Make the Cut

Lisa C. Newcomer Information Leave a Comment

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Make the Cut. What does “make the cut” mean? Originally, “make the cut” is when a player in a tournamentor match reaches or exceeds a certain score, thus avoiding elimination from the game. A player who’s made the cut is allowed to continue playing in the game. …

Red Herring

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Red Herring. What does “red herring” mean? Herring (pronounced as “hair” + “-ing”) is a type of fish. Dried smoked herring is turned dark red and brown by the smoke. “Red herring” is something that distracts attention from a relevant matter or the real issue. How to …

Kick in the Pants

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “Kick in the Pants”. What does “kick in the pants” mean? a forceful message to motivate someone a scolding that makes a person improve his/her behavior How to use it? Note that “kick in the pants” is usually delivered with good intentions. Use “kick” as a noun: …

🎄 Christmas Came Early 🎁

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

We are back for another article of “English Idioms for Newcomers“. Today let’s take a look at this idiom: “Christmas Came Early”. Christmas is December 25, how can it possibly come early? “Christmas came early” is used when something pleasant and surprising happens, such as hearing unexpected good news receiving gifts, presents, bonus, etc. How to use it? Use this …

When Push Comes to Shove

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “When Push Comes to Shove”. What does “when push comes to shove” mean? “When push comes to shove” means if worse comes to worse. It is when a decision needs to be made to resolve an urgent issue matters become critical and call for an action someone …