When was the last time you got lead down the garden path or got on with someone like a house on fire?
You’ll learn some useful idioms connected to house and home in this ‘homely’ episode of Aprender Inglés con Reza y Craig.
1. To lead someone up (or down) the garden path
2. Everything but the kitchen sink
3. To get on like a house on fire
4. To eat someone out of house and home
5. To be on the house
6. To have a skeleton in the cupboard / in the closet
7. To throw money down the drain
8. To bring home the bacon
9. To be home and dry
10. To make yourself at home
Which is the correct definition?
1) To lead someone up (or down) the garden path (path – sendero, camino)
He really led me up the garden path.
a) He lied to me and deceived me.
b) He showed me around his new house.
2) Everything but the kitchen sink
When my wife goes on holiday, she takes everything but the kitchen sink.
a) When my wife goes on holiday, she likes to go camping and self-catering
b) When my wife goes on holiday, she takes too many things with her.
3) To get on like a house on fire
My boss and I get on like a house on fire.
a) I’m always arguing with my boss.
b) I have a very good relationship with my boss.
4) To eat someone out of house and home
Our son eats us out of house and home.
a) Our son never eats at home
b) Our son has a very big appetite
5) To be on the house
Would you like a drink on the house?
a) Can I offer you a free drink?
b) Would you like to have a drink on our roof terrace?
6) To have a skeleton in the cupboard / in the closet (skeleton – esqueleto)
I think our neighbours have a lot of skeletons in their cupboard.
a) I think our neighbours have a lot of unpleasant secrets.
b) I think our neighbours are serial killers.
7) To throw money down the drain (drain – desagüe)
If you invest money in that business, you’ll be throwing it down the drain.
a) It’s a way to save money
b) It’s a way to waste money
8) To bring home the bacon
Who brings home the bacon in your family?
a) Who buys the meat in your family?
b) Who earns the money in your family?
9) To be home and dry
That was a good meeting. We’re home and dry now.
a) We got very wet having the meeting outside in the rain, but now that we’re home we can get dry.
b )The meeting was successful and we don’t expect any problems in the future.
10) To make yourself at home
Make yourself at home! Can I get you a drink?
a) Make yourself comfortable.
b) Take off your clothes and have a shower.
To lead someone up (or down) the garden path
Everything but the kitchen sink
To get on like a house on fire
To eat someone out of house and home
To be on the house
To have a skeleton in the cupboard / in the closet
To throw money down the drain
To bring home the bacon
To be home and dry
To make yourself at home
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English. Can you use any of these idioms in an email or a voice message? When was the last time you threw money down the drain or got on with someone like a house on fire?
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