Reading a book of Miriam Diaz Gilbert, I saw many interesting things. The most attractive part of this book is 'Idiomatic Expressions using parts of the body'. Particularly, in chapter about hair and skin, the author will introduce his collection of idiomatic expressions using 'hair' or 'skin'.
1) Idiomatic expressions using 'hair':
- to get in my hair means that someone is annoying or bothering me.
- to make your hair stand on end means to be frightened and shocked.
- to let one's hair down.
2) Idiomatic expressions using 'Skin'
- to be thick skinned: means that the person does not get easily upset.
- to be skin deep is used to mean that something that is seen as important is not really important because it only appears that way. (Eg: Beauty is only skin deep)
- by the skin of my teeth.
Do you inquire that why I didn't write the explaination of 'to let one's hair down' and 'by the skin of my teeth'? That is because I reserved them for all of you. You can read this short conservation to guess their meaning.
A: Hey, you have self - studied all time for a week. Let your hair down if you don't want to get sick before the exams.
B: No, I can't.... :(( Do you know I got 5/10 in the last exam? It negatively affected on my grade. I don't want to pass the exams by the skin of my teeth again.
* The explainations I copied from the book of Miriam Diaz Gilbert
I think the first idiomatic expression, you explain it very well and the sencond one you are approciately true. :)
:D You deserve a bonus. :) Hehe!
This is a very interesting topic Blue. I like the idiom by the skin of my teeth. I will try and find out where this idiom originated! There are so many idioms about parts of the body! I have a few examples on Funky English including:
I have thought of some other hair and skin idioms. Does anyone know what these idioms mean?
As far as i know HAIR OF THE DOG means some drink taken when u have a hangover
PUT HAIR ON YOUR CHEST means some sort of alcoholic drink
but I don't know what BANANA SKIN means.... just i know its literary meaning - banana peel
Very good! The hair of the dog is a drink we have when we have a hangover. It is supposed to make the hangover go away. The only problem is that it usually comes back the next day - but worse!
Something that puts hair on your chest is a drink that makes you strong or healthy. It can also be - as you correctly said - a very strong alcoholic drink.
Thanks Jamie, but still what about banana skin? What does it mean?
See my reply to Blue below. :)
Thanks for explaining the idioms, I haven't known them before reading your comment. :D
Thanks teacher for adding many idioms containing parts of the body.
In my opinion, banana skin means something unfortunate and uncomfortable maybe hapen to someone.
Ah, can you check the answers of the members for me because they have many ways to explain and I don't have enough capabilities to give a comment? :D Thank you again, hehe!
You are right Blue! A banana skin is something that is going to be a problem or could cause an embarrassment in the future. If you imagine a banana skin in front of you as you walk - you must be careful or you might slip up.
to let one's hair down means to behave in a relaxed way
by the skin of my teeth - barely
Thank you very much, Tammy.
I think you explain the first idiom very well, and the second one I think we need to add more explaination to make it more clearly. :D. We should wait for the comment of our teacher. Anyway you did very well. :)