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Idioms using Similes – Lesson 5
In today’s lesson, we will learn more about idioms. Americans use lots of idioms, especially in movies and at the office. The more you use and understand them, the greater your English speaking skills will be. You will “fit right in”!
Today, we are looking at American idioms that use similes.
What is a simile? A simile compares two things that are not alike.
They contain the words, “as…….as a/an ……” or “like”.
Most similes are idioms. They are used to emphasize something. (very tired, very hungry, very busy, etc.)
Here are some examples of American idioms from similes.
“as hungry as a bear” – very hungry
After running three miles in the park, President Obama was as hungry as a bear.
“eats like a horse” – eats a lot
For lunch, President Obama ate two plates of spaghetti, three pieces of bread and two bowls of ice cream. He ate like a horse!
“as sick as a dog” – to be very sick
After eating all that food, President Obama was as sick as a dog!
“as fit as a fiddle”- to be fine, to be healthy
So he took a nap after lunch, and after that, he was as fit as a fiddle.
“as busy as a bee” – very busy
In fact, he worked in the Oval Office until 7:00 p.m. He was as busy as a bee.
“as cool as a cucumber” – to be very calm, to think and speak calmly
The President made some very important decisions, but he was as cool as a cucumber.
“as fresh as a daisy” – very rested, wide awake and alert
After a good night’s sleep, the President woke up at 5:00 a.m. as fresh as a daisy.
“as regular as clockwork” – to do something at the same time every day, or to be on the same schedule
He had breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and went to the Oval Office at 8:00 a.m., as regular as clockwork.
Here are a few others:
- as big as house,
- as stubborn as a mule
- as weak as a kitten
- as high as a kite
- as free as a bird
That’s our lesson on Idioms from Similes! I hope you don’t have to work like a dog this week!
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