Blood, sweat and tears: phrases with ‘blood’

SCIEPRO/Science Photo Library/GettyImages by Liz Walter We might not like the thought of blood, but there are lots of useful phrases that contain this word! I’ll start with the phrase in the title. When we talk about blood, sweat and tears, we mean a lot of very hard work. Similarly, a very emphatic way of saying […]

Blood, sweat and tears: phrases with ‘blood’

Root and branch (Idioms with nature words, Part 3)

by Kate Woodford Today, in the third and final post of our nature idioms series, we look at idioms that feature the words tree, bush and hedge and also words for parts of these things, such as root and branch. If you’re barking up the wrong tree, you’re taking the wrong approach to solving a problem…

Root and branch (Idioms with nature words, Part 3)

I wouldn’t trust them an inch: talking about people you don’t trust

Seamind Panadda/EyeEm/GettyImages by Liz Walter In my last post, I presented some words and phrases to describe people who are loyal and who you can trust. Today’s post deals with the opposite. Let’s start with a few adjectives. Someone who is disloyal does something that shows that they do not support you or that they are […]

I wouldn’t trust them an inch: talking about people you don’t trust

I wouldn’t trust them an inch: talking about people you don’t trust

Seamind Panadda/EyeEm/GettyImages by Liz Walter In my last post, I presented some words and phrases to describe people who are loyal and who you can trust. Today’s post deals with the opposite. Let’s start with a few adjectives. Someone who is disloyal does something that shows that they do not support you or that they are […]

I wouldn’t trust them an inch: talking about people you don’t trust

Shrinking violets and tall poppies (Idioms with nature words, part 1)

Ana Maria Serrano/Moment/GettyImages by Kate Woodford Like many people, I spent a good deal of 2020 out in nature, walking my dog along the local stream and through the woods. Surrounded by trees, hedges, and flowers, I started to think about all the nature idioms and phrases that we use. This week, we’re looking specifically at […]

Shrinking violets and tall poppies (Idioms with nature words, part 1)

Delusions of grandeur: talking about people with a high opinion of themselves

Deagreez/iStock/Getty Images Plus by Liz Walter My last post talked about words for describing levels of confidence.  This post looks specifically at some of the colourful derogatory phrases to describe people who are over-confident or have a very high opinion of themselves. Someone who has delusions of grandeur thinks they are more important than they really […]

Delusions of grandeur: talking about people with a high opinion of themselves

Pained and sheepish: Facial expressions, part 2

sturti/E+/GettyImages by Kate Woodford This is the second post of our two-parter on words that are used to describe facial expressions. In the first post, we looked at adjectives for expressions showing interest and surprise. This week, we look at words for sad and anxious expressions, among others. Starting with unhappy expressions, someone who looks haunted […]

Pained and sheepish: Facial expressions, part 2

Poised, humble, or cocky? Describing levels of confidence.

Flashpop/Stone/GettyImages by Liz Walter Self-confidence, the belief that you can do things well and that other people respect you, is an important feature of a happy and successful life. However, it is noticeable that most of us dislike arrogant people (people who have too much self-confidence) and much prefer modest behaviour, when people don’t boast about […]

Poised, humble, or cocky? Describing levels of confidence.