Commonly Used Exclamations And Phrases
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- To break the ice
- I was
a bit embarrassed to talk to her, but somebody had to break the ice.
- To catch up with the gossip
have some tea and catch up with the gossip!
- To be involved in argy-bargy
the football match, there was a lot of argy-bargy amongst the fans, with shouting
to mince one's words
- Mary told him exactly what she thought...
she doesn't mince her words.
- To be very outspoken
- I like
Frank's way of discussing things! You will never misunderstand him: he is very
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- To dish the dirt
dishing the dirt on
he’s telling people unkind things about her private life!
- To tear into someone (to savage somebody verbally)
their manager is annoyed with somebody, he really tears into them (he savages
- A turn of phrase
the exhibition "quite interesting" was a diplomatic turn of phrase, so as not
to offend the artists.
- To mince one's words
- Cindy minces her words so
much that I understand nothing at all.
- To wax lyrical
grandfather loved waxing lyrical about his youth.
- It's six of one and half a dozen of the
We tried the motorway and the main road: the some time... it's six of
one and half a dozen of the other!
- She's not very intelligent, but not that
stupid either... you know: it's six of one and half a dozen of the other.
- To talk out of turn
a lovely pretty girl, but unfortunately she's always talking out of turn!
- Not to get a word in edgeways
old customer was complaining with such force that the shop assistant could not
get a word in edgeways.
- To spill the beans
- Come on, tell
me the gossip... spill the beans!
- To have a big mouth
never would tell a secret to Sheila: she has a really big mouth!
- Mum's the word
remember that what I told you is a secret! Mum's the word!
- The cat has got one's tongue
haven't said a single word about yesterday... it seems that the cat's got your
- Don't hum and haw... I know it was you who made
her start crying!
Hum and haw
Ted hummed and hawed and finally
confessed his love for Mary.
- Don't stay tongue-tied this way! You'd
better get a broom and help me with the cleaning!
- To say something tongue in cheek
said it tongue in cheek... so, don't get offended!
- To speak half-serious
don't like to speak with Sally: she's only ever half-serious.
talk bollocks, to talk rubbish
- Forget Jimmy: he's always
talking bollocks! (talking rubbish!)
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spalle cose non vere
- To bad
can't believe what Brenda said... she’s bad-mouthing me!... She's probably
jealous of me.!
- To lose the thread of someone's argument
you kindly repeat it once more? I confess I lost the thread of your argument.
- There's many a true
word spoken in jest
- Stop joking about getting the sack!
You know there's many a true word spoken in jest!
- To speak volumes
rude way she replied to your objection spoke volumes about her faults.
Qualcosa che vale per tutti, tutti inclusi
- Across the board
The company decided to give the workers an
across-the-board increase in their salary.
Lock, stock and barrel
Forget about Lisa: she moves lock,
stock and barrel back to London!
it's cheaper to buy lock,stock and barrel.
The burglar broke in through a window and emptied the whole house.
Un flusso narrativo
straripante e inarrestabile
A stream of consciousness (credited to William James
He was an old writer and devoted his life to
quality journalism, so he started drinking and telling me about the past in
a stream-of-consciousness way.
USED EXCLAMATIONS AND PHRASES
- Blimey! Crikey!
- Blimey! You look so well tonight:
what a stunner!
- Sugar! The man who crashed into Sally's car has
- God almighty! (Christ
a long time has passed... God almighty! (Christ almighty!
Almighty!) I didn't recognise you at
Eccoci, ecco qui, ecco
- Here you go (here you are)
and three pops."
could you pass me the class register?"
- "Here you are."
Esatto, Proprio così!
- (be) bang on
Do you mean 'stop and have a break'? Bang on! That's
what we need now... too much study...
answer right?" -
yes: absolutely Bang on!"
- What's occurring?
Jane, what's occurring in your life? You disappeared into thin air!
- Whatever became of you?
last Jack! Whatever became of you?
- Cool bananas!
- OK Jo, see you later
at the pub! Cool bananas!
- Get it?
- Get it, Mandy? I don't want to talk about
it any more!
- I beg your pardon, I didn't understand you. Come
Is the pope Polish? Is the pope Catholic?
"Frank, you like sushi, don't you?" "Is the pope Polish (is the pope
Catholic)? You know I do!"
"Pat, do you think Ben will give Nelly a ring?" "C'mon Dave... is the pope
Mah, sarà... (sarà così,
sarà come dici, sarà come dicono...)
that as it may
car will cost a lot but, be that as it may... we can't go on with that old
his last comedy has been highly praised... be that as it may I didn't like
By and large
By and large, the business deal have
saved the company.
There are a couple of things I don't like
in Marion, but by and large I adore her!
By and large it was a good holiday...
even though it was too short.
- A horse of a different
You can convince me, but as for Mandy, that's a horse of a different color…
quite a different matter!
OK, Joan, you’re tired…
it goes without saying!
Kylie is nice and efficient
so it goes without saying that his boss is very happy with her.
Of course, Wendy… it goes
without saying that you'll get money for
what you've done...
- Nudge nudge,
- Come on, Harry: you went out with her! Nudge,
nudge, wink wink!
Da bravo, dai, sù...
is a dear
Move... do that... there's a dear!
let the cat out of the bag
- So, Harry, let the cat out
of the bag!
- In a nutshell... I'm against her, I don't like
her any more!
- When on earth?
- Don't blame me for this! When on
earth did I say such a thing?
- To put words into someone's mouth
never said that! Don't put words in my mouth!
E' così e basta, e questo è
- That's that
You can insist on going out,
but I won't... I stay home, and that's that!
Hand over fist
Greg's making money hand over fist, but
his luck will cease...
Henry's really clever, but for the time
being he's losing money on the stock market hand over fist.
Chinese are opening new shops and
business hand over fist.
- Not on your life! (to kiss goodbye to something)
about seeing me tonight! Not on your life!... You can kiss goodbye to that!
- Dream on!
on, dream on! I'll never lend you my new car!
- My foot!
- My foot! You know perfectly well that
I don't have such a bad opinion of her!
- Talking bollocks (talking rubbish)
Jimmy: he's always talking bollocks! (talking rubbish!)
- In my book
- In my book, sweeping generalisations
aren't a good way to deal with social arguments.
- Knock it off!
- Stop it! Knock off
that noise! I've got a bad headache!
- That's a bit rich
- I've to believe
you saw the monster when you were in Lochness.. that's a big rich!
- A shaggy dog story
it! I can't stand your shaggy dog stories... they're too silly!
- Put that in your pipe and
- She called me, and not you! Put that in your
pipe and smoke it!
- Make a fool of me?
- You hope that I'm so gullible
to believe in it... are you making a fool of me?
- To piss somebody off
pissin' me off! You were too rude!
- Hop it! (piss off!)
- You're too
drunk to stay with us... hop it! Piss off!
- Granted that (given that)
that (given that) you were tanked up with whisky, otherwise you would never have
behaved like that at the party.
- I'll be hanged if I know!
didn't hear from her such a long time! I'll be hanged if I know her new address!
I haven't the faintest idea about it.
- Trust me, I'm a doctor!
it was only a hint. I'm not trying to make up to you... trust me I am a doctor!
- You don't fool me (you don't beguile me)
can tell me this a thousand times, Meg... you don't fool me! (you don't beguile
- My arse
- My arse! Help him... I'd rather take a bullet!
- Get a grip! (smell the coffee!)
you sleeping or what?.. Get a grip! Smell the coffee!
- Snap out of it!
- Snap out of it! You're keeping
your head in the clouds, like a dreamer
- To get one's skates on (shake a leg)
- Get your
skates on, Cindy! Shake a leg! There's no time left!
- Hurry up! (snap up)
- Come on: it is very late!
Hurry up! ...make it snappy!
- Be a sport!
- Be a sport, Henry: let's give her
- Turn at the next right: my house is always there,
you block head!
- A pain in the neck (a pain in the arse)
- I can't
stand you, John! You're a real pain in the neck! (in the arse!)
- Behave yourself!
- You have to go now:
it's getting late! Behave yourself and say "hi" to the guys!
- Go to it! (go for it)
- Go to it, Frank! You are
doing a good job, but now you have to finish it! Go for it!
- Get on with it!
- There's a lot
to do... come on man! Get on with it!
- Big deal! (not to strain oneself)
doing nothing for the whole week, you cleaned the kitchen this morning: big deal!
Don't strain yourself!
- You never stop complaining about destiny!
As chance would have it, you met her... you lucky beggar!
- To deal with somebody
are an idler, Jack! You haven't done anything! I shall deal with you later!
- Not to get away with
time you really don't have excuses: you'll not get away with just a severe lecture!
Fai pure, non ci sono
- Be my guest (feel free)
you mind if I look at your notes?'
'Be my guest!
- Without rhyme or reason
can't understand him: there's no rhyme or reason to his behaviour.
- Look at it whichever way you like
at it whichever way you like, you made me wait all night long without calling
questo è il mio turno
is my shout
- This is my shout, no discussions about it!
- I'd swear on it
- It's your fault:
you forgot the keys in the car.. I'd swear on it!
- Stuff it! (sod it! dash it!)
it! I left my wallet at home! Sod it! Dash it!
- Shame on you!
- After I left you alone, this house
is like a pigsty! Shame on you!
- It's just not on!
- You have to plug
away at your homework: your laziness it's just not on!
- Cut it out!
- Stop complaining and
snivelling like that! Cut it out!
- What's more
- This is only part
of the story; what's more is that he confessed to being in love with her before
throwing all her stuff out of the window!
- It doesn't matter (never mind)
- I know
they didn't enjoy the dinner party.. it doesn't matter (never mind): it really
went with a bang!
- The pot calling the kettle black (practice what you preach)
you telling me how to do it?! You?! That's the pot calling the kettle black! (practice
what you preach!)
- To have the wit to say something
- After what happened,
you even didn't say "I'm sorry!" You hadn't the wit to say so.
- Don't make such a row
it! Don't make such a row: I want to sleep!
- Cut the cackle (keep the noise down)
the cackle, guys: we are in a library! Keep it quiet! (keep the noise down!)
- A penny for your thoughts
penny for your thoughts, Emma! Are you dreaming? What are you thinking about?!
- Not to give a hoot (not to give a shit)
argued with her all the night long, and then we parted... but now I don't really
give a hoot! (I don't really give a shit!)
- It's no skin off my
nose! (hard cheese! tough luck!)
- She shouted for half
an hour and then she went out slamming the door... that's no skin off my nose!
(Hard cheese! Tough luck!)
- Against all the odds
- Janet had a difficult year,
however, she managed, against all the odds, to pass her exams with flying colours.
- Take it as read
- Our team is going
to win the championship, take it as read.
- No buts about something
and Sally have to come to the sunday BBQ! no buts about it!
- Take a pew
- Be my guest, relax
and take a pew: we've a lot to talk about!
(quando si fanno ordinazioni)
- I plump for
- No spirits for me,
thank you: I plump for a ginger ale.
Eccoci, ecco qui, ecco
- Here you go (here you are)
and three pops."
could you pass me the class register?"
- "Here you are."
- Ditto for me
- So, you've
asked an ice cream... ditto for me.
In spite of / despite / although, even though (Talking))
In spite of and despite (followed by a noun, a pronoun, a gerund - despite
is followed by the ‘of’, despite not)
We enjoyed the holiday in spite of the bad weather.
Despite being overqualified, Casey didn’t get the job.
Despite the bad flu Nick completed the game.
In spite of (using the expression ‘the fact that’)
In spite of the fact that he worked hard, Dan didn’t manage to get a
Although (followed by a subject and a verb)
Although the city was crowded, tourists were able to enjoy its special
Although Dan worked very hard, he didn’t manage to get a money raise.
The holiday was great although the Quality, costs and services were not good
Even though (a stronger form of although, followed by a subject and a verb -
The Green's decided to buy the farm even though they didn’t have enough
time to get there.
Ed... you keep making noise even though I have asked you to stop!
don't mind what I talk about with the group at the hang out: it's breezy company.
- The barbecue we had last
night was a success: the food was tasty and your new friends so chirpy!
- You're so witty: you always know the best
way to focus and remark upon the facts in a brilliant way.
- You'll never be bored when Jason join the
group: he is a very chummy person.
- Wow! That club was so
trendy and zany! You had a great idea!
- He owes a lot of his success to his savvy
way with people.
- Ed's clever at getting what he wants, so
willing to trick people, so cunning... he's wily old fox!
is so cagey: he started to humming and hawing, avoiding telling me which way he
engaged his girlfriend
you got that new job you started getting above yourself and behaving all hoity-toity!
- He's so original and funny: really a quirky
you know that batty old lady down the street?
- He's so dowdy, dressing
in that old crumpled grey suit all the time.
never be able to bring her to that modern exhibition: she's such a fuddy-duddy.
- I cannot stand more than
an hour of the stuffy atmosphere of our club... it's too formal.
- The old man was sternly traditionalist.
- She loves him, even
if she goes on at him for being such a big softy with other people.
- Don't be silly: stop joking and check out
our train's platform!
think he is loopy: he had a car crash whilst calling a friend on his cell-phone!
- I can't rely on him, so the fact you trusted
all his foolish stories of incredible bargains sounds dodgy.
- Sheila didn't look healthy...
her face was pasty, colourless.
- You should believe me:
she's so pretty, energetic and bubbly!
- Oh, just look at the
way she walks: she looks like an actress... she's so sassy!
- Sally confessed me that your proposal to
have a naked moonlight swim in the lake was too cheeky.
- I'm in such
a tizzy and feeling so confused that I can't think straight about things you said.
- I always feel edgy before starting a journey.
- She had only fidgety pupils at school,
who never focused on their lessons.
- (be) Nutty
- I'm nutty about the last film
you suggested! It's definitely a masterpiece.
- To be honest, your new friend from Vegas
is really racy: she's full of beans and very sexy as well!
- I couldn't
believe how kinky she was: she asked me to kiss her passionately in the middle
of the crowd because she found it too exciting!
- You know, he conquered her by writing a
series of love slushy poems.
- She didn't believe in his sincerity:
he was too schmaltzy when courting her.
- Don't go making any hasty decisions which
you might regret later.
- The gutsy cab driver got out
of the car and challenged the lorry driver who crashed into him.
- She's making
fun of him, replying with a shilly-shally "may be, may be not" to his proposal
- I'm a bit chary of believing in your excuses
because you're too sly.
- He's so gawky when he tries to get out of
his tiny car: it's much too small for him.
- Oh Joan... you'll never lose weight
eating such a stodgy food!
- I really don't like Ned: he's so boring
and formal, so old-fashioned, so... stodgy!
- You cannot talk to him about the flop
of the party: he's so prickly, thinking that what happened was his fault.
- I cannot get over how touchy she is: you
can never criticise her.
teacher lessons are very interesting but, the details he gives are too lengthy.
- I'm not able to change
his sulky mood so, I'm starting to think that he's antisocial.
- We never want to have Bill with us: he's
so aggressive and surly, he looks like a sullen old man.
- Have you seen that guy's suit? He's such
a natty dresser!
- I notice that she always dresses in a very
stylish and snazzy way... very trendy!
- Clara was stunning
at the College dinner, with that gauzy dress!
- Blimey! Have you seen how skinny she is?
I've seen more fat on a chip!
- Podgy, chubby
- It's such a shame that one sees
so many podgy (chubby) children these days.
- I love that cottage: everything
is so neat and tidy there.
- The toilet is so grubby: you've to clean
it up! (I can't stand your way: you're only motivated by grubby selfishness)
- The blokes that work with
her are all nice, but they're a bunch of scruffy gits, in their shorts and socks!
- She gets paid really
badly at the fast-food: such a paltry sum of money!
- Pay attention: you are
wasting time and a hefty sum of money going out with Lisa!
- Lucky you! You make a tidy penny
out of the sales from your shop.
- Stingy, penny pincher
- John never offered even
a cup of tea all the time we went out: he is so stingy! A penny pincher!
- I can't stand that barman:
he is so dirty and dowdy.. I couldn't drink even a beer there!
- Have you seen the horrible
gold and marble furniture that they have in their house? It's so tacky!
- The hotel is completely
different from what I saw on its homepage where it looks wonderful, but instead
it's so grotty!
- The guest house's rooms and its old receptionist
were so untidy, so tatty.
- Don't ask that girl to do anything complicated:
she's too dopey.
Carlito: he was so drowsy that he could hardly keep his eyes open.
- Too much alcohol and cigarettes last night...
I'm so groggy this morning.
That's pretty much the some... can't you
This car's pretty expensive, Mandy... are you sure you can afford it?
Messing with a stray dog at dead of night can be a pretty risky undertaking.