Five English idioms series

In the Five English idioms series, we are going to share with you five idioms every day to help you improve your English speaking skills.

Five English idioms series

1-Back to the drawing board: Used to indicate that an idea or plan has been unsuccessful and a new one must be created.


-His plan was a failure, so he is back to the drawing board.
-If our project is not accepted, so we have to go back to the drawing board.


2- Ball is in your court: It is up to you to make the next decision or step.


– Well, there’s nothing more I can do, so the ball is in your court now.
– I have done what I can to do. Now the ball is in your court.

3-Barking up the wrong tree: Used when you do a mistake or wrong assumption in something you are trying to achieve.


-If you think you will solve this problem by following that plan, you are barking up the wrong tree.
-I think she is barking up the wrong tree by focusing on the problems she has. She must focus on the solutions instead.

4-Be glad to see the back of: Be happy when someone leaves.

-After my manager made my life hard for five years, he finally left the school. I was glad to see the back of him.

-When she is angry I being glad to see the back of my girlfriend.

5- Beat around the bush: Used to delay or avoid talking about something difficult or unpleasant.
  • -Will you please stop beating around the bush and speak clearly.
  • -Don’t beat around the bush and tell me honestly what you think of my plan.

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