Idioms – D
Dead to the world
- If someone is “dead to the world,” they are unaware of what is happening around them and not paying attention.
Deer in headlights
- We say someone looks like a “deer in headlights” if they are so surprised, shocked, or scared that they cannot respond, move, or speak. They look “frozen,” like a deer in a car’s headlights.
(A) Dime a dozen
- This means that something is too common or cheap, so that a dozen would only cost a dime.
Don’t cry over spilled milk
- Don’t worry about things that you can’t fix.
Don’t give up your day job
- This is a funny way to tell someone that they are very bad at doing something (such as singing or playing sports).
Don’t hold your breath
- Don’t get excited about something happening, because it probably won’t happen.
Don’t judge a book by its cover
- Don’t judge things or people by how they look. Instead, get to know them better before making an opinion.
Drive someone up the wall
- To annoy or irritate someone. (“Stop making that noise! You’re driving me up the wall!!!)
Advice and Answers
Using the idioms, give advice or answers to these people:
David: I don’t like that new student. His hair is strange, and he looks weird.
Dana: I heard that they might cancel school tomorrow because of the weather!
Derek: Why are you in a bad mood?
Dan: Because my computer crashed yesterday and I lost all of my work!
Advice to Dan:_________________________________________
Debbie: Listen! I learned how to sing that new song! “La, la la la, la la la la laaaaaaaa…”
Now, fill in the blanks with suitable idioms:
Dustin didn’t get enough sleep last night, so he is really ____________________ today. Every time I talk to him, he forgets what he is saying. The teacher asked him a math question in class and he looked like a ____________________. I hope he gets some good sleep tonight, because he’s ____________________ and I don’t want to be around him when he’s like this. Friends are ____________________; I can always find more.