120 Useful English Phrases for Everyday Use (Pdf)

1. as easy as pie means “very easy” (same as “a piece of cake”)
Example: He said it is a difficult problem, but I don’t agree. It seems as easy as pie to

2. be sick and tired of means “I hate” (also “can’t stand”)
Example: I’m sick and tired of doing nothing but work. Let’s go out tonight and have fun.

3. bend over backward means “try very hard” (maybe too much!)
Example: He bent over backward to please his new wife, but she never seemed

4. bite off more than one can chew means “take responsibility for more than one can manage

Example: John is so far behind in his studies. Besides classes, he plays sports and works
at a part-time job. It seems he has bitten off more than he can chew.

5. broke means “to have no money”
Example: I have to borrow some money from my Dad. Right now, I’m broke.

6. change one’s mind means “decide to do something different from
what had been decided earlier”
Example: I was planning to work late tonight, but I changed my mind. I’ll do extra work
on the weekend instead.

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