The Ball is in Your Court

Nicole H. Daily Life, Newcomer Information

In today’s English Idioms for Newcomers, let’s take a look at this expression: “the ball is in your court.” What does “the ball is in your court” mean? “The ball is in your court” means: You have the responsibility of taking the next action or a making decision Examples: She apologized for betraying him and asked if they could continue their …

Once in a Blue Moon

Nicole H. Newcomer Information

In today’s English Idioms for Newcomers, let’s take a look at this expression: “once in a blue moon.” What does “once in a blue moon” mean? “Once in a blue moon” means: Rarely Examples: He only buys me flowers once in a blue moon. She doesn’t get angry often; it only happens once in a blue moon. Before you go, check …

Hang in there

Nicole H. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

In today’s English Idioms for Newcomers, let’s take a look at this expression: “hang in there.” What does “hang in there” mean? “Hang in there” means: Don’t give up Examples: Hang in there! Even though you did not succeed at this job interview, I am confident you will find the right job if you keep applying. Before you go, check …

Beat around the bush

Nicole H. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers,” let’s take a look at this expression: “Beat around the bush.” What does “Beat around the bush” mean? “Beat around the bush” means: To avoid the point To talk about unimportant things because you want to avoid talking about what is really important Examples: Why are you beating around the bush instead of telling me what …

Take it with a pinch of salt

Nicole H. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at this expression: “Take it with a pinch of salt.” What does “Take it with a pinch of salt” mean? “Take it with a pinch of salt” means: Do not take it too seriously. Examples: Martha often exaggerates the achievements she’s had in her painting career, so I take everything she …

A blessing in disguise

Nicole H. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at this expression: “A blessing in disguise.” What does “A blessing in disguise” mean? “A blessing in disguise” means: An event that seems wrong at first but results in something good happening later. Examples: She was upset when her boyfriend left her, but it was a blessing in disguise because she …

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 …