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Idioms derived from parts of the body - Part III

Idioms are common in all kinds of English, formal and informal, spoken and written. Here is a list of idioms derived from the parts of the body.


Turn a deaf ear (refuse to listen to somebody or something)

  • He turned a deaf ear to our warning and thus got into trouble.

Grin/smile from ear to ear (look extremely happy)

  • His latest book is selling well and he is grinning from ear to ear.

Up to oneís ears in (deeply involved in)

  • He is up to his ears in work/debt/trouble.

Elbow oneís way through (force oneís way by using oneís elbow)

  • The conference room was so crowded that I had to elbow my way through the crowd to reach my seat.

Not bat an eye/eyelash/eyelid (not show any shock or surprise)

  • 'So what did she say when you told her you were leaving?' 'She didn't bat an eyelid.'

Turn a blind eye (choose to ignore behaviour that you know is wrong)

  • I knew Peter was taking the money but I turned a blind eye because he was my nephew.

Keep an eye on (keep a watch on)

  • I decided to keep an eye on him because I found his way of working suspicious.

In the eyes of somebody (in somebodyís judgment)

  • In my eyes he is a good and honest man.

Before/under oneís very eyes (in oneís presence)

  • These evil practices are happening before your own eyes and you are keeping silent.

Doesnít see eye to eye (If two people donít see eye to eye, they donít agree with each other.)

  • He's asked for a transfer because he doesn't see eye to eye with the new manager.

Sections In This Article
Idioms derived from body parts - part I
Idioms derived from body parts - part II
Idioms derived from body parts - part III
Idioms derived from body parts - part IV

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