как и в случае с * английскими пословицами, не увлекайтесь слишком идиомами.
под катом - более полезные идиомы.
all right (1): expression of reluctant agreement.
A: "Come to the party with me. Please!"
B: "Oh, all right. I don't want to, but I will."
all right (2): fair; not particularly good.
A: "How's your chemistry class?"
B: "It's all right, I guess, but it's not the best class I've ever had."
all right (3): unharmed; in satisfactory condition.
A: "You don't look normal. Are you all right?"
B: "Yes, but I have a headache."
and then some: and much more besides.
A: "I'd guess your new computer cost about $2,000. "
B: "It cost that much and then some because I also bought extra RAM and VRAM."
as easy as pie: very easy.
"I thought you said this was a difficult problem. It isn't. In fact, it's as easy as pie."
bad-mouth: say unkind, unflattering, embarrassing (and probably untrue) things about someone.
A: "I don't believe what Bob said. Why is he bad-mouthing me?"
B: "He's probably jealous of your success."
be a piece of cake: be very easy.
A: "Bob said the test was difficult, but I thought it was a piece of cake.""
be all ears: be eager to hear what someone has to say.
A: "I just got an e-mail message from our old friend Sally."
B: "Tell me what she said. I'm all ears!"
be broke: be without money.
"No, I can't lend you ten dollars. I'm completely broke until payday."
be fed up with (with someone or something): be out of patience (with someone or something);
be very tired of someone or something.
"Bill, you're too careless with your work. I'm fed up with
apologizing for your mistakes!"
be in and out: be at and away from a place during a particular time.
"Could we postpone our meeting until tomorrow? I expect to
be in and out of the office most of the day today."
be on the go: be very busy (going from one thing or project to another).
"I'm really tired. I've been on the go all week long."
be on the road: be traveling.
"You won't be able to contact me tomorrow because I'll be on the road."
be over: be finished; end.
"I can't see you until around 4 o'clock. My meetings won't be over until then."
be up and running: (for a technological process) be operational; be ready to use .
"Dave's ESL Cafe on the Web has been up and running since December 1995."
be used to (+Ving/noun): be accustomed to; not uncomfortable with.
"It won't be hard to get up at 5:00 AM. I'm used to getting up early."
beat: exhausted; very tired (adj.).
"This has been a long day. I'm beat!"
beat around the bush: evade an issue; avoid giving a direct answer.
"Quit beating around the bush! If you don't want to go with me, just tell me!"
beat one's brains out: try very hard to understand or do something.
"Can you help me with this problem? I've been beating my brains out with it,
but I just can't solve it."
Beats me: I have no idea.
A: "What time's the party?"
B: "Beats me!"
before long: soon.
A: "I'm really tired of working."
B: "Just be patient. The weekend will be here before long."
bent out of shape: needlessly worried about something.
"I know you're worried about your job interview, but don't get bent out of shape.
You'll do just fine."
bite off more than one can chew: take responsibility for more than one can manage.
"I'm really behind with my project. Can you help me? I'm afraid I
bit off more than I could chew!"
blabbermouth: a very talkative person--especially one who says things that should be kept secret.
"Don't say anything to Bob unless you want the whole office to know.
Bob's quite a blabbermouth."
blow one's top: become extremely angry.
A: "Was your father upset when you came home at 3 AM?"
B: "He was more than upset. He blew his top!"
boom box: portable cassette/CD player.
"Don't forget to bring your boom box to the picnic!"
the bottom line: the most essential information.
"The discussion lasted many hours. The bottom line was that
the XYZ Company isn't for sale."
Break a leg!: Good luck!
"I understand you have a job interview tomorrow. Break a leg!"
break someone's heart: make someone feel very disappointed/discouraged/sad.
"Joe broke his mother's heart when he dropped out of school."
broke: without money.
A: "Can you lend me 10 dollars?"
B: "I'm afraid not. I'm broke."
bull-headed: stubborn; inflexible.
"Don't be so bull-headed. Why can't you admit that others' opinions are just as good as yours?"
a bundle: a lot of money.
A: "Your new car is really nice."
B: "It should be. It cost me a bundle!"
burn the midnight oil: study/work all night or until very, very late at night.
"I'm not ready for the test tomorrow. I guess I'll have to
burn the the midnight oil."
by oneself: alone and without help.
"I can't do this by myself. Can you help me?"
by the skin of one's teeth: barely succeed in doing something.