2014 July

Give Someone the Boot

Give Someone the Boot   = 1) fire, dismiss someone from their job = 2) to end a romantic relationship with someone   Ex: After the found out the employee was stealing money, they “gave him the boot” and told him he was fired. Ex:  I had worked at that job for over 10 years, […]

Don’t Bite the Hand That Feeds You

Don’t Bite the Hand That Feeds You   = don’t disrespect people who do things for you   Ex: I don’t like my boss, but I don’t want to say anything bad to him.  I don’t want to “bite the hand that feeds me.” Ex: His parents kicked him out for stealing money from them.  […]

Bone Chilling

“Bone Chilling”   = 1)very cold     2) causing strong feelings of fear, terror, etc. (* Sometimes it may be shortened to “chilling.”     Ex: The winter weather in Chicago with the strong winds is “bone chilling.” Ex: I had a “bone chilling” feeling when I heard the bear walking near our tent. […]

Bucket List

Bucket List   = a list of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime  Ex:  I decided to make a “bucket list” of things I wanted to do before I die. Ex:  One of the things on my “bucket list” is to go to Ireland.  

Ask Evil #3

Guest: Yumi   (Scroll down to listen to the podcast)   Yumi and I chat about the English language as well as the following: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield What is resistance? What is procrastination?   What is the meaning of: “sly like a fox” “busy as a bee” “busy as a beaver” […]

The Grass is Greener On the Other Side of the Fence.

The Grass is Greener On the Other Side of the Fence.     = Always the things other people have or their situations always look better than your own     Ex.  In America, the Beatles have the most #1 songs.  While in England, Elvis has the most #1 songs. I guess, “the grass is […]

Bite the Bullet

Bite the Bullet   = decide to do something difficult or unpleasant that one has been putting off or hesitating over   Ex: Sometimes you just have to “bite the bullet” and make the best of a bad situation. Ex: Car drivers are “biting the bullet” and paying higher fees for gas.    

Balls to the Wall

Balls to the Wall   = to push to the limit, go all out, full speed   *Origin: term used by pilots when accelerating quickly, the throttle is pushed all the way to the panel and the throttle lever (ball) actually touches the panel (wall).   Ex:  The basketball game was almost over, so our […]


Behold   = see or observe a thing/person, (especially a remarkable or impressive one) *Sometimes you might see the phrase “lo and behold” = look and see (used to show surprise)   Ex: “Behold”, your king! Ex: Welcome to the freak show.  “Behold,” the bearded lady and the wolf boy. Ex: I decided to buy […]

Hit the Deck

Hit the Deck   = fall or drop suddenly, usually to evade some danger   Ex: The soldier yelled “Hit the deck!” when he heard gunfire. Ex:  We saw the enemy shooting the cannon, so we “hit the deck,” and put our hands over our heads.