(to be) back on your feet Meaning: to have recovered after a period of illness, or to have recovered after being in a bad situation (e.g financial) Example: – I’m finally back on my feet this week after being so sick with the flu. – It took the company quite some time to get back on its feet after the financial crisis
(to be) firing on all cylinders Meaning: to be functioning as best as possible Example: – I’m firing on all cylinders now after training every day for two months – He hasn’t really been firing on all cylinders lately, his work performance wasn’t very good last month.
(to be) as fit as a fiddle Meaning: to be very fit and healthy Example: My grandpa is almost 90 years old and he’s still as fit as a fiddle.
(to be) as fresh as a daisy Meaning: to feel refreshed and energised Example: I usually feel as fresh as a daisy after taking an afternoon nap.
(to be) as good as gold Meaning: to describe someone or something that is feeling, acting, or functioning well Example: – I feel as good as gold after getting a massage yesterday. – Despite the forecast, the weather was as good as gold on our trip down south. – My cars about twenty years old, but it still works as good as gold.
(to be) homesick Meaning: when you really long for, or miss your home after being away for a period of time Example: I was feeling so homesick during the first two weeks of living here. But after two months I got used to it. Now I never want to go home!
(to be) on your last legs | on its last legs Meaning: when someone or something is almost completely exhausted, broken or worn out Example: – My motorbikes pretty much on its last legs. I think I’ll need to buy a new one soon. – Thank god you brought me a coffee. I was really on my last legs before that, and I’ve got another 2 hours of work to do.
(to look | feel) like death warmed up Meaning: when someone looks really unwell, because they are sick, tired, or exhausted Example: Jenny looks like death warmed up today. She must have had a busy weekend partying.
(to) kick the bucket Meaning: when someone dies (could be offensive), or something is completely broken Example: – When I kick the bucket I want to donate all my money to charity. – I have to use public transport to get around now since my motorbike kicked the bucket last week.
(to be) off colour Meaning: to be feeling or looking unwell, when your face is pale or white Example: I was feeling a little off colour after lunch, so I took the rest of the day off.
(to be) as right as rain Meaning: to describe someone or something that is feeling or functioning well (similar to as good as gold) Example: I was quite sick yesterday, but after a good night’s sleep I’m feeling as right as rain.
(to be) as sick as a dog Meaning: to be very sick Example: I was as sick as a dog last week. Thank god my mother was there to look after me.
(to be | feel) under the weather Meaning: to be feeling unwell Example: I’m feeling a little under the weather today after such a busy week.
(to be | feel) worse for wear Meaning: to feel worn out, exhausted or unwell. Also can be used to describe an object Example: – I’m really feeling a little worse for wear after partying all weekend. – My motorbikes looking a bit worse for wear after driving it through the forest all day
You are what you eat Meaning: a phrase used to show the connection between your health and the food you eat Example: I don’t eat pork. You are what you eat you know!
(to be) as free as a bird Meaning: to feel free of responsibilities or worry Example: After finishing my final examinations and graduating from university I felt as free as a bird.
(to be) green with envy Meaning: to very envious or jealous Example: She was green with envy when she saw my new bicycle. 66. (to be) as proud as a peacock Meaning: to be very proud about something, sometimes used in a negative context when someone is overly proud about themselves Example: Christine has been walking around as proud as a peacock all day since she found out that she was the top student in the class.
(to be) written all over your face Meaning: when someone’s true feelings are very obvious because of the expression on their face Example: She said she was okay, but I could see she was angry, it was written all over her face.
(to be) quaking in your boots Meaning: to be very scared, especially so scared you are shaking Example: I was quaking in my boots when I was at home alone last night. That horror film I watched the other night really scared me.
(to) rub it in Meaning: to continually talk about something that embarrasses or upsets someone, particularly a mistake they have made or something they have done wrong Example: I know I’ve made a mistake, but you don’t have to rub it in all day.
(to) run out of steam Meaning: to lose energy, motivation, or enthusiasm when doing something Example: I’m really starting to run out of steam with this project, it’s just starting to become very boring and tedious.
(to) ruffle someone’s feathers Meaning: to do something that annoys or upsets someone Example: I really ruffled some feathers at the meeting last week with my new changes to the team member’s responsibilities. Many people were upset with the new workload.
ups and downs Meaning: the good times and the bad times Example: My best friend and I have been through a lot of ups and downs together.
(to be) water off a duck’s back Meaning: when someone’s insults or criticism doesn’t affect you Example: I’m not worried about what they are saying about me, it’s water off a duck’s back.
(to be) weak at the knees Meaning: to be overcome with an emotion so strongly that it makes you feel unstable while standing Example: When I heard the terrible news about his death, I become weak at the knees and had to lie down.
(to) wear your heart on your sleeve Meaning: to show your feelings and emotions openly and not hide them Example: I’m quite a shy person, not the type who wears their heart on their sleeve.
(to be) the living proof of something Meaning: to be an example or proof that something is possible or can be done Example: Many celebrities are living proof that money can’t buy you happiness.
(to be) no skin off my nose Meaning: to say that something won’t affect you Example: I don’t care if they don’t come to my party, it’s no skin off my nose.
(to have) your head in the clouds Meaning: to have an unrealistic view of things happening in your life, or to be daydreaming or absentminded Example: Jenny really is out of touch with reality sometimes, she walks around with her head in the clouds all day.
(to) cut like a knife Meaning: when something causes great emotional pain or suffering Example: When my girlfriend broke up with me, it really cut like a knife.
(to) shake like a leaf Meaning: to be so scared you are shaking with fear (similar to quaking in your boots) Example: I was shaking like a leaf after the accident happened, it was a very frightening experience.
(to be) as comfortable as an old shoe | pair of slippers Meaning: to be very familiar and comfortable with someone or a certain situation Example: She’s as comfortable as an old shoe standing in front of thousands of people, she’s been presenting seminars for years now.
(to be) as innocent | gentle as a lamb Meaning: to be a very gentle, innocent, or naïve person Example: I’m certain she isn’t the one to blame for this terrible situation, she’s as innocent as a lamb.