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Grandad Teacher

1943: Grandad Teacher looks to the future

At a party to celebrate the 70th anniversary of English language teaching by the BBC, The Teacher discovers a film from 1943 presented by his own grandfather


Series 6 - Transport idioms

In series 6 The Teacher introduces idioms related to Transport.

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      On the wagon; jumping on the bandwagon; falling off the wagon
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      Let's hit the road; middle-of-the-road; a long way down the road
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      Reinventing the wheel; asleep at the wheel; the wheels have come off
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      It sticks out a mile; I'd run a mile; give them an inch and they'll take a mile
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      In the driver's seat; a backseat driver; a Sunday driver
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      I missed the boat; it's plain sailing; we're in the same boat

Series 5 - Sport idioms

In series 5 The Teacher presents idioms connected with different sports

    • Horse racing

      It’s neck and neck; On the home straight or stretch; Down to the wire
    • Ice skating

      Get your skates on; Skating on thin ice; Skating over something
    • Balls

      Keep your eye on the ball; It’s a whole new ball game; On the ball
    • Athletics

      A false start; To jump the gun; The front runner
    • Boxing

      To take it on the chin; To be below the belt; To throw in the towel
    • Football

      The kick off; Moving the goalposts; A political football

Series 4 - Colour idioms

    • Blue

      A bolt from the blue; Once in a blue moon; Until you are blue in the face
    • Silver

      To be born with a silver spoon in your mouth; To be silver-tongued; Every cloud has a silver lining
    • Green

      To have green fingers; The grass is always greener on the other side; To be green with envy
    • Gold

      As good as gold; A heart of gold; Worth its weight in gold
    • Red

      Paint the town red; Catch someone red-handed; Like a red rag to a bull
    • White

      It's black and white; As white as a sheet; A white-knuckle ride

Series 3 - Body idioms

    • Spine

      It sent shivers up and down my spine; Shaking life a leaf; Scared stiff.
    • Head

      It's like banging your head against a brick wall; He's got his head in the clouds; An old head on young shoulders
    • Arm

      They're up in arms, I'd give my right arm to do it, He's twisting my arm
    • Foot

      I've got itchy feet; I got cold feet; I shot myself in the foot
    • Eye

      To have eyes in the back of your head; His eyes are bigger than his stomach
    • Leg

      I'm pulling your leg; It cost an arm and a leg;You haven't got a leg to stand on
    • Hair

      I let my hair down; Keep your hair on; I'm tearing my hair out

Series 2 - Food idioms

    • Pie

      It's as easy as pie; To be pie-eyed; To have a finger in many pies
    • Tea

      It's not my cup of tea; I wouldn't do it for all the tea in China; It's as good as a chocolate teapot
    • Egg

      He's a bad egg; Don't put all your eggs in one basket; He's got egg on his face
    • Beans

      To be full of beans, I haven't got a bean, to spill the beans
    • Vegetables

      It's a hot potato; A carrot and a stick; Like two peas in a pod
    • Fruit

      To go bananas; It's a case of sour grapes; A second bite of the cherry.

Series 1 - Animal idioms

    • To monkey around; Monkey business; To make a monkey out of someone.
    • Busy as a bee; The bee's knees; To have a bee in your bonnet.
    • To be in the dog house; The hair of the dog; To make a dog's dinner of something.
    • Knee-high to a grasshopper; Butterflies in your stomach; Ants in your pants.
    • There isn't enough room to swing a cat; To let the cat out of the bag; To put the cat among the pigeons.
    • Pigs might fly; This place is a pigsty; To make a pig's ear of something
    • Birdbrain; To have a bird's eye view; A little bird told me
    • To eat like a horse; Straight from the horse's mouth; To flog a dead horse
    • There's something fishy about this; A big fish in a small pond; A fish out of water.

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