A penny saved…

“a penny saved is a penny earned”, or so goes the saying. This means that every time you don’t spend money you are saving money. It is an idiom meant to encourage people who are having a difficult time saving money. Almost like saying that every time...

Hit/Strike a nerve

If someone “hits a nerve”, it means that they brought up a topic that made someone angry or upset. This is in relation to hitting an actual nerve in the human body, for example when you hit your elbow on something and experience a sharp, shooting pain (the...

Beat around the bush…

If someone is “beating around the bush” it means that they are avoiding a certain (or the main) topic of conversation. Often this is a topic that they are supposed to be talking about. This idiom has it`s roots in the British tradition of bird hunting...

Curiosity…  好奇心…

Many people have heard the phrase “curiosity killed the cat,” which is a proverb that warns against the dangers of being too curious, or being too interested in things that would be better if you left them alone. For example, a cat may become curious about...

Killing Time- 暇つぶし

If someone says that they are “killing time”, it might sound strange at first, but it just means that they are wasting time. Often it means that they are doing unimportant activities while waiting to do something. “What are you doing right...

Twisting your arm

If someone is “twisting your arm” it means forcing you to do something. For example when a policeman is trying to arrest someone they make them twist their arm behind their back because it is much easier to make someone move in the direction you want them...