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Learn English: Idioms related to body parts

Human body
Let's learn phrases that feature different body parts.

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What does it mean when someone says they want to 'get something off their chest'? Do you know what it means to 'play it by ear'? Learn more in our lesson on commonly used idioms involving different body parts!

If something 'costs an arm and a leg', it means that it is very expensive.

A man standing in front of an empty room to play the violin
You usually say 'break a leg' to someone who is about to perform.

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To say 'break a leg' to someone means that you wish them good luck for a performance.

To 'get something off your chest' means that you talk to someone about a problem that you have wanted to talk to them about for some time.

Hand
Offering a hand.

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If you 'give someone a hand', 'lend a hand' or 'offer a hand', it means that you are offering to help someone.

To 'keep an eye on' something
To 'keep an eye on' something means to watch or take care of something.

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To 'keep an eye on' something means to watch or take care of something.

To 'play it by ear'
To 'play it by ear' means to do something without a clear plan.

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To 'play it by ear' means to do something without a clear plan.

If someone says 'my heart sank', it means that they feel a deep sense of disappointment or sadness.

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