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Practice English by listening to music: Idioms

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Today I want to show you few songs that will help you to understand the issue of idioms in English and help you to learn some new idioms. Idioms are metaphorical phrases. You can find more information about idioms in this article on our blog.

Idioms that appear in the songs will be written under the video so you can try to find them in songs by yourself first. First example is the song Somewhere Only We Know by Keane, from their album Hopes and Fears (2004): An idiom can be found in the sentence: “I knew the pathway like the back of my hand.” This is an idiom used to mean that you know something very well.

Song By Myself by Linkin Park from album Hybrid Theory:

Idiom can be found in the sentence: “Or do I try to catch them red-handed?” Catch someone red-handed means to catch a person in the act of doing something wrong.

Next idiom will be shown in song by Snoop Dogg - Midnight Love:

It cost an arm and a leg just to live on your knees” is the idiom. It means to be very expensive.

In more popular songs an idiom can be found in One by the Irish rock band U2.

Idiom is in the sentence: “Did I disappoint you or leave a bad taste in your mouth.” ( To leave a bad feeling or memory with someone.)

Atypical idiom is in Jeans On by Keith Urban:

“Put a tiger in my tank” is an old slogan for gasoline, meaning that the gas you were putting inside your car was very strong and powerful. And finally Phil Collins and his True Colors.

 

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