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14 colloquial expressions
1. 6 and 2x3s or 6 of one and half a dozen of another / Swings and
roundabouts (what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts)
"It's shorter to drive through the city centre, but there'll be more traffic.
It's just swings and roundabouts."
2. Spot on! / bang on! - completely accurate or correct
"How old do I reckon she is? I'd say 38."
- "Spot on."
3. Check it out
4. Bite your tongue (My lips are sealed.)
5. It’s on the tip of my tongue
6. Give me a break! / Give it a rest would/will you! / (why don't you)
give it a rest! /
You can use this expression to tell someone to stop bothering you or treating
"Haven't you finished cleaning your room yet?" "Give me a break! I only started
10 minutes ago!"
"Give it a rest, will you? We're trying to get some sleep."
7. Just chill will you! – chill out
8. (I) Can’t put my finger on it - not be sure about something
"There's something I was supposed to do this afternoon, but I can't put my
finger on it."
"Something seemed to be wrong, but I couldn’t put my finger on it."
9. You’ve got to be kidding me! No kidding – you must be joking! Get outa
10. Let me sleep on it- to wait before making a decision
"I'm going to sleep on it tonight, and I'll make the decision tomorrow"
11. Back in the day - in the past; some time ago.
"Back in the day, I used to write letters every week."
12. Old school - usually positive, often said with pride - someone or
something that is old-fashioned or traditional.
"When it comes to music, I'm old school. I like 80's rock played on real
13. You can say that again.
14.It’s not the end of the world - The world won’t end.
"Losing your job does not have to be the end of the world."