American English Language School

AMERICAN ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL

English Idioms #5

August 23, 2016

We are about half way through the third quarter at Optimus Language School and students are trying hard not to let themselves get overwhelmed with their studying. So, we thought we’d give you some idioms to express your feelings!

 Use these idioms when you have a lot of responsibilities to maintain all at the same time:

-to have your hands full

     Ex: “You sure have your hands full with five teenagers in your house!”

-to have a lot on your plate/ to have a full plate

     Ex: “I’m taking three night classes and working six days a week. I’ve got a lot on my plate right now.”

-to juggle (too many things)

     Ex: “Single mothers often have to juggle two or three jobs along with having a family to take care of and a house to maintain. It’s a hard life.”

 However, if you have TOO MUCH to do and not enough time to finish it all, use these idioms:

-to be swamped

     Ex: “Department store employees are always so swamped during the holidays.”

-to be in the weeds

     Ex: “I’m really going to be in the weeds if my teammates don’t help me with our group project.”

-to burn the candle at both ends

     Ex: “He’s been waking up early to go to work and staying up late to study. He’ll never survive if he keeps burning the candle at both ends like this!”

-to bite off more than you can chew

     Ex: “I think I bit off more than I could chew when I agreed to plan her wedding and make the cake.”

-to be in over your head

     Ex: “Those kids are in over their heads trying to make that life-sized robot out of Legos.”

-to be in too deep

     Ex: “We are in too deep with all this work to do and only a couple of hours left to finish.”

-to be underwater

     Ex: “If you don’t get started on your chores right now, you’re going to be underwater pretty quickly and you won’t be able to go out with your friends later.”

-to be stretched too thin/ to be spread too thin

     Ex: “I feel like I’ve been stretched too thin at work lately. It seems like I’ll never finish all of my work!”


Try these out and let us know on our Facebook or Instagram what other idiom topics you would like us to feature!

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American English Language School opened in 2008 as a full-immersion English language school in Orange County, California. We are a SEVIS approved language school in Orange County, California. (A SEVP certified language school in Orange County, California.) We offer admission to both international and local students who wish to immerse themselves in the English language and American culture. If you want to study English in Orange County or participate in an ESL / TOEFL program in Orange County, American English Language School in Brea is the place for you! American English Language School is near Fullerton and Yorba Linda if you want to attend ESL class in the Fullerton and Yorba Linda area.