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An Idiom a Day

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A 5-Minute Dose of Idioms.Learn Something New Every Day.

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Episode 32 sweet nothings

February 4th, 2018


Words so deep they make the ocean jealous.

Ep. 33 bare your heart

February 5th, 2018


We met for a reason either you are a blessing or a lesson. ~Frank Ocean

Ep. 35 hold someone at arm's length

February 7th, 2018


What would you do if you felt distance growing between you and a friend?

Ep. 36 cry your eyes out

February 8th, 2018


What movie is your favorite tear-jerker?

Ep. 37 a labor of love

February 9th, 2018


What volunteer work would you like to do?

Ep. 38 on the rebound

February 10th, 2018


What is an important lesson you have learned from a breakup?

Ep. 39 wear your heart on your sleeve

February 11th, 2018


If you wear your heart on your sleeve, it might get dirty.

Ep. 40 a heart to heart

February 12th, 2018


How do you know if someone is listening to you?

Ep. 41 lose your heart to someone

February 13th, 2018


Do you remember the first person you had a crush on?


Ep. 43 puppy love

February 15th, 2018


How old were you when you went on your first date?

Ep. 44 pie in the sky

February 16th, 2018


Have you ever bought a lottery ticket?

Ep. 46 eat humble pie

February 18th, 2018


How do you react when you make a mistake?

Ep. 47 the time is ripe

February 19th, 2018


What promises do you keep making to yourself?

Ep. 48 have a finger in every pie.

February 20th, 2018


Would you rather try everything and not succeed or try only one thing and succeed?

Ep. 49 half-baked

February 21st, 2018


What is the stupidest thing you ever bought that seemed like a good idea at the time?

Ep. 50 cherry-pick

February 22nd, 2018


Would you like to be the worst player on a championship team or the best player on a last-place team?

Ep. 51 bear fruit

February 23rd, 2018


Are you good or bad at finishing things? Do all of your projects bear fruit?

Ep. 53 How do you like them apples?

February 25th, 2018


When you accomplish something, do you make sure everyone knows or do you keep it to yourself?

Ep. 54 a slice of the pie

February 27th, 2018


How much of your earnings do you save?

Ep. 55 from scratch

February 28th, 2018


Do you have a recipe that is your specialty?

Ep. 56 as American as apple pie

February 28th, 2018


What is your favorite take-out food?

Episode 57 chase rainbows

March 1st, 2018


Is there anything you feel you are too old to do?

Episode 58 small potatoes

March 2nd, 2018


What is your favorite flavor potato chip?

Episode 59 happy-go-lucky

March 3rd, 2018


How do you react when things don't go as planned?

Episode 60 work like a charm

March 4th, 2018


What brand names do you buy, that you would never change?

Episode 61 be in luck

March 5th, 2018


Have you ever caught a fish?

Episode 62 given half a chance

March 6th, 2018


Have you ever played bingo for money?

Ep. 63 You should be so lucky!

March 14th, 2018


What would you do if you earned $10,000 a day?

Ep. 64 feel the pinch

March 15th, 2018


What is your view on selling personal items?

Ep. 65 try your luck

March 16th, 2018


What is something you have dreamed of doing for a long time?

Ep. 66 the grass is always greener

March 17th, 2018


Would you rather be very smart or very attractive?

Ep. 67 a bad egg

March 18th, 2018


Who is your family ashamed of?

Ep. 68 as gentle as a lamb

March 20th, 2018


What characteristics of your parents do you see in yourself?

Ep. 69 a cross to carry

March 22nd, 2018


Do you have a family member or friend with a severe health problem?

Ep. 70 pull a rabbit out of your hat

March 23rd, 2018


What is the best way someone can compliment you when you have done a great job?

Ep. 71 cover a multitude of sins

March 24th, 2018


How long do you keep a bad habit from a partner?

Ep. 74 the gospel truth

March 27th, 2018


Do you think honesty is always the best policy?

Ep. 75 lay down your life

March 28th, 2018


Would you rather be a police officer or a firefighter?

Ep. 76 put all your eggs in one basket

March 29th, 2018


What is the best thing that could happen to you if you took a risk and succeeded?

Ep. 77 as the spirit moves you

March 30th, 2018


Are you a member of a church, synagogue or mosque?

Ep. 78 leave no stone unturned

March 31st, 2018


What keys do you have on your keyring?

Ep. 79 to die for

April 1st, 2018


What do you see from your bedroom window?

Ep. 80 rise from the dead

April 1st, 2018


How do you want your obituary to read?

Ep. 81 once upon a time

April 3rd, 2018


What is your favorite fairy tale?

Ep. 82 End of story.

April 4th, 2018


Do you always want to have the last word?

Ep. 83 by the book

April 5th, 2018


Do you establish routines?

Ep. 84 have to eat your words

April 8th, 2018


What books have made a big impact on you?

Ep. 85 be an open book

April 10th, 2018


If you were in prison, what would you do with your time?

Ep. 86 on the same page

April 12th, 2018


How do you keep track of your place while reading a book?

Ep. 87 hit the books

April 13th, 2018


What were the last three books you read?

Ep. 88 take the words out of someone's mouth

April 14th, 2018


What were the first words you spoke as a baby?

Ep. 89 Words fail me!

April 16th, 2018


Who are the authors whose every book you have read?

Ep. 90 take a leaf out of someone's book

April 17th, 2018


Who was the most important role model in your life?

Ep. 91 a breath of fresh air

April 18th, 2018


How do you tell a friend they have bad breath?

Ep. 93 the salt of the earth

April 19th, 2018


Is it offensive to add salt and pepper to a dish before tasting it?

Ep. 94 add fuel to the fire

April 20th, 2018


Do you frequently argue with other people?

Ep. 95 not hold water

April 21st, 2018


What would be an acceptable excuse for leaving work early?

Ep. 96 up in the air

April 22nd, 2018


Do you like or dislike throwing parties?

Ep. 97 an earth mother

April 24th, 2018


If you would be safe, what act of mother nature would you like to see?

Ep. 98 Where there's smoke, there's fire.

April 25th, 2018


What's one object you would grab if your house caught on fire?

Ep. 100 clear the air

April 27th, 2018


What was a big misunderstanding you had with a friend?

Ep. 101 go to the ends of the earth

May 1st, 2018


What impossible task or job are you facing right now?

Ep. 102 breathe fire

May 3rd, 2018


Do you shout at people when you get angry?

Ep. 103 Birds of a feather flock together.

May 4th, 2018


Do you know what your mother's childhood was like?

Ep. 104 Look before you leap.

May 6th, 2018


What are the most important things you have learned from your mother?

Ep. 105 air your dirty laundry

May 7th, 2018


What is something your mother considered very important?

Ep. 106 Share and share alike.

May 8th, 2018


What is something your mother considered very important?

Ep. 107 Curiosity killed the cat.

May 9th, 2018


What one word best describes your mother?

Ep. 108 Beggars can't be choosers

May 10th, 2018


What fragrance does your mother wear?

Ep. 112 castles in the air

May 16th, 2018


How many generations can you trace of your family’s heritage?

Ep. 113 Prince Charming

May 17th, 2018


Do you believe in love at first sight?

Ep. 114 a king's ransom

May 20th, 2018


What family tradition would you like to pass on?

Ep, 115 a double-edged sword

May 21st, 2018


What would you do if a family member told you they killed someone in a hit and run accident? Would you report them to the police?

Ep. 116 the jewel in the crown

May 22nd, 2018


How do you contribute to your family?

Ep. 117 an ivory tower

May 23rd, 2018


What charity work have you done?

Ep. 119 live like a king

May 24th, 2018


What was your upbringing -rich, middle class, or poor?

Ep. 120 lord it over someone

May 27th, 2018


Have you accomplished more than your family or friends?

Ep. 121 the common touch

May 28th, 2018


Is anyone in your family famous?

Ep. 122 a knight in shining armor

May 29th, 2018


Have you or your family been affected by a natural disaster?

Ep. 123 There, there.

May 30th, 2018


What is your favorite comfort food when you’re upset?

Ep. 124 enough is enough

May 31st, 2018


What foods do you eat that you know you should not eat?

Ep. 125 same old same old

June 3rd, 2018


What do you usually wish for when you blow out the candles on your birthday cake?

Ep. 126 from coast to coast

June 4th, 2018


What movie would you see over and over and over again?

Ep. 127 Fair's fair.

June 5th, 2018


When flying do you prefer the window or aisle seat?

Ep. 128 and that's that

June 6th, 2018


Have you made any decisions that you regret?

Ep. 129 bumper to bumper

June 7th, 2018


Would you rather live in Los Angeles or New York City?

Ep. 130 name names

June 10th, 2018


Have you ever lied for a friend?

Ep, 131 know what's what

June 12th, 2018


If you got conflicting news reports, which source would you be inclined to believe: Facebook, Twitter or television?

Ep. 132 a no-no

June 13th, 2018


What will you absolutely not do in front of another person?

Ep. 133 Promises, promises.

June 17th, 2018


Do you believe in the American Dream?

Ep. 135 to have someone in your corner

June 20th, 2018


What do you know about your father’s childhood?

Ep. 136 a mouth to feed

June 21st, 2018


How many children do you have or would like to have?

Ep. 137 I'm not made of money!

June 24th, 2018


Have you ever had an incident as a child or with a child in a supermarket or store?

Ep. 140 the light of someone's life

June 27th, 2018


What is the happiest memory of your father?

Ep. 141 bring someone down a peg

June 28th, 2018


What was your father’s strongest characteristic?

Ep. 142 the dog days

July 1st, 2018


How many glasses of water do you drink a day?

Ep, 143 blow hot and cold

July 2nd, 2018


Do you sit outside much in the summer or stay in the air conditioning?

Ep. 144 sweat buckets

July 3rd, 2018


When was the last time you broke a sweat?

Ep. 146 go up in flames

July 5th, 2018


What is the longest project you’ve ever worked on?

Ep. 147 keep your cool

July 8th, 2018


How do you act in an emergency situation?

Ep. 148 too hot to handle

July 9th, 2018


What is your opinion on gun control and gun licenses?

Ep. 149 reach a boiling point

July 10th, 2018


Do you think smoking should be banned from bars?

Ep. 150 a fever pitch

July 11th, 2018


Do you believe global climate change is a serious problem?

Ep. 151 to be as hot as all get out

July 12th, 2018


Which season do you prefer summer or winter?

Ep. 152 catch some rays

July 16th, 2018


Where did your family go on vacation?

Ep. 153 swim against the tide

July 17th, 2018


Would you rather swim in the ocean or in the pool?

Ep. 154 dig deep

July 18th, 2018


What is the furthest you have traveled for vacation?

Ep. 155 be built on sand

July 19th, 2018


In your family, who is in charge of vacation planning?

Ep. 156 to flex your muscles

July 20th, 2018


What do you enjoy doing while you are on vacation?

Ep. 157 save your own skin

July 23rd, 2018


Do you like to sunbathe? Or do you stay out of the sun?

Ep. 158 flotsam and jetsam

July 24th, 2018


What funny experience do you remember from a vacation?

Ep. 159 make a day of it

July 25th, 2018


How many days per year do you take for vacation?

Ep. 160 someone's place in the sun

July 26th, 2018


How important is it to take a vacation?

Ep.161 ride a wave

July 27th, 2018


Would you go swimming at a nude beach?

Ep. 162 go to the ends of the earth (rebroadcast)

July 30th, 2018


What impossible task or job are you facing right now?

Ep. 163 on the rebound (rebroadcast)

July 31st, 2018


What is an important lesson you've learned from a breakup?

Ep. 164 Where there's smoke, there's fire. (rebroadcast)

August 2nd, 2018


What one object would you grab if your house caught on fire?

Ep. 166 lord it over someone (rebroadcast)

August 3rd, 2018


Have you accomplished more than your family or friends?

Ep. 167 live like a king (rebroadcast)

August 6th, 2018


What was your upbringing: rich, middle class or poor?

Ep. 169 a no-no (rebroadcast)

August 9th, 2018


What will you absolutely not do in front of another person?

Ep. 171 enough is enough (rebroadcast)

August 10th, 2018


What foods do you eat that you know you should not eat?

Ep. 173 a labor of love (rebroadcast)

August 14th, 2018


What volunteer work would you like to do?

Ep. 176 clear the air (rebroadcast)

August 17th, 2018


What was a big misunderstanding you had with a friend?

Ep. 177 cry your eyes out (rebroadcast)

August 20th, 2018


What movie is your favorite tear-jerker?

Ep. 178 hold someone at arm's length (rebroadcast)

August 21st, 2018


What would you do if you felt distance growing between you and a friend?

Ep.179 bumper to bumper (rebroadcast)

August 23rd, 2018


Would you rather live in Los Angeles or New York City?

Ep. 180 bare your heart (rebroadcast)

August 25th, 2018


Which areas of your past are most important for you to discuss with a future partner?

Ep. 181 a Dear John letter (rebroadcast)

August 25th, 2018


How would you break off a relationship when you lost interest?

Ep. 181 an educated guess

September 3rd, 2018


Should school buses have seat belts?

Ep. 182 great minds think alike

September 4th, 2018


What was your favorite subject in school?

Ep. 183 get your brain in gear

September 5th, 2018


What was the number of students in your graduating class?

Ep. 184 a word to the wise

September 6th, 2018


What is one of the most important things about life you learned in school?

Ep. 185 too much information

September 9th, 2018


Are you for or against schools having discussions about gender orientation and alternative lifestyles?

Ep. 187 with a capital A, B, C, etc.,

September 11th, 2018


Talk about a time you got in trouble at school?

Ep. 188 learn something down pat

September 12th, 2018


What was your favorite class in school?

Ep. 190 the Ivy League

September 14th, 2018


Did you graduate from college in debt or debt-free?

Ep. 191 Close, but no cigar.

September 17th, 2018


Have you ever been a contestant in a game show?

Ep. 192 the whole enchilada

September 18th, 2018


What would be the advantages and disadvantages of one language for the whole world?

Ep. 194 culture shock

September 20th, 2018


Would you feel comfortable moving to a city where you did not know the language?

Ep. 195 stand up and be counted

September 21st, 2018


Were you counted in your country’s most recent census?

Ep. 196 roll off the tongue

September 24th, 2018


Do you like or dislike spicy food?

Ep. 197 it takes two to tango

September 25th, 2018


How would you solve the ocean’s litter problem?

Ep. 198 a Don Juan

September 26th, 2018


Would you try an online dating site or dating app?

Ep. 199 in loco parentis

September 27th, 2018


Which of your teachers would be proud of you?

Ep. 200 spread the word

September 28th, 2018


Do you get your news from Twitter or other social media?

Ep. 201 on tap

October 1st, 2018


How has alcohol affected you or your family?

Ep. 202 drink like a fish

October 3rd, 2018


How many alcoholic drinks do you consume within one week?

Ep. 203 punch-drunk

October 5th, 2018


What is the legal drinking age in your country?

Ep. 204 pick up the tab

October 7th, 2018


Should alcohol be sold online?

Ep. 205 a liquid refreshment

October 8th, 2018


Do you drink more than you should?

Ep. 206 What's your poison?

October 10th, 2018


Do you like microbrewery or larger brewer beers?

Ep. 207 fall flat

October 14th, 2018


Do you drink alcohol when you eat out?

Ep. 209 do your homework | Back to School 2019

September 4th, 2019


What could you do to become the best in your profession?

Ep. 210 play hooky

September 6th, 2019


What was your favorite thing to do during recess?

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Ep. 211 the school of hard knocks

September 9th, 2019


Do you believe that experience is the best teacher?

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Ep. 212 in absentia

September 12th, 2019


Did you achieve perfect attendance in school?

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Ep. 213 see the error of your ways

September 13th, 2019


Question of the Day

If you made a huge mistake at work, would you admit it or pretend it had nothing to do with you?

Transcript and Idiom Notes

Ep. 214 be on the front line

June 1st, 2020


Question of the Day 

If you could name a dangerous job in the world right now, what would it be?

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Ep. 215 keep your hands clean

June 3rd, 2020


Question of the Day

What law would you eliminate?

Ep. 216 up in arms

June 4th, 2020


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Have you ever marched in a protest or rally?


Ep. 217 be caught in the crossfire

June 5th, 2020


Question of the Day

What hot topic usually turns into an argument with you?


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