each and every
- every (used for emphasis)I would like each and
every one of you to bring your textbooks tomorrow.
- person who is always eager to work or do extra
workHe is a real eager beaver and is always available to work when we
- scolding, a lot of information (often critical)He
really gave his daughter an earful when she came home late.
early bird catches the worm
- a person who gets up early in the morning has the best chance
of successHe always goes to work before his colleagues because he
knows that the early bird catches the worm.
(keep/have one`s) ear to the ground
- pay attention to the way things are going or the way people
feel and thinkHe always has his ear to the ground and knows
everything that is going on in our company.
- reduce in severity or pressure, relaxThe president
was asked to ease off on his efforts to save money in the company.
easy come, easy go
- something that you get easily can be lost easilyHe
doesn`t care if he loses his job or not. For him everything is easy come, easy
easy does it
- do something without sudden movements or too
fast"Easy does it" he said as he helped to move the large piano.
- tolerant and relaxedHe has a very easy-going
- rot, erode, destroyThe mildew has been eating away
at the window frame all summer.
- admit one is mistaken or defeatedHe was forced to
eat crow when the figures that he gave us at the meeting were all wrong.
- accept another`s insult or bad treatment, act
humbleHe made the senior manager eat dirt as revenge for his bad
treatment in the past.
eat one`s heart out
- suffer greatly from longingYou can eat your heart
out. I`m going to Hawaii for three weeks!
eat humble pie
- admit one`s error and apologizeHe had to eat humble
pie in front of his friends when they discovered his mistake.
(be) eating someone
- bothering or worrying someoneI don`t know what is
eating her but she doesn`t seem to be in a good mood today.
eat like a bird
- eat very littleHe eats like a bird. That`s why he
can`t put on enough weight to join the football team.
eat like a horse
- eat a lotHe eats like a horse but he never puts on
eat one`s cake and have it too
- use or spend something and still keep itHe always
wants to eat his cake and have it too and is never prepared to sacrifice
eat one`s words
- admit being wrong in something one has said, retract one`s
statementHe was forced to eat his words after his boss proved that he
- eat in a restaurantHe eats out three or four times
egg (someone) on
- urge or push someone to do somethingHe is always
egging his friend on when he is angry which makes him even angrier.
- earn with difficultyHe was unable to eke out a
living on the farm so he sold it.
- effort and strength to clean somethingWe`ll have to
use a lot of elbow grease to get the kitchen cleaned.
- space (enough to be comfortable)They moved to the
country in order to have a little more elbow room.
end in itself
- a purpose or goal one wants for itself alone and not as a way
to something elseFor some people travelling is an end in itself and
the destination is not important.
(at the) end of one`s rope
- the last of one`s ability or ideas about how to proceed or do
somethingHe is at the end of his rope regarding what to do about his
- finish, finally do somethingWe ended up going to
the restaurant after the movie last night.
- nevertheless, howeverHe always works hard but even
so he has no money saved.
every dog has his day
- everyone will have his chance or turn, everyone will get what
he deservesYou should be patient and wait until you get a chance.
Remember every dog has his day.
- alternate, every second oneShe has to work every
other Saturday evening.
every so often
- occasionallyYou should walk around every so often
when you are on a long plane trip.
every Tom, Dick and Harry
- the average personHe said he is not the same as
every Tom, Dick and Harry.
eyes are bigger than one`s stomach
- one wants more food than one can eatHis eyes are
bigger than his stomach. He will never finish all of the food that he took.
eyes in the back of one`s head
- ability to know what is happening behind one`s
backHe has eyes in the back of his head and you can never borrow
anything without him knowing about it.
eyes pop out
- much surprisedHer eyes popped out when she saw her
name in the newspaper.
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