Idioms using numbers
Idioms are one of the hardest things to understand and learn in a non-native language, but they are also what help speakers sound more natural. Check out just a few of the English idioms that revolve around numbers.
First-rate- of the best class or quality; excellent.
“There’s not question that Company X is a first-rate company with first-rate products.”
Second nature- a characteristic or habit in someone that appears to be instinctive because that person has behaved in a particular way so often.
“After a while, speaking Japanese became second nature to me and I didn’t have to translate into English!.
Third degree- long and harsh questioning, especially by police, to obtain information or a confession.
“My wife gave me the third degree when I came home late last night! She didn’t believe me when I told her that I fell asleep at the office.”
Six feet under- dead and buried.
“They put him six feet under two days after he died.”
Seventh heaven- a state of extreme joy.
“I was in seventh heaven when I saw that Friends was on Netflix! Now I can watch all weekend and not leave my house!”
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