Archive | 07/24/2013

To Catch Someone´s Eye

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Click on the image to watch a video of an example about when to use this idiom

Meaning:

To attract someone´s attention, to find someone attractive, to make eye contact with somebody else for the first time.

 

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Google Images: To catch someone´s eye. Click on the image to watch a video in which a soccer player uses this idiom.

Origin:

If you catch someone´s eye, that means that your sight aims at that person. Originally, this idiom was used with the intention of saying that somebody else was the focus of your attention for whatever reason it might be. Nowadays, the meaning of this idiom has extended into romance to tell that you have a crush on someone else, your romantic pursuit.

 

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Click on the image to learn how to get a guy´s attention by Howcast

Example:

•I had never believed in love at first sight, but last night something weird happened to me. I went to my friend´s house to celebrate his birthday and there was his cousin Angela. What an awesome woman. She is beautiful, charming, sweet, clever. She just caught my eye since the very moment our eyes met and now I just can´t take her out of my mind.
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A Cat in Hell´s Chance

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Click on the image to learn some cat idioms with The Early Daily Dose of English

Meaning:

Not to have even the slightest chance to succeed in a certain activity or pursuit.

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Click on the image to learn some cat idioms with Carol Rainbow

Origin:

lf a cat, which is supposed to have nine lives, can´t stand a chance  of succeeding in attaining a certain goal or pursuit. Just imagine what the chances are for poor human beings  who only have one life to take good use of. In this case, the word hell is just a word which denotes a negative emphasis expressing the frustration the speaker feels at the moment.

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Click on the image to see how a guy has a cat in hell´s chance to lift a heavy rock

Example:

•Tomorrow is my Mathematics final test. It will all be about calculus and I do not understand a single thing about it. I am sure I will miserably fail in it. I don´t stand any chance of passing it. In fact, I don´t have a cat in hell´s chance of getting a pass.
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To Play your Cards Right

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Click on the image to watch a segment from the program «Play your cards right»

Meaning:

To do everything that is needed in order to succeed or to get things your own way.

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Click on the image to listen to the song «If you play your cards right» by Alicia Myers

Origin:

This idiom comes from the game of poker. Everybody can play poker but to be a champion you have to do the right moves in the right moment which is to play your cards smartly. This is that if two persons are given their own hands, the one who has the best hand is not necessarily going to be the winner. It all depend on how they play their cards.

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Click on the image to learn more about this idiom in The Free Dictionary

Example:

•Somebody will be promoted in my company for the Marketing Manager position. There are three  candidates to occupy the position and I am one of them. The board of directors together with the chairman are going to select the winner in three weeks. If I want to be the next Marketing Manager, I definitely have to play my cards right during the following three weeks.
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