Phrasal verbs and sayings – a taster


I posted here a small list of phrasal verbs. Today I found a neat site with more of these, plus sayings and other useful phrases for those with an interest in writing in English.

Here is a taster:

Steal one’s thunder

– Someone ‘steals your thunder’ when they use your ideas or inventions to their own advantage.

About the origin of this phrase here

Now a series of biblical originated phrases (as used in the King James version):

A man after my own heart (Samuel 13:14)

– A kindred spirit – someone I can agree with.

A fly in the ointment (Ecclesiastes 10:1)

– A small but irritating flaw that spoils the whole thing.

Bite the dust (Psalms 72 – “lick the dust”)

– Fall to the ground, wounded or dead.

By the skin of your teeth (Job 19:20 – Geneva Bible 1560)

– Narrowly; barely. Usually used in regard to a narrow escape from a disaster.

You can save my time and find many more on this site 🙂


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