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I love this infographic by Macmillan Education.
Its cheerfulness and colour remind me of all that is special about spring – sun, daffodils, bees, tulips, lambs and sheep in the fields (of which we saw plenty in Wales) and green grass. It is also the time to celebrate Easter with all that chocolate in the shape of eggs and bunnies.
I thought I’d expand on this infographic by giving you an example sentence to show you how each idiom is used. You already have the definitions. So here goes.
1. Spring into action
After lying around all morning doing nothing, Charlie suddenly sprang into action.
2. Under the sun
He likes to read about every topic under the sun.
3. No spring chicken
She may think that she looks cool and young in those hotpants, but I can tell you for a fact that she is no spring chicken.
4. A happy bunny
My husband has his beer, the football match on TV and complete control of the remote. He is one happy bunny.
5. Busy bee
Wow! You’ve done all the cleaning, the washing and ironing?! You have been a busy bee this morning.
6. A good egg
I am so pleased that we hired Dylan to help us with the accounts. He works well and fast. He is a good egg.
7. To put all your eggs in one basket
When I worked in investment management, I always advised my clients against putting all their eggs in one basket. Instead, I recommended that they have a well-diversified portfolio of investments.
8. A spring in someone’s step
Clear skies and a sunny day always give me a spring in my step.
9. The grass is (always) greener on the other side
Although it is tempting to think so, the grass is not always greener on the other side.
10. Black sheep
It seems to me that most families have a black sheep somewhere.
If you liked these idioms, you might also like the post I wrote last year specifically on Easter idioms.
Is it spring where you are? Do you like the season? Do you have similar idioms related to spring in your language?
Here in the UK, we are on a long Easter weekend break which starts today. I want to wish those of you who celebrate it a very Happy Easter.
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Ciao for now
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