Body Part Idioms

Andrea had to face the music. She broke her roommate’s favorite vase. Her roommate was probably going to scream at the top of her lungs. Later Andrea would get the cold shoulder. Andrea knew she was a pain in the neck to her roommate. They didn’t always see eye to eye. Andrea’s racking her brains trying to figure out how to tell her roommate about the vase.

Face the music” means you have to accept the consequences of your actions.

  • Tom’s going to have to face the music; he broke Larry’s new watch.
  • If you break the law you’ll have to face the music.
  • Karen wrecked the family car and will have to face the music today.

At the top of your lungs” means as loud as you can, very loudly.

  • I yelled at the top of my lungs to get Jason’s attention.
  • Carol screamed at the top of her lungs at Travis.
  • Monica screamed at the top of her lungs when she saw that spider.

Cold shoulder” means an unfriendly treatment of a person.

  • I got the cold shoulder from my new neighbor.
  • Jeff got the cold shoulder from his new in-laws.
  • Melissa has been giving Cindy the cold shoulder all day.

Pain in the neck” means an obnoxious or bothersome person or event.

  • Wanda is always breaking things. She’s a pain in the neck.
  • Chad’s been a real pain in the neck lately.
  • Taylor has been a pain in the neck since he got that promotion.

Andrea had to face the music. She broke her roommate’s favorite vase. Her roommate was probably going to scream at the top of her lungs. Later Andrea would get the cold shoulder. Andrea knew she was a pain in the neck to her roommate. They didn’t always see eye to eye. Andrea’s racking her brains trying to figure out how to tell her roommate about the vase.

 

Chandler had his heart set on a promotion at work. He needed more money because everything seemed to cost an arm and a leg. He wanted Jerry to lend him a hand getting the promotion but he might as well have saved his breath. Jerry didn’t want Chandler to leave his department . He would have to hand hold a new employee if Chandler got the promotion. When he didn’t get the promotion he had to put on a brave face.

Heart set on” means to really want something.

  • Phoebe has her heart set on a new car.
  • Gary has his heart set on winning the race.
  • Jennifer has her heart set on a promotion.

Lend a hand” (give a hand) means to help or assist someone.

  • Your Dad needs you to lend him a hand.
  • Everyone has to lend a hand if we want to finish on time.
  • Rachel, can you give me a hand?

Hand hold” means to take extra care of someone.

  • Matt is experienced and doesn’t need any hand holding.
  • You’ll have to hand hold Stephanie, the new employee.
  • I don’t have time to hand hold everybody.

Save your breath” means keep silent because talking will not do any good.

  • He never listens to anyone so you can save your breath.
  • Just save your breath, you can’t have steak for dinner.
  • You can save your breath I’ve already made my decision.

Cost an arm and a leg” means something is very expensive or costly.

  • Jenny’s new coat cost her an arm and a leg.
  • Paula would buy the car if it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg.
  • That speeding ticket cost me an arm and a leg.

Chandler had his heart set on a promotion at work. He needed more money because everything seemed to cost an arm and a leg. He wanted Jerry to lend him a hand getting the promotion but he might as well have saved his breath. Jerry didn’t want Chandler to leave his department . He would have to hand hold a new employee if Chandler got the promotion. When he didn’t get the promotion he had to put on a brave face.