Idioms – B
Back to square one
- start over; back to the beginning
Bark up the wrong tree
- Looking for information in the wrong place; asking the wrong person
Be careful what you wish for
- When you wish (or hope) for something, it may not be as good as you think – there may be negative consequences that you hadn’t thought of.
Beggars can’t be choosers
- If you beg (or ask) for a thing or a favor, then you shouldn’t complain about what you get.
Better late than never
- It’s better to do something late than to not do it.
Better safe than sorry
- It’s better to be cautious (careful) than to take a risk that you might regret.
Bite your tongue!
- Don’t say something that might be rude or inappropriate – keep the words in your mouth, and don’t let them out!
Break a leg!
- This is a (funny) way to say “Good luck” – we usually say it to someone before a performance or contest.
Using the idioms, give advice to these people:
Tom: I really want to drive to my girlfriend’s house, but there’s a typhoon right now and it’s quite dangerous outside.
Julie: My brother is so mean! He just kicked me and threw water in my face! I hope he gets hit by a car!
Iris: Mom, can I have 20 dollars?
Mom: Absolutely not.
Iris: Pleeeeeease! I need to buy a new cell phone!
Mom: No way.
Iris: But Mommmm. . . all my friends have new cell phones!
Mom: Too bad.
Advice to Iris_____________________________________________________
Now, look at the advice given, and think of a situation that would cause someone to give that advice:
Advice: It’s better late than never!
Advice: Break a leg!
Advice: Bite your tongue!