Monday, April 23, 2012

Using " All" in English Idioms

Using " All" in  English Idioms
idioms + All your eggs in one basket

put all your eggs in one basket
to risk your money or your reputation in support of one idea or plan
Example:  I didn't want to put all my eggs in one basket, so I played five different lottery games, but lost all of them.
Etymology: based on the idea that if all the eggs you got from your chickens are in one basket ( container) and you drop it, you will lose all your eggs
idioms + All in your head
If something is all in your head, you have imagined it and it is not real.
- When something is thought of as reality but is only just imaginary.
- Ex : She likes you, but it is all in your head

idioms + All in day's work

If something is all in a day's work, it is nothing special.
- if something difficult or strange is all in a day's work for someone, it is a usual part of their job (often + for ) - Drinking champagne with Hollywood stars is all in a day's work for top celebrity reporter Gloria Evans. We worked in blizzard conditions to restore all the power lines, but it's all in a day's work.

idioms + All hell broke loose
When all hell breaks loose, there is chaos, confusion and trouble.
- all sorts of wild or terrible things happened.
- When the boss left early for the weekend, all hell broke loose.

Idioms + All over the map

If something like a discussion is all over the map, it doesn't stick to the main topic and goes off on tangents.
- in or to many different places
- There was blood all over the place. I ran all over the place looking for them.

Idioms + All eyes on me.

If all eyes are on someone, then everyone is paying attention to them.
- with a lot of interest in something or someone you see
- The kids were all eyes, taking in every detail of the new house.

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