We provide you with expressions and idioms you should often hear in normal conversations, followed by some common phrases. Read them and we hope you will learn Something.
EXPRESSIONS / IDIOMS
- A BLESSING IN DISGUISE
Something that appears bad at first but ends up with good results.
Eg: I was very sad when leaving Abidjan for Yamoussoukro. But now my business is flourishing and I enjoy living here.
- ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
What you do is more important than what you say; someone’s words may not be trustworthy but his/her actions show his/her sincerity.
Eg : Samuel: My brother keeps saying he is going to teach me how to ride a bike, but he never does.
John: Next time you should tell him that actions speak louder than words.
- ADD INSULT TO INJURY
To make a bad situation worse.
Eg: The defender got red after causing the penalty. And to add insult to injury the goalkeeper was also sent off for protesting against the referee’s decision.
1. Abbreviated visit
Abbreviate= to make briefer, to shorten the duration of.
Eg: She arrived in Lome for an abbreviated visit to her grandmother on Christmas Eve.
2. Abiding romance
Something abiding sticks around, lasting a long time. Abiding is usually used with feelings and memories. A romance that continues for a very long time without changing or wavering.
Eg: That couple is living an abiding romance since they know each other from high school.
3. Accusing glance
Take a brief look at someone or something to blame. Take a hurried look at something or someone thinking that they have done something bad.
Synonym: Accusing look
Eg: My mother has thrown an accusing glance at me when I was bouncing the ball in the living room in front of visitors.