By Patrick MayerCallan Method teacher at ABC School of English 

 

Beat around the bush
A typical British saying meaning you’re purposely avoiding the topic in question, not speaking directly about the issue.

An arm and a leg
A phrase used to exaggerate when something is overpriced. For example: ‘This pint cost me an arm and a leg!’

 

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Steal someone’s thunder
To take credit for someone else’s work or to receive praise when it is not deserved.

 

Taste of your own medicine
Tasting your own medicine is when you get treated the way you’ve been treating others.

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Best thing since sliced bread
Basically meaning a good invention or innovation – a good idea or a good plan. Because the best thing to happen to the Brits is sliced bread.

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5 classic English idioms to get your head around