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Published: 20/05/2019
KS5 | Introduction to language study
3 pages

Exploring idioms

A resource that guides students in exploring idiomatic expressions. 

Students provide definitions and explanations of the etymology of the following expressions:

  • barking up the wrong tree
  • don’t look a gift horse in the mouth
  • shooting yourself in the foot
  • crying over spilt milk
  • raining cats and dogs
  • Bob’s your uncle
  • cat has got your tongue
  • you’re pulling my leg
  • wear your heart on your sleeve
  • being in the doghouse
  • piece of cake
  • let the cat out of the bag.

Students then explore what happens when idioms are translated into other languages.


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