through Pictures

 


This is a guest post by Cheryl Posey.  She is a licensed and nationally certified speech pathologist that focuses on Accent Reduction and Communication Skills Training.  You can find and follow her on her Speaking Your Best
 website. 

 

Take a look at the following illustrations of some common expressions and their definitions.

Each time you want to use one of them, try to remember the photo of them.  The funniest captions always make the biggest impression and are the easiest to remember!  

 

Laughter is the best medicine

Laughter is the best medicine

 

Expression:  laughter is the best medicine

Definition:  laughter takes the pain away. laughter makes us feel better. 

 

 

Copy cat

Copy Cat

 

Expression:  copy cat

Definition:  someone who imitates another person

 

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Just around the corner

Just around the corner

Expression:  just around the corner.

Definition: something that will be here very soon or something that is very close. 

 

Keep friends close and enemies closer

Keep friends close

 

Expression: keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

Definition: keep your friends close and enemies closer (so you can see what they are doing!) 

 

Bite one’s tongue 

Bite one's tongue

 

Expression:  bite one’s tongue

Definition:  force oneself not to say something

 

Knuckle sandwich

Knuckle sandwich

 

Expression: a knuckle sandwich

Definition:  a punch in the mouth

 

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Under the weather

Under the weather

 

Expression:  under the weather

Definition:  to feel sick or ill

 

In a pickle

In a pickle

 

Expression:  in a pickle

Definition:  in trouble

 

 

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Green thumb

Green thumb

Expression:  green thumb

Definition:  natural talent for growing plants

Raining cats and dogs

Raining cats and dogs

Expression:  raining cats and dogs

Definition:  raining very hard, pouring

 

 

 

Question: What techniques do you use to trigger your memory of expressions or idioms?  

 

 

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