Clothes Idioms and Expressions in English

source: Oxford Online English    2016年2月22日
In this free video lesson, you can learn about five different groups of clothes idioms, and see how to use them.
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# Clothes idioms and expressions in this video:
Tighten your belt (vb. phrase) = Be careful with money; spend less than usual

On a shoestring (adv.) = If you do something on a shoestring, you do it very cheaply, without spending a lot.

Have something up (your) sleeve (vb. phrase) = To have a trick or a surprise which no one else knows about.

Pull something out of the hat (vb. phrase) = To find a way to turn a bad situation into a good one.

Off the cuff (adv.) = Spontaneously, without preparation

Pull (your) socks up (vb. phrase) = To work harder; stop being lazy

Work (your) socks off (vb. phrase) = To work very hard/too hard

Roll up (your) sleeves (vb. phrase) = To start some difficult work

Have deep pockets (vb. phrase) = To be very rich

To burn a hole in (your) pocket (vb. phrase) = Used to talk about someone who is irresponsible with money, or someone who finds it impossible to save money.

Out of pocket (adj. phrase) = Used when you have lost money due to an unfair situation.

Big for (your) boots (adj. phrase) = Used to describe someone who thinks he/she is better than others.

All mouth and no trousers (adj. phrase) = Describes someone who talks a lot, but never does anything.

Be caught with (your) pants down (vb. phrase) = To be the victim of your own overconfidence; to be caught in a very embarrassing situation which you should have been able to avoid.