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Explore musical phrases, ranging from ‘For a song’ to ‘Jam session.’ Enhance your language proficiency in a melodic way!

This week, I’ve compiled ten idioms related to music in English and discovered a fantastic infographic. Below, you’ll find translations and examples, similar to a previous article, to aid in retention. I trust that these intriguing expressions will prove beneficial.

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  •    Change your tune

Alter your perspective or viewpoint on something.

Example: He was against the idea to start with, but he soon changed his tune when I told him how much money he’d get out of it.

  •    Play it by ear

Adapt your approach to a situation as it unfolds, rather than adhering to pre-made plans.

Example: I’m not sure how long I’ll stay at the party. I’ll play it by ear.

  •    Ring a bell

Seem familiar

Example: I thought that your name rang a bell when I heard the teacher call roll. You were in my English class two years ago, weren’t you?

  •   Jam session

When musicians perform spontaneously or collaborate with others without prior rehearsal.

Example: Every Tuesday night there is a jam session at my house with my closest friends. Sometimes the music can get loud.

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  •    For a song

Extremely affordable.

Example: “Is that your new car?” “Yeah, you know, I bought it for a song.” “Lucky you!”

  •    Music to my ears

Fantastic news.

Example: Lilly finally got the job. It was music to my ears.

  •    Set something to music

Respond sharply with sarcasm.

Example: The writer has set all the negative commentaries to music.

  •    Elevator music

Widely liked, easygoing music typically heard in malls, during telephone holds, and in medical offices.

Example: I love that elevator music in Skymall.

  •    Chin music

Meaningless conversation.

Example: Whenever those two get together, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of chin music. Bill loves to hear himself talk. He’ll make chin music for hours at a time.

  •    Face the music

Take responsibility for criticism or discipline regarding your actions.

Example: After robbing ten banks, the thief finally had to face the music and receive his punishment of 25 years in prison.

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