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What personal anecdotes you think of when you read these phrases? Is there a spanish equivalent for the phrase? Make notes of any questions you have regarding these phrases.
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take cover = hide from danger
take your cues from someone/ something = wait for direction from someone or something in order to act
take it easy = to relax
take the easy way out = choose the easiest way to deal with a situation, even if it’s not the best or most noble solution.
take one for the team = make a personal sacrifice for a group
take something with a grain of salt = view something skeptically, not take it seriously or literally.
taking your life in your hands = risking your life
take a load off = relax, make yourself comfortable
take matters into your own hands = to act, not wait for help
take it upon yourself to… = do something without asking persmission or agreement
something takes your mind off something else = it provides a pleasant distraction from a problem you’re having
take the plunge = to decide to venture into something you really want to do, despite the risks.
take care = cuidate
take the rap = accept blame or punishment even if you are not responsible
take shape = begin to have form (a project, for example)
take it down a notch = be quieter
take for granted = assume
take it in stride = deal with something difficult with apparent ease
take it lying down = accept an offense without reacting or protesting
I won’t take no for an answer = unwilling to accept refusal
take a stand = adopt a firm position on an issue
take stock of the situation = evaluate the situation
you took the words right ouf of my mouth = that’s exactly what i was thinking (and was going to say)
it takes two to tango = when something isn’t the fault of just one person alone.
take someone under your wing = off guidance or protection to someone younger or less experienced
when something takes the wind out of your sails = it discourages you
talk shop = speak about business / work
on tap = en grifo
tar someone with the same brush = regard someone as having the same bad qualities as those he/she associates with
teach someone a lesson = punish someone, show them not to offend you again
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks = It’s hard to change the habits of someone who is used to doing things a certain way
by the skin of his teeth = succeeding (but nearly failing)
tech savvy = knowledgable about technology ,more than most
test the water = try just a little bit of something before becoming directly and full involved in it
teach/know/learn ‘a thing or two’ = (a lot)
to thank your lucky stars = to express appreciation, feeling fortunate
That figures. / Figures. = Not surprising, and yet kinda surprising… that’s logical, as one could expect
that makes two of us = me too
There’s a sucker born every minute / There’s one born every minute = There are many people in the world who are easily fooled.
through thick and thin = through good times and bad times
there’s a thin line between ___ and ___ = there’s a point where it’s dfifficult to distinguish between the two things
a thing of the past = like tape cassettes
think again = you’re wrong
the thing is… = la cosa es que…
think outside the box = think creatively
think on your feet = improvise
think the world of someone = highly regard someone
thorny issue = a problem that is painful to address
thorn in my side = someone who contiually irritates you
thinly veiled attempt = a meager attempt to hide a truth
at each other’s throats = two people constantly arguing
throw someone a bone = give someone help or something to make them feel good
throw caution to the wind = act boldy without worrying about any danger
throw dust in someone’s eyes = prevent someone from seeing the truth by misleading them
throw money at the problem = invest money to fix a problem, without doing much else
throw a fit / throw a trantrum = complain by misbehaving
rule of thumb = a general rule
throw in the towel = resign, admit you cannot succeed
all thumbs = awkward, clumsy, not doing things correctly
tickle the ivories = play the piano
the tables have turned = the situation is opposite now
the tide has turned = a trend is being exchanged for a new one
there’s nothing to it / nothing to it = easy
when something tides you over = it satisfies you for a period of time
tie the knot = get married
a tight squeeze = a crowded uncomfortable situation
tighten your belt = spend less money as a result of poorer circumstances
till the cows come home = for a long time, or forever
time after time / time and time again = repeatedly
for the time being = at the moment, for now
the clock is ticking = encouragement to hurry up, time is passing
tit for tat = (this for that) = returning the favor (negative)
in a time warp = something that has not changed at all from some time in the past, while everything else has.
tomorrow’s another day = there will be opportunity to improve a situation
bite your tongue = stop yourself from saying what you really think
slip of the tongue = un desliz
it’s on the tip of my tongue = I cant quite think of the word….
tongue in cheek = not meant to be taken seriously
a tongue-lashing = a scolding, reprimand
tongue-tied = cant speak
toot your own horn = brag
at the top of your lungs = as loudly as you can
top notch = top quality
on top of the world = feeling great
touch base with someone = make contact, rewnew comunication
toying with the idea = playing with the idea, entertaining the notion
touch and go = the outcome is uncertain, unstable
a toss-up = when there are two options equally as good
a trade secret = the secrecy of a company’s production methods
train of thought = stream of thought
travel light = not pack much
tread water = surviving, not improving despite much effort
trial and error = testing various methods until finding the one that works
tricks of the trade = expert ways of doing things in a job
tried and true = proved to be certain or good
you’re trying my patience = you’re annoying me
when something tugs at your heartstrings = it makes you emotional, moved
tunnel vision = unable to see more than one way of doing something; focusing on only one aspect of something
turn a blind eye to something = pretend not to see something, avoid getting involved
turn a deaf ear = not listen go something
turn over a new leaf = start fresh, start anew, decide to live a better life
turn up one’s nose at something = act superior to something/someone
twenty-four-seven (24-7) = 24 hours a day, seven days a week = all the time
twiddle your thumbs = sit there not doing anything, or doing nothing useful
in the twinkle of an eye = instantaneously
take a turn for the worse = to go bad
twist someone’s arm = make someone do something (a physical metaphor)
two-faced = deceitful, insincere
two left feet = can’t dance
two peas in a pod = two people who are very similiar in some way
in two shakes of a lamb’s tail = very quickly
put two and two together = deduce with little information