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Learn Idioms with Lewis School Staff!

Lewis School staff teaching idioms

If you’ve been on our Facebook or Instagram pages recently, you’ll have seen that our staff have been teaching you English expressions using photos. If you missed them, don’t worry – we’ve copied them here for you!

As Snug as a Bug in a Rug

Snug as a bug in a rug

Andrew and his daughter Hannah are demonstrating ‘as snug as a bug in a rug’.
This means ‘very cosy and comfortable.’
Example: Andrew is as snug as a bug in a rug!
See dictionary >

Cat Got Your Tongue?

Cat got your tongue?

Next, Abby and her cat Piglet are bringing you the idiom ‘cat got your tongue?’
When we want to ask someone why they are not saying anything, we say, ‘Cat got your tongue?’.
Example: You’re very quiet tonight. Cat got your tongue?
See dictionary >

Oh, and we tried – we really tried – to get Piglet to hold Abby’s tongue. But you know what cats are like! This is the best we could do!

Keep Your Eyes Peeled

Keep your eyes peeled

Suzie’s next, and she’s here to teach you the expression ‘keep your eyes peeled’.
When you keep your eyes peeled, you watch very carefully for someone or something.
Example: Jenny’s going to meet us here in the supermarket. Keep your eyes peeled for her!
See dictionary >

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Don't judge a book by its cover

Lastly, here’s Andrew again with some wise words: don’t judge a book by its cover.
This is a proverb which means that you shouldn’t assume that you know what someone or something is like just from their appearance. Appearances can be deceptive!
You can also say ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’ and ‘never judge a book by its cover’.
Example: She may be small, but she’s very strong – don’t judge a book by its cover!
See dictionary >

What do you say in your language?

Idioms are expressions whose meaning may not be obvious even if you know all the words they contain. For this reason, they’re often great fun to learn!

An idiom in one language may be totally different in another. Do have a different expression in your language for any of the idioms above? Leave a comment below.

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