Special Sub-Topic: Put on Your Thinking Cap
|What does this mean? "I'd give him the shirt off my back."|
I'd do anything for him.. You probably wouldn't really give someone the shirt off your back, but this is a way of saying that you really care about someone.
|What does this mean? "If I were in your shoes...."|
If I were in your situation..... Have you ever heard someone say, "If I were in your shoes, I'd apologize" or "If I were in your shoes, I'd feel very proud of myself"? This expression means "If I were you...." or "If the same thing happened to me...."
|What does this mean? "We need to tighten our belts."|
We need to save money or stop wasting things.. People use this saying when they realize they are running out of money.
|What does this mean? "Pull yourself up by your bootstraps."|
Do something to help yourself.. This is a way of saying: "If you have a problem, try to figure out solutions yourself."
|What does this mean? "Keep your shirt on!"|
Be patient!. Another expression that means the same thing is, "Hold your horses!"
|What does this mean? "I take off my hat to you."|
I admire you.. When people used to wear hats more often, they'd take them off to politely say hello or show respect to others.
|What does this mean? "She has something up her sleeve."|
She has a secret plan.. Maybe this saying is based on the way magicians hide objects inside their sleeves.
|What does this mean? "He's gotten too big for his britches."|
He's conceited or stuck up.. This is a way of saying, "He's thinks he's better than other people." Britches are pants, in case you didn't know.
|What does this mean? "Don't get hot under the collar."|
Don't get mad.. When people get mad they sometimes get hot. Have you ever noticed that?
|What does this mean? "I wear many hats."|
I have many different jobs.. If someone is a mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a school teacher, a club president, and a pet owner, she wears many different hats.
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