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British are known for their sense of humour. You will observe that many times they will use idioms in daily spoken language rather than saying something directly. You will need to understand the implicit and sometimes sarcastic comment!

Burning the Candle at Both Ends - working hard and not getting enough rest

Sleep tight - get a good's night sleep

Eyes are bigger than my belly - was unable to eat everything I put on my plate.

Tie the knot - means 'to get married'

A stitch in time saves nine - do things early and you will save time

Every cloud has a silver lining - good things happen at the end of bad

Nothing ventured, nothing gained - you have to try to get anything

One mans meat is another mans poison - everyone likes something different

Out of the frying pan into the fire - leaving one problem just to get into another

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth - do not question why you had good luck

The grass is greener on the other side - everyone thinks that other people have it better than them.

You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make the horse drink - You can give a person a chance, but it does not mean they will take the offer.

The best things in life are free - love, good health, and friendship are the most valuable things in life.

Don't cross your bridges before you come to them - do not worry about problems that are not here yet

The last straw broke the camel's back - there is a limit to what you can do or expect.

Where there's a will there's a way - as long as you have determination, you can find a way to achieve.

Marry in haste and repent at leisure - get married too quickly you may be sorry years away but you will have all kinds of time to be sorry for the hasty wedding.

The best advice is found on the pillow - getting a good night's sleep might help you solve the problem.

You can't judge a book by its cover - just like a looking at a book, you can tell if the book will good or not. So this means that nothing can be judged by appearance only.

Birds of a feather flock together - people with same interests hang out.

Live and let live - live your own life and let others live theirs.

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach - women having been winning men's love for years by cooking for them.

Bob's your uncle - just an ending to a sentence that means you got it made.

British Slang

Baccy - tobacco
Barmy - insane or crazy
Bits n bob - various items
Bugger off - leave me alone
Chin wag - chat with someone
Collywobbles - stomach ache brought on my anxiety
Dog's dinner - to be dressed nice
Donkey's years - ages
Fagged - being interrupted
Gormless - clueless
Off to Bedforshire - going to bed
It's monkeys outside - it is very cold outside
Minted - extremely rich
Porkies - lies
Shambolic - state of chaos
Shirty - ill-tempered
Skive - lazy person
Tickety-boo - everything is great
Tosh - nonsense




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