|Learning English - The Flatmates|
Idioms - forget or be unable to remember:
something escapes me
I can't remember something
I recognised her face but her name escapes me.
it slipped my mind
I forgot it
I was meant to meet her for a drink but it completely slipped my mind. I hope she'll still be speaking to me on Monday when I see her in the office.
rack my brains
think very hard about something in an effort to remember it
I racked my brains but I just couldn't remember where I knew her from.
have a memory like a sieve
often forget things easily
Have you got a memory like a sieve? How many times do I have to remind you about your own mother's birthday?
go in one ear and out the other
when you forget something very quickly
There's no point telling her anything when she's watching TV. It'll go in one ear and out the other.
lost my train of thought
I forgot what I had been thinking about or talking about
I was in the middle of answering a question in a job interview when I completely lost my train of thought. It was so embarrassing, I had to ask one of the interviewers to remind me what I had been saying!
on the tip of my tongue
I can almost remember it but not quite
I know I should know the answer to this. The answer's on the tip of my tongue. I just can't seem to remember it.
put things into a suitcase, bag, box or other container
to continue being useable
They'll kill me! (informal)
They will be very angry with me