42. call it a day: stop work for the day.
"It's late and you've accomplished a lot. Why don't you call it
43. can't make heads or tails of something: can't understand
something at all;
find something confusing and illogical.
"I can't make heads or tails of your e-mail. Were you having
with your computer?"
44. catch one's eye: attract one's attention/interest.
"This brochure about Tahiti caught my eye when I was at the
45. catch some Zs: sleep for a while; take a nap.
"You look tired, Dave. Why don't you catch some Zs?"
46. change one's mind: decide to do something different from
what had been decided earlier.
A: "Why are you working this week? I thought you were going to
be on vacation."
B: "I changed my mind. I'm taking my vacation next month."
47. chicken (adjective or noun): cowardly.
"Fred will never ask Lucy for a date. He's chicken / a chicken.
48. chow: food.
"How's the chow in the university cafeteria?"
49. chow down: eat.
"It's almost 6:00. Are you ready to chow down?"
50. a cinch: something that's very easy to do.
A: How was the test?
B: It was a cinch. I finished it quickly and I know that all my
answers were correct."
51. cool (also kewl): neat, special, wonderful.
"The ESL Cafe on the Web is really cool!"
52. Cool it!: calm down.
"There's no need to be so upset. Just cool it!"
53. cost (someone) an arm and a leg: cost a lot; be very
A: "Your new car is really nice."
B: "It should be. It cost (me) an arm and a leg!"
54. couch potato: someone who spends too much time watching TV.
"You're a real couch potato, Jay. You need to get more exercise!"
55. cram: try to learn as much as possible in a very short time.
"Sidney did well on the test because he crammed for it. However,
won't remember any of the information a couple of days from now."
56. crash course: short course designed to give a lot of
knowledge/information in a very short time.
"Tom's company is sending him to a business meeting in Istanbul.
Should he take a crash course in Turkish?"
57. Cut it out!: stop doing something (that's annoying).
"You kids are making too much noise. Cut it out!"
58. Don't count your chickens until (before) they hatch (they've
hatched).: Don't assume
that something will happen until it has happened.
A: I'm sure that I'm going to win a lot of money in Las Vegas."
B: "Don't count your chickens until they hatch!"
59. dicey: uncertain; taking too much of a chance.
A: A friend of mine says I can make a lot of moneyif I buy stock
in the XYZ company. Should I do it?
B: I wouldn't if I were you. The chances for success are too
60. ditch class: skip class/play hookey/play truant
"You shouldn't have ditched class yesterday. We had an
61. do a bang-up job: do a very good job; do very well at
"Have you seen Frank's home page? He did a bang-up job with it."
62. down in the dumps: depressed; "blue."
A: "Is something wrong?"
B: "Not really, but I feel kind of down in the dumps."
63. drop someone a line: write to someone.
"I haven't written to my parents for a long time. I'd better
drop them a line
today or tomorrow."
64. drag one's feet: delay; take longer than necessary to do
"Joe should have finished his project a week ago. Why is he
dragging his feet?"
65. an eager beaver: a person who is always willing to volunteer
or do extra work.
"Jan is certainly an eager beaver. Any time there's work to be
she's the first to say she'll help."
66. Easy does it!: Be very careful! / Don't do anything too fast
or too hard!
A: "I'm going to move the table just a little further from the
B: "Easy does it! If you move too fast, you might knock over the
67. an egghead: a very intelligent person.
"Jake didn't make very good grades in school, but his sister was
a real egghead."
68. elbow grease: hard work; effort.
"Yes, the car is pretty dirty, but it'll look nice again with a
little elbow grease."
69. every other _____ : alternately; omitting the second one in
each group of two.
"In your essays, please write on every other line. That will
essays much easier to read."
70. far-fetched: difficult to accept; difficult to believe.
"That story's pretty far-fetched. Nobody's going to believe it."
71. feel blue: feel sad and depressed.
"I'm feeling blue because I haven't had any mail except bills
for a long, long time."
72. fire someone: dismiss someone from a job because of poor
"If you continue to be late for work, the company will fire you."
73. feel puny: feel unwell, ill.
"Ted was feeling puny yesterday, so he decided not to go to work."
74. fender-bender: automobile accident.
"Traffic was really slow on the freeway this morning
because of a fender-bender in one of the westbound lanes."
75. for ages: for a very long time.
"Where's Marie? I haven't seen her for ages."