American English Language School


Political Idioms

November 8, 2016

It's Election Day in the U.S. and the presidential candidates have been campaigning hard these last few weeks. We've been hearing a lot of idioms on television and the radio, in the presidential speeches, and in conversations with our friends and coworkers. Let's take a look at a few of them today.

-to put your foot in your mouth: to say something that you regret because it was embarrassing, insulting, or hurtful

Ex: “I really put my foot in my mouth when I said that.”

-to throw your hat in the ring: to officially enter a contest

Ex: “I would really like the chance to throw my hat in the ring with those candidates!”

-the buck stops here: said by someone who is responsible for making decisions and who will be blamed if things go wrong

Ex: “Although I appreciate your advice, the buck stops here and I need to do what I think is right.”

-you shouldn't count your chickens before they hatch: you should not depend on something before it happens

Ex: “I’m feeling really confident, but I know I shouldn’t count my chickens before they hatch.”

-to be stuck between a rock and a hard place: to be in a very difficult situation or having to make a very difficult decision

Ex: “This is awful…I feel like I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place trying to figure out what to do.”

-to make a mountain out of a molehill: to make a small problem seem like a much bigger problem

Ex: “I can’t stand it when these protestors try to make a mountain out of a molehill.”

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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 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.