Bring to light

Nicole H. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at this expression: “Bring to light”. What does “bring to light” mean? “Bring to light” means: Reveal or disclose something previously hidden or secret Reveal something, often something inappropriate or illegal To cause something to be known Synonyms: Reveal, expose, disclose. Example: The facts that were uncovered in the investigation …

Let the cat out of the bag

Nicole H. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “Let the cat out of the bag”. What does “let the cat out of the bag” mean? “Let the cat out of the bag” means to: to let a secret out in the open to reveal something either by accident or as a surprise Examples: He let …

Hit the Sack

Nicole H. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Hit the sack. What does “hit the sack” mean? Go to bed in order to sleep Example: I have to wake up early tomorrow, so I think I’ll hit the sack. Before you go, check out our English Learning tips articles! Immigrant Services Calgary offers online language assessment …

Put One’s Finger on…

Lisa C. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Put one’s finger on…. What does “put one’s finger on…” mean? to discover the reason why something is wrong to understand exactly what causes a problem to say exactly what the answer to a question is Examples: I cannot quite put my finger on what has gone …

Blow Out of the Water

Nicole H. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: blow out of the water. What does “blow out of the water” mean? • To destroy or defeat something or someone completely• To thoroughly impress, overwhelm, or excite someone Examples: • He won every tennis game we played. His performance blew mine out of the water.• That …

Be Put or Go through the Wringer

Lisa C. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Be Put or Go through the Wringer. What does “be put/go through the wringer” mean? to go through difficulty, punishment, or unpleasant experience. Examples: The internal investigation has really put the officer through the wringer. Between losing her job, and divorce hearings, the foreclosure of her house, …

The Tide Has Turned

Lisa C. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: The Tide Has Turned. What does “the tide has turned” mean? one’s luck has changed, especially for the better things has began to change in favor of someone or something How to use it? This idiom is quite flexible. Use this idiom as a sentence, which can be in different tenses depending on the context. …

Double Take

Lisa C. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Double Take. What does “Double Take” mean? a delayed surprised reaction at seeing something or someone a surprised second look at a something whose significance wasn’t completed grasped at first How to use “Double Take”? Use it in this phrase Do a double take Examples: I did …

Get a Word in Edgewise

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Get a Word in Edgewise. What does “get a word in edgewise” mean? To have an opportunity to speak To successfully interrupt a conversation in which someone else is talking nonstop How to use “get a word in edgewise”? This phrase is usually used with a negative …

To Split Hairs

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: To Split Hairs What does “to split hairs” mean? To find fault, to nitpick or quibble about something small and unimportant Make unnecessary, tiny distinctions between things Argue about small and unimportant details of something How to use it? Add “about…” or “over…” after it, to indicate …