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Idioms with Two-Three

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Idioms with Two-Three

 

                                                 IDIOMS WITH TWO

1-be as thick as two short planks:

 

 

       >>  to be very stupid (aptal olmak)

 

 

·         You can not understand this question even if you want to do because you are as thick as two short planks  .

                                   

 2-be in/of two minds:

 

 

        >> to be unable to decide  about something.(iki arada bir derede kalmak)

·         I’m  in  two minds  whether  I  go out  in Christmas  or not.

 3-be like a dog with two tails:

       >>  to be very happy (mutlu olmak)

·         She  was  like a dog  with  two  tails  when  she  saw  that her  darling organized  a  surprise party for  her.

  4-be like two peas in a pod:

      >>   to  be  very  similar (benzer  olmak)

·         I  got  suprised  as soon as  I saw  them  because  they  were  like two peans  in a pod.

5-not be  short of  a bob or two:

 >>     to  have  a lot of  money (çok  parası  olmak)

·         I  wish I were  not  short  of  a bob  or two, then  I could buy  a car for myself.

6-be ten/two a penny:

  >>    to  be  very  common (yaygın  olmak)

·         That  the  students  go  to their  school  in a unwilling  way and  they  don’t  want  to study hard  is two  a penny  these  days.

 7-be two of a kind:

  >>    if two people are two of a kind, they have very similar characters (benzer karakterlere  sahip  olmak)

·         My  sister  and  I  are not  two  of  a kind so we  argue with  each  other  everytime.

 8-be two sides of the same coin:

  >>     if  two  things are two sides of  the same coin, they are very closely related although they seem different (farklı  görünmelerine  rağmen  yakından  alakalı  olmak)

·         Everbody  reject  it  but  in my opinion, the  students  and  the  hospitals  are two sides  of  the same  coin ,especially  in terms of  psychological  disorders.

 9-a bird  in the hand (is worth  two in the bush):

  >>    something that you say which means it is better to keep what you have than to risk losing it by trying to get something better (çantada  keklik)

·         If  I were  you , I would  join  into  this meeting. I  think  it is a bird  in  the hand  for you.

 

 

  10-bring  someone  down  a peg or two:

   >>    to do something to show someone that they are not as good as they thought they were

·         Someone  was  needed  to  bring  her  down a peg  or  two and  at  last, I did.

   11-cut both/two ways:

  >>     to have two different effects at the same time, usually one good and one bad

·         Facebook  cuts  two  ways;it provides  us with connection with people we want, but it takes our lots of time.

    12-fall between two stools:

  >>    if something falls between two stools, it fails because it is neither one type of thing nor another and if someone falls between two stools, they fail because they try to combine two different types of thing that cannot be combined

·         If  I try to  write a book  for both  teenagers  and  the  old, I ‘m sure that it will  fall between two  stools.

    13-for two cents:

 >>    if you say that for two cents you would do something unpleasant to someone, you mean that you want very much to do it to them

·         For  two cents  I would deceive  him.He  is in a bad mood.

    14-not have two pennies to rub together:

   >>   to be very poor  (çok  fakir  olmak)

·         She  doesn’t  have  two  pennies  to rub together so she has been  experiencing  hard  days. 

          15-in two shakes (of a lamb's tail):

 

 

           >>     very soon     (yakında)

·         I will  go to Istanbul  to visit my  friends  in  two  shakes. 

 

 

          16-it takes two to tango:

>>  something that you say which means if two people were involved in a bad situation, both                                                                                must be responsible

·        My family blames me for my each argue with my sister.However, it takes two to tango.

 

17-kill two birds with one stone:

 

>>       to manage to do two things at the same time instead of just one, because it is convenient to do both  (bir  taşla iki  kuş  vurmak)

 

 

·          He killed two birds with one stone;he came to Ankara to see me but he went also to Anıtkabir,TBMM etc.

 

18-know a thing or two:

 

   >>     to have a lot of practical skills and knowledge learnt through experience

 

 

·         My  grandmother knows a thing or two about our hometown as she has been living there for years.

 

19-the lesser of two evils:

 

    >>       the less unpleasant of two choices, neither of which are good (aşağı  tükürsen  sakal  yukarı  tükürsen  bıyık)

 

 

·         I regard the election of students in our school as the lesser of two evils.

 

20- meat and two veg:

 

>> a traditional type of meal, often found in Britain, which is basic and slightly boring, usually a

piece of meat and two vegetables

 

 

·         This  food is meat and  two veg. I think  you  should  try  it  even once.

 

   21-(There's) no two ways about it:

 

>>  something that you say in order to emphasize that something is true

 

 

·         She  never  lies.There’s  no  two  ways  about  it.

 

22-no two ways about it:

 

>> there is no doubt about something  (şüphesiz)

 

 

·         He doesn’t  deceive his wife , no ways about  it.

 

23-of two minds (about something):

 

  >>    unable to decide about something  (iki arada bir derede kalmak)

 

 

·         I’m of  two minds about  whether  I invite  Ayse to my birthday party .

 

24-One step forward, two steps back:

 

  >>     something that you say which means every time you make progress, something bad      happens which causes you to be in a worse situation than you were to begin with

 

 

·         I can not get used to here,on the contrary,it is one step forward,two steps back.

 

25-a one-two punch:

 

>>     two unpleasant things which happen together (çifte  bela)

 

 

·         Our  teacher  will give  us  a  one-two  punch  with  midterm and  lots of homework.

 

26-put in/stick in your two penn'orth:

 

 >>     to give your opinion in a conversation, often  when it is not wanted (tavrını koymak)

 

 

 

·        If  I think I ‘m right  about  any  subject , I  put  my two  penn’orth.

 

27-put two and two together:

 

 >>     to guess the truth about a situation from pieces of information which you know about it

 

 

·         I could  not say something definite about his deceiving  his wife but  he always came to his home late so I put two and two together.

 

 28-put two and two together and get/make five:

 

>>    to guess something wrong about a situation, usually something more exciting than the truth

 

·        I  thought  he  loved me very  much  but I only put  two and  two  together  and  make  five.

 

 29-put your two cents (worth) in:

 

>>      to give your opinion in a conversation, often when it is not wanted

 

 

·         I  think  everybody  should  put  their  two  cents  worth  in  even  if  they think wrong.

 

30-put your two cents in:

 

            >>      to give your opinion (fikrini beyan etmek)

·         I  want to put my  two cents  in every  subject  whatever  the  situation  is.

 

 

31-put/stick two fingers up at someone/something:

 

   >>     to show that you are angry with someone, or that you have no respect for someone or something

 

 

·         At  the end of the meeting ,she made me angry and I could not help putting two fingers up at her.

 

32-[show/teach/tell etc.] someone a thing or two:

 

>>      to know a thing or two - to have a lot of practical skills and knowledge learnt through experience

 

 

·         I can tell  you a thing or  two  about dormitory life.

 

33-stand on your own two feet:

 

 

>>     to be independent and provide yourself with all the things that you need to live without having to ask anyone else to help you (kendi ayakları üstünde durmak)

 

 

·         I have been standing on my own two feet as I have been living away from my family.

 

34-that makes two of us:

 

>>      something that you say in order to tell someone that you are in the same unpleasant situation, or have the same negative feelings as them

 

 

·         I  did not enjoy with her at the party.That makes two of us.

 

35-two can play at that game:

 

>>     something that you say when you intend to harm someone in the same way as they have harmed you (dişe diş başa baş)

 

 

·         He has made me very sad.Well, two can play at the same game.

 

 

>>    if one person does something wrong, someone else can do the same thing (herkes hata yapabilir)

·         She has been lying to everybody about me.Well, two can play at the same game.

 

36-your two cents (worth):

 

         >>      to put your two cents (worth) in - to give your opinion in a conversation, often when it is not wanted

·         I  think  everybody  should  put  their  two  cents  worth  in  even  if  they think wrong.

 

             37-two's company (three's a crowd):

 

            >>    something that you say when you think two people would prefer to be alone together than be with a third person

·         She invited me to go to the theatre but I knowed  that she would come with her boy friend so two’s company.

 

38-two-bit:

             >>    of very little value or not important (önemsiz)

·        We argued with him because of two-bit reason.

39-two-faced:

>>      a two-faced person says nice things about people when they are with them, but bad things about them to other people (iki yüzlü)

 

 

·         I hate people who are two-faced; I think they should be warned about this.

 

  40-two-time someone:

 

  >>     to have a sexual or romantic relationship with two people at the same time

 

 

·        As  soon as I realized he hds been two-time  me, I  left him.

 

41-two-timer:

 

>>      two-time someone - to have a sexual or romantic relationship with two people at the same time

 

 

·        As  soon as I realized he hds been two-time  me, I  left him.

 

 

42-two-timing:

 

>>   two-time someone - to have a sexual or romantic relationship with two people at the same time

 

 

·        As  soon as I realized he had been two-time  me, I  left him.

 

43-a two-way street:

 

        >>    if a situation between two people is a two-way street, both people must make an equal effort in order to achieve good results

·         Relationship between  the  teachers and  the  students has to be a two-way  street-if they want  to discuss  our  works,we want  to  discuss  their  performance to   teach  us what they must  teach.

 

 

                                                      IDIOMS  WITH  THREE

 

1-    be three sheets to the wind :

 

>>     to be drunk (sarhoş  olmak)

 

·         When  I  see people  who  are three  sheets  to the  wind ,  I fear  very  much.

 

2-    the three R's :

 

         >>    reading, writing, and arithmetic (= mathematics)

 

 

·         I  think  everybody should  have  habit  of  the  three  R’s.

 

 

 

 

3-    a three-ring circus :

 

           >>    a lot of noisy or confused activity

 

 

 

 

·         It’s  such  a  three-ring  circus in  the  meeting  hall  that  people  can not  hear  each  other.

 

 

 

 

4-    two's company (three's a crowd) :

 

          >>    something that you say when you think two people would prefer to be alone together than be with a third person

 

 

·         One of  my  best  friend  and  her  darling   would  go  to  the  theatre , they  also  invited  me  but  I  thought  three was  a  crowd.

 

                                      idioms.thefreedictionary.com - dictionary of 2007 - metu library - eltpool.com 

 

 

                                                 IDIOMS WITH TWO

1-be as thick as two short planks:

 

 

       >>  to be very stupid (aptal olmak)

 

 

·         You can not understand this question even if you want to do because you are as thick as two short planks  .

                                   

 2-be in/of two minds:

 

 

        >> to be unable to decide  about something.(iki arada bir derede kalmak)

·         I’m  in  two minds  whether  I  go out  in Christmas  or not.

 3-be like a dog with two tails:

       >>  to be very happy (mutlu olmak)

·         She  was  like a dog  with  two  tails  when  she  saw  that her  darling organized  a  surprise party for  her.

  4-be like two peas in a pod:

      >>   to  be  very  similar (benzer  olmak)

·         I  got  suprised  as soon as  I saw  them  because  they  were  like two peans  in a pod.

5-not be  short of  a bob or two:

 >>     to  have  a lot of  money (çok  parası  olmak)

·         I  wish I were  not  short  of  a bob  or two, then  I could buy  a car for myself.

6-be ten/two a penny:

  >>    to  be  very  common (yaygın  olmak)

·         That  the  students  go  to their  school  in a unwilling  way and  they  don’t  want  to study hard  is two  a penny  these  days.

 7-be two of a kind:

  >>    if two people are two of a kind, they have very similar characters (benzer karakterlere  sahip  olmak)

·         My  sister  and  I  are not  two  of  a kind so we  argue with  each  other  everytime.

 8-be two sides of the same coin:

  >>     if  two  things are two sides of  the same coin, they are very closely related although they seem different (farklı  görünmelerine  rağmen  yakından  alakalı  olmak)

·         Everbody  reject  it  but  in my opinion, the  students  and  the  hospitals  are two sides  of  the same  coin ,especially  in terms of  psychological  disorders.

 9-a bird  in the hand (is worth  two in the bush):

  >>    something that you say which means it is better to keep what you have than to risk losing it by trying to get something better (çantada  keklik)

·         If  I were  you , I would  join  into  this meeting. I  think  it is a bird  in  the hand  for you.

 

 

  10-bring  someone  down  a peg or two:

   >>    to do something to show someone that they are not as good as they thought they were

·         Someone  was  needed  to  bring  her  down a peg  or  two and  at  last, I did.

   11-cut both/two ways:

  >>     to have two different effects at the same time, usually one good and one bad

·         Facebook  cuts  two  ways;it provides  us with connection with people we want, but it takes our lots of time.

    12-fall between two stools:

  >>    if something falls between two stools, it fails because it is neither one type of thing nor another and if someone falls between two stools, they fail because they try to combine two different types of thing that cannot be combined

·         If  I try to  write a book  for both  teenagers  and  the  old, I ‘m sure that it will  fall between two  stools.

    13-for two cents:

 >>    if you say that for two cents you would do something unpleasant to someone, you mean that you want very much to do it to them

·         For  two cents  I would deceive  him.He  is in a bad mood.

    14-not have two pennies to rub together:

   >>   to be very poor  (çok  fakir  olmak)

·         She  doesn’t  have  two  pennies  to rub together so she has been  experiencing  hard  days. 

          15-in two shakes (of a lamb's tail):

 

 

           >>     very soon     (yakında)

·         I will  go to Istanbul  to visit my  friends  in  two  shakes. 

 

 

          16-it takes two to tango:

>>  something that you say which means if two people were involved in a bad situation, both                                                                                          must be responsible

·        My family blames me for my each argue with my sister.However, it takes two to tango.

 

17-kill two birds with one stone:

 

>>       to manage to do two things at the same time instead of just one, because it is convenient to do both  (bir  taşla iki  kuş  vurmak)

 

 

·          He killed two birds with one stone;he came to Ankara to see me but he went also to Anıtkabir,TBMM etc.

 

18-know a thing or two:

 

   >>     to have a lot of practical skills and knowledge learnt through experience

 

 

·         My  grandmother knows a thing or two about our hometown as she has been living there for years.

 

19-the lesser of two evils:

 

    >>       the less unpleasant of two choices, neither of which are good (aşağı  tükürsen  sakal  yukarı  tükürsen  bıyık)

 

 

·         I regard the election of students in our school as the lesser of two evils.

 

20- meat and two veg:

 

>> a traditional type of meal, often found in Britain, which is basic and slightly boring, usually a

piece of meat and two vegetables

 

 

·         This  food is meat and  two veg. I think  you  should  try  it  even once.

 

   21-(There's) no two ways about it:

 

>>  something that you say in order to emphasize that something is true

 

 

·         She  never  lies.There’s  no  two  ways  about  it.

 

22-no two ways about it:

 

>> there is no doubt about something  (şüphesiz)

 

 

·         He doesn’t  deceive his wife , no ways about  it.

 

23-of two minds (about something):

 

  >>    unable to decide about something  (iki arada bir derede kalmak)

 

 

·         I’m of  two minds about  whether  I invite  Ayse to my birthday party .

 

24-One step forward, two steps back:

 

  >>     something that you say which means every time you make progress, something bad      happens which causes you to be in a worse situation than you were to begin with

 

 

·         I can not get used to here,on the contrary,it is one step forward,two steps back.

 

25-a one-two punch:

 

>>     two unpleasant things which happen together (çifte  bela)

 

 

·         Our  teacher  will give  us  a  one-two  punch  with  midterm and  lots of homework.

 

26-put in/stick in your two penn'orth:

 

 >>     to give your opinion in a conversation, often  when it is not wanted (tavrını koymak)

 

 

·        If  I  think I ‘m right  about  any  subject , I  put  my two  penn’orth.

 

27-put two and two together:

 

 >>     to guess the truth about a situation from pieces of information which you know about it

 

 

·         I could  not say something definite about his deceiving  his wife but  he always came to his home late so I put two and two together.

 

 28-put two and two together and get/make five:

 

>>    to guess something wrong about a situation, usually something more exciting than the truth

 

·        I  thought  he  loved me very  much  but I only put  two and  two  together  and  make  five.

 

 29-put your two cents (worth) in:

 

>>      to give your opinion in a conversation, often when it is not wanted

 

 

·         I  think  everybody  should  put  their  two  cents  worth  in  even  if  they think wrong.

 

30-put your two cents in:

 

 

            >>      to give your opinion (fikrini beyan etmek)

·         I  want to put my  two cents  in every  subject  whatever  the  situation  is.

 

 

 

 

31-put/stick two fingers up at someone/something:

 

   >>     to show that you are angry with someone, or that you have no respect for someone or something

 

 

·         At  the end of the meeting ,she made me angry and I could not help putting two fingers up at her.

 

32-[show/teach/tell etc.] someone a thing or two:

 

>>      to know a thing or two - to have a lot of practical skills and knowledge learnt through experience

 

 

·         I can tell  you a thing or  two  about dormitory life.

 

33-stand on your own two feet:

 

 

>>     to be independent and provide yourself with all the things that you need to live without having to ask anyone else to help you (kendi ayakları üstünde durmak)

 

 

·         I have been standing on my own two feet as I have been living away from my family.

 

34-that makes two of us:

 

>>      something that you say in order to tell someone that you are in the same unpleasant situation, or have the same negative feelings as them

 

 

·         I  did not enjoy with her at the party.That makes two of us.

 

35-two can play at that game:

 

>>     something that you say when you intend to harm someone in the same way as they have harmed you (dişe diş başa baş)

 

 

·         He has made me very sad.Well, two can play at the same game.

 

 

>>    if one person does something wrong, someone else can do the same thing (herkes hata yapabilir)

·         She has been lying to everybody about me.Well, two can play at the same game.

 

36-your two cents (worth):

 

 

         >>      to put your two cents (worth) in - to give your opinion in a conversation, often when it is not wanted

·         I  think  everybody  should  put  their  two  cents  worth  in  even  if  they think wrong.

 

 

             37-two's company (three's a crowd):

 

            >>    something that you say when you think two people would prefer to be alone together than be with a third person

·         She invited me to go to the theatre but I knowed  that she would come with her boy friend so two’s company.

 

38-two-bit:

             >>    of very little value or not important (önemsiz)

·        We argued with him because of two-bit reason.

39-two-faced:

>>      a two-faced person says nice things about people when they are with them, but bad things about them to other people (iki yüzlü)

 

 

·         I hate people who are two-faced; I think they should be warned about this.

 

  40-two-time someone:

 

  >>     to have a sexual or romantic relationship with two people at the same time

 

 

·        As  soon as I realized he hds been two-time  me, I  left him.

 

41-two-timer:

 

>>      two-time someone - to have a sexual or romantic relationship with two people at the same time

 

 

·        As  soon as I realized he hds been two-time  me, I  left him.

 

 

42-two-timing:

 

>>   two-time someone - to have a sexual or romantic relationship with two people at the same time

 

 

·        As  soon as I realized he had  been two-time  me, I  left him.

 

43-a two-way street:

 

 

        >>    if a situation between two people is a two-way street, both people must make an equal effort in order to achieve good results

·         Relationship between  the  teachers and  the  students have to be a two-way  street-if they want  to discuss  our  works,we want  to  discuss  their  performance to   teach  us what they must  teach.

 

 

 

 

                                                      IDIOMS  WITH  THREE

 

 

1-    be three sheets to the wind :

 

 

>>     to be drunk (sarhoş  olmak)

 

 

·         When  I  see people  who  are three  sheets  to the  wind ,  I fear  very  much.

 

 

2-    the three R's :

 

 

         >>    reading, writing, and arithmetic (= mathematics)

 

 

·         I  think  everybody should  have  habit  of  the  three  R’s.

 

 

 

 

3-    a three-ring circus :

 

 

           >>    a lot of noisy or confused activity

 

 

 

 

·         It’s  such  a  three-ring  circus in  the  meeting  hall  that  people  can not  hear  each  other.

 

 

 

 

4-    two's company (three's a crowd) :

 

 

          >>    something that you say when you think two people would prefer to be alone together than be with a third person

 

 

 

 

·         One of  my  best  friend  and  her  darling   would  go  to  the  theatre , they  also  invited  me  but  I  thought  three was  a  crowd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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