Bizarre English phrases and what do they mean



Bizarre English phrases and what do they mean


Although the mother tongue in both USA and UK is English, it may seem like two different languages when you here the native speakers use it. The spelling differs, the grammar differs, the vocabulary differs. Today we’re going to introduce you to bizarre English phrases in British English which will have most people scratching their heads.


Bite the bullet – to finally do something difficult, that you have been putting off

Red herring – something misleading or distracting from an important issue

Taking the Mickey – making fun of someone or something

Happy as a sand boy – to be extremely happy

It’s brass monkeys – this expression is used to say that it’s cold

Mad as a hatter – to be insane

Have a butchers – this means to have a look at something

By the skin of your teeth – barely, mostly used in situations when someone barely managed to avoid something

Through the eye of the needle – to succeed in an almost impossible task

In the club – to be pregnant

Eat Humble Pie – to admit to be wrong or do something below one’s dignity

Storm in a teacup – an argument or a lot of trouble over nothing important

In donkey’s years – in a very long time

Piss poor – extremely poor

Horses for courses – everyone has different skills and are suited to do different things

Separate the wheat from the chaff – distinction between quality and worthlessness

Go doolally – to go crazy

Bob’s your uncle – used to say everything will be ok or that something is easy


Hopefully this post has cleared things up for you and now when you visit the UK, watch some British series or listen to popular British artist you will not feel like it’s a whole other language!


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