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Idioms – I



 If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

-      Don’t mess with something that is already working fine.



In a pickle

In a jam

In a fix

These all mean “in trouble” or “in a difficult situation.”



In one ear and out the other

-  This means that you forget something as soon as you hear it.



In the driver’s seat

-      In charge of a situation



In the short run

-      In the immediate future; in the short-term

In the long run

-      In the distant future; eventually; in the end



 (You’re) in over your head

-      If someone is “in over his/her head,” this means that they have a problem or situation that is too difficult or complicated for them to deal with or solve.



It ain’t over till the fat lady sings

-      You cannot be sure about the result (of a game or situation) until it has officially finished. (This comes from opera, in which a “fat lady” often sings at the very end of the opera.)



Advice and Answers



Using the idioms, give advice or answers to these people:



Iris: I have to finish 5 essays in the next hour! There’s no way I can do this alone!







Innis: My clothing company makes a lot of money, but I’m thinking that maybe I will start selling furniture instead.







Ian: Oh no! The Yankees just hit a home run! Now the Red Sox will never win!







Now, fill in the blanks with suitable idioms:


Ida is ____________________ and she doesn’t know what she should do. She has to choose a major in college this week, but she just can’t decide. ____________________, she just wants to have fun and study something interesting, but ____________________, she wants to be successful and make a lot of money. Her mother tried to give her advice, but Ida ignored it; her mother’s advice went ____________________. Ida knows that she is _____________________ and she must make the decision by herself. Luckily, Ida is a very smart girl, so she is not in over her head.


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