English Idioms – Part I




English idioms are a form of communication in which the meanings of individual words are superseded by the understanding of the phrases themselves. This is the first installment of English idioms and the learner should create three additional sentences after learning the ones presented here. Idioms, their meanings, and sample sentences follow:

regardless of (something)without considering or thinking about something, without regard to something

Regardless of the weather, we are going to go to the football game tomorrow evening.

Regardless of the consequences, Samantha will buy the purse she saw in the mall.

Regardless of the grade I received, I always ensured that my point of view was stated.

run into (something – a fact/trouble/problems/difficulty)to experience something, to encounter something

It seems that mechanics always run into additional problems when I have my truck repaired.
When I was doing research for my dissertation, I ran into some interesting facts about language learning.

Sam did not know what to say when he ran into a woman he had jilted many years ago.

so to speak – as one might or could say, this is one way to say something

The Bakers had a good time in France, so to speak, but they realized things would have been better if they spoke French.

Ellen said she and Tom were dating, so to speak.

Ebonics is a universal form of communicating, so to speak.

take over (something) – to take control of something, to take command of something

Wal-Mart appears to want to take over the retail and grocery industry in the United States.

When training new air traffic controller, I had to take over the position many time to maintain safety.

When AT&T took over Bellsouth, many top managers at Bellsouth were released.

up to – until, as far as a certain point, approaching a certain point

Up to the actual wedding ceremony, Terra believed that John was going to marry her.

Although Henry only invited twenty people, there were up to fifty people in the house.

Up to now, many Blacks believe that Obama is doing an outstanding job as president.

up to (someone) to decide/do (something) – to be responsible to choose or decide something

It is up to his wife to decide where to put the new furniture.

It was up to me whether or not I enlisted in the military.

The decision to merge the two companies was left up to the shareholders.

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