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8 Creepy Body Idioms You Can’t Speak Without [Infographic]

These are those body idioms you should really know in English. Just don’t try to visualize them. It will be a scary movie! Anyway you will find the examples and explanations under the infographic. Enjoy!

body idioms

Provided by Kaplan

1. All ears - awaiting an explanation, listening eagerly and carefully

- Tell me how you managed to pass the exam, I’m all ears.

- She was all ears to find out where her husband had been the night before.

 

2. Cold shoulder (give sb the cold shoulder, get the cold shoulder) - paying no attention to something, a deliberate act of disrespect, an attitude of rejection

- I hoped she would come to the cinema with me, but I just got the cold shoulder.

- The manager has given the cold shoulder to our proposal to buy a new company car.

 

3. Itchy feet - a strong impulse to travel, restlessness, desire to leave

- Seeing a boat always gives me itchy feet.

- No wonder she’s got itchy feet. She’s been working in the same office with the same people for more than twelve years.

 

4. Long arm of the law - the far-reaching power of the authorities; the police, the law

- Stop this dirty business, the long arm of the law will reach you some day.

- He tried to live on shoplifting, but long arm of the law caught him in a week.

 

5. Old hand - a person with a lot of experience in something

- Our boss is an old hand in the car business, you can’t cheat him with this broken engine.

- The new chef was an old hand at making Italian dishes.

 

6. Sweet tooth - a great liking for sweet-tasting food, a weakness for sweets; someone with a liking for sweets

- She has a sweet tooth, but as she’s rather fat, she must resist eating chocolate too often.

- I’m a sweet tooth, I couldn’t help eating all the remains of my birthday cake after the party.

 

7. Elbow room - enough space to move or work in; freedom to do what you like

- There’s so little elbow room in our office that you must stand up from your desk if somebody wants to go out.

- The agents were given as much elbow room as they needed to increase the sales.

 

8. Eye-catching - tending to attract attention, visually attractive, striking

- There were lots of eye-catching posters at the entrance of the cinema.

- Her dress was so eye-catching that we couldn’t do anything but stare at her for minutes.

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