idioms and collocations



What Goes Around Comes Around

what goes around comes around: used to say that if someone does bad things now, bad things will happen to them in the future (“lo que se siembra se recoge”)

Justin Timberlake – What Goes Around…Comes Around
“… That’s okay, baby, ’cause in time you will find
What goes around, goes around, goes around
Comes all the way back around …”


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Source: Cambridge English


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more with … ‘mind’

make up your mind (MUYM) = decide, make a decision
‘He made up his mind to attend the meeting’
I am having trouble making up my mind what to order.

‘… Why don’t you make up your mind
Stop wasting all my time …
… So tell me what’s on your mind
Don’t you keep me waiting all the time’

Lyrics: Make up your mind – Aurra

change your mind

keep someone or something in mind and
bear someone or something in mind
= remember and take into account
When you’re driving a car, you must bear security in mind at all times’

have something on your mind = be troubled by the thought of something, to be obsessed with someone or something
Chocolate is always on his mind
He has Mary on his mind every minute

have someone or something in mind = to think about someone or something as being right for a particular situation
‘Do you have anyone in mind for the job?’
‘I thought we might eat out tonight.’ ‘Where did you have in mind?’
‘I have in mind to sell the house.’

speak your mind = express your feelings or opinions frankly
‘Please let me speak my mind, I don’t like it’
‘She’s not afraid to speak her mind, even if it upsets people.’

to be played like a fiddle

to play (someone) like a fiddle = To easily and deftly manipulate someone to suit one’s own needs, ends, or benefits. To cheat on, to lie.

Can’t you see that his flattery is totally insincere and exaggerated? He’s playing you like a fiddle!
That travelling salesman played me like a fiddle. Now what am I going to do with all this junk that he convinced me to buy?

Explicit lyrics” by Soulpersona
Play Me Like A Fiddle.
(Starring Princess Freesia as Avalon Lexus)

a sight for sore eyes

(informal) A person or thing that one is extremely pleased or relieved to see.
‘It was a sight for sore eyes’

‘Sight For Sore Eyes’ Lyrics

Goin’ downtown, goin’ down, goin’ down
‘Neath the city, eatin’ ground round
Underground is pretty gritty

I turned the screw she held the light
That’s when I knew she was a
sight for sore eyes Continue reading “a sight for sore eyes”

a pain in the neck

“a pain in the neck” is an annoying or tedious person or thing

Pyramania  … from the woefully underrated Pyramid album of The Alan Parsons Project
“… There are pyramids in my head
There’s one underneath my bead
And my lady’s getting cranky
Every possible location
Has a simple explanation
And it isn’t hanky-panky

I had read
Somewhere in a book, they improve all your food and your wine
It said, that everything you grow in your garden would taste pretty fine
Instead, all I ever get is a pain in the neck and a
Yap yap yap yap yap yap yap …”

cranky: eccentric, strange; bad-tempered (malhumorado)
hanky-panky: telemanejes, travesuras; hacer manitas;)

Well, I have the impression that these guys were burned out. !-)
Do you agree?

hear something on the grapevine

‘hear something on/through the grapevine’

to hear news from someone who heard the news from someone else (usually + that )

“I heard on the grapevine that he was fired, but I don’t know anything more.”

and with Marvin Gave it sounds like this:

SIMILAR EXPRESSION: ‘by word of mouth’: orally; by one person telling another in speech, not in writing.
“these stories were transmitted by word of mouth”
“She got the information by word of mouth”

idioms using ‘EYE’

idioms and expressions with “eye”:

‘Before my/your very eyes’ = while you are watching, right in front of one (used for emphasis, especially in the context of something surprising or unpleasant)
‘Then, before my very eyes, she disappeared.

… terrific music video of Atoms For Peace – ‘Before Your Very Eyes’

‘an eye for an eye’ = the idea that a person who causes another person to suffer should suffer in an equal amount
I don’t believe in that kind of eye for an eye justice.

keep an eye on someone/something‘ = to watch someone or something or stay informed about the person’s behavior, esp. to keep someone out of trouble
‘keep an eye on my laptop, please’
‘Keep an eye on your sister while I’m out, please.’ Continue reading “idioms using ‘EYE’”

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