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English Vocabulary - Vocabulario de inglés
IDIOMS TO DO WITH EMOTIONS

 

FEELING HAPPY
  • To be as pleased as Punch = to be really pleased.
  • To be in seventh heaven = to be extremely happy.
  • To be on top of the world = to be really happy.
  • To be thrilled to bits = to be very happy and excited.

 

FEELING SAD / FED UP
  • To be as miserable as sin = to be extremely sad.
  • To be browned off = to be bored.
  • To be downhearted = to feel sad.
  • To have a long face = to look unhappy.

 

FEELING FRIGHTENED / SHOCKED
  • To be in a cold sweat = to be in a state of shock or fear.
  • To be rooted to the spot = to be unable to move through fear.
  • To be scared to death = to be extremely frightened.
  • To go white as a sheet = to go pale through fear or shock.

 

FEELING WORRIED / ANXIOUS / NERVOUS
  • To be keyed up = to be excited, tense.
  • To be like a cat on hot bricks = to feel nervous and unable to stand still.
  • To be on tenterhooks = to be uncertain and anxious about what is going to happen.
  • To have something on one's mind = to have a problem that is worrying you.

 

FEELING CONFUSED / UNCERTAIN
  • To be all at sea = to be puzzled and bewildered.
  • To be at sixes and sevens = to be uncertain and confused.
  • To be out of one's depth = to be in a situation which is difficult for you to cope with.

 

FEELING ANGRY
  • To be hopping mad = to be really angry.
  • To be hot under the collar = to be annoyed or embarrassed.
  • To go off at the deep end = to lose your temper, to become very angry.
  • To go spare = to lose your temper.

 

FEELING SURPRISED
  • To be gobsmacked = to be very surprised.
  • That's a turn up for the books! = you say it when something surprising happens.
  • You could have knocked me down with a feather! = you say it to emphasize how surprised you were when you heard something.

 

FEELING QUARRELSOME / UNFRIENDLY
  • To have a go at somebody = to criticize somebody angrily.
  • To tear somebody off a strip = to speak angrily to somebody because they have done something wrong.
  • To avoid somebody like the plague = to avoid somebody completely.
  • To cut somebody down to size = to reduce somebody's sense of their own importance.


We thank Teresa Ruiperez (from Albacete, Spain) for her contribution.

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