Monday, April 23, 2012

Using "bird" word in Useful English Idioms

Using "bird" word in Useful English Idioms
1. Idioms :  A litle bird told me
- Somene told me but I can't  say who

-  A way of indicating that you do not want to reveal who told you something. (Sometimes used playfully, when you think that the person you are addressing knows or can guess who was the source of your information.)
- Jill: Thank you for the beautiful present! How did you know I wanted a green silk scarf?
Jane: A little bird told me.
Bill: How did you find out it was my birthday?
Jane: A little bird told me.

2. Idioms + You eat like a bird
- You don't eat a lot
- Eat very little
-  Used when speaking about someone who needs very little food to get by, often used when criticizing someone for not eating enough.

Examples: - She eats like a bird, it's no wonder she's skinny! - You're eating like a bird, I wish you would eat just a little more.

3. Idioms + The bird in the hand is better than two in the bush.
-  It's better to have something now
- Having something for certain is better than the possibility of getting something better.
-  I might get a better offer, but a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Jame has
offered to buy my car for $3,000 cash. Someone else might pay more, but a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
4. Idiom: To kill two birds with one stone.
- Kill two birds with one stone
- To solve two problems at one time with a single action.
- Ex: John learned the words to his part in the play while peeling potatoes. He was killing two birds with one stone. I have to cash a check and make a payment on my bank loan. I'll kill two birds with one stone by doing them both in one trip to the bank.

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