Body Idioms in English

Commonly Used Idioms With Body Parts In English


1. Head start

Meaning: An advantage over everyone else

E.g. You've got a head start over / another’s trying to get the job because you've got relevant work experience.

2. Sight for sore eyes

Meaning: A sight that makes you happy

E.g. You're a sight for sore eyes!

3. A weight off your shoulders

Meaning: You no longer worry about something or deal with something difficult

E.g. Talking over my problem with myclose friend was a weight off my shoulders.

4. Pain in the neck

Meaning: Someone or something making your life difficult

E.g. This calculus homework is a real pain in the neck.

5. Gut feeling

Meaning: A sense or impression that your subconscious has about a person or situation

E.g. Jennifer's mother had a gut feeling thatsomething was wrong when her daughter wasn't home by 10o'clock.

6. Hands are tied

Meaning: You are prevented from doing something. It is not within your power.

E.g. I'd like to raise people's salaries but my hands are tied.

7. Joined at the hip

Meaning: To be exceptionally close to someone

E.g. Amy and her boss were joined at the hip; you never saw one without the other.

8. Week at the knees

Meaning: To feel emotion so strongly that it makes you feel unstable on your feet.

E.g. The thought of kissing him made me go weak at the knees.

9. Achilles heel

Meaning: A weakness that can result in failure

E.g. Maths has always been my achilles heel.

10. Find your feet

Meaning: To adjust to a new place or situation

E.g. Did it take you long to find your feet when you started your new job?

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