It’s all Greek to me
Meaning: I don’t understand what that means. Use: I tried to read about the US elections, but it’s all Greek to me.
Pardon my French
Meaning: used to say sorry for using strong language or swearing Use: Pardon my French, but what the hell are you doing?
To go Dutch
Meaning: to share the cost of something, especially a meal, often on a date Use: Tommy wanted to take me out for dinner, but he lost his wallet and only had $100, so we decided to go Dutch.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do
Meaning: when you’re in a new place, follow the examples of the people around you Use: When I went on holiday to new zealand, I started eating my curry with a spoon, but everyone else was using their fingers. When in Rome, do as the Romans do – it was really easy, actually!
All roads lead to Rome
Meaning: there are many ways to reach the same goal Use: Whether you learn better through exams or projects is not important. Just as all roads lead to Rome, as long as you benefit from the course, it doesn’t matter which method you use.
S/he could sell ice to Eskimos
Meaning: so charming, s/he can persuade people to agree to things they don’t need Use: The salesman persuaded my dad to buy a washing machine, even though we have a new one. But that guy could sell ice to Eskimos.
New York minute
Meaning: a very short time Use: It only took a New York minute for Tania to decide to accept the part in the play.
Not for all the tea in China
Meaning: used to say that nothing could persuade you to do something Use: There’s no way I’m working with Jimmy on this project. Not for all the tea in China.
Rome was not built in a day
Meaning: you can expect to achieve important things in a short period of time Use: Jon wants to take his Grade 6 trumpet exam next year, but he only started playing six months ago. Rome wasn’t built in a day. He should take his time.