New Word #49: Related With Body

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These are phrases commonly used. I think I didn’t include phrases with “ears” since I can’t think of any other than “I’m all ears” to indicate I’m interested in listening. If you have any phrases you want to add, please leave me a comment.

Face

facelift: a procedure carried out to improve the appearance of something.

face to face: (of a situation) characterized by having those involved close together and facing each other. My understanding is that zoom meeting, although with video images, doesn’t count as a face to face meeting, but I am waiting to be corrected. What do you think?

thick skinned: insensitive to criticism or insults.

Nose

nosy: showing too much curiosity about other people’s affairs.

nosedive: a steep downward plunge by an aircraft.

turn up one’s nose: To show contemptuous or haughty disdain, distaste, or disregard for someone or something.

Eye

eyewitness: a person who has personally seen something happen and so can give a first-hand description of it.

keep your eyes peeled: be on the alert; watch carefully or vigilantly for something.

keep an eye out for: look out for something with particular attention.

eye contact: the act of looking directly into one another’s eyes.

turn a blind eye: pretend not to notice.

eye opening: (of an event or situation) unexpectedly enlightening.

Hand

get out of hand: to become difficult to control

give me a hand: to give someone help

first hand: coming from the original source or personal experience; gained or learned directly.

second hand: buying or selling things that have already been owned or used

wash your hands of: to say or show that you do not want to be involved with someone or something and that you are not responsible for them

hand-me-down: a garment or other item that has been passed on from another person.

change hands: (of a business or building) pass to a different owner.

Finger

fingers crossed: used for saying you hope something goes well

finger pointing: actions or words that bring attention to a particular person or issue.

wrap around one’s little finger: to have complete control over (someone)

finger in every pie: to have an interest in or be involved in everything

finger licking: tasty; delicious.

put my finger on: identify something exactly.

Foot

get your feet wet: to do something in a slow and simple way in order to become more familiar with it

cold feet: A loss or lack of courage or confidence; an onset of uncertainty or fear

stand on your own feet: to support oneself without help from other people

sweep someone off their feet: to make (someone) suddenly become very attracted to one in a romantic way

hand and foot: to provide everything that someone needs or wants

foot in one’s mouth: to say something foolish, embarrassing, or tactless

foot the bill: pay the bill for something, typically when the amount is considered large or unreasonable.

in somebody’s shoes: in someone’s place or stead

Toe

toe the line: accept the authority, principles, or policies of a particular group, especially under pressure.

head to toe: completely; over one’s full body.

on one’s toes: alert, ready to act

23 thoughts on “New Word #49: Related With Body

    1. LOL. I have often wondered how many people can pull this off. One has to have a gymnast’s flexibility in order to do it. Babies do that all the time, but for adults it is hard. This is why the phrase is fascinating.

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      1. I like where you’ve taken this. I guess as we grow we lose our physical flexibility and the mental rigidity increases. Haha.
        This saying probably tries to cater to both but is lost in between somewhere.

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  1. When I was young and the adults wanted to talk about something which we children shouldn’t hear they’d say, “We can’t discuss that right now. There’s too many ears in the cornfield.”

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        1. I can still remember the cat I used to have. He would eyeball me with dismay, as if to say, “Look at the junk you give me today. Where is Wegman’s organic turkey breast I ate yesterday? No more?”

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