In daily life, we face diverse emotions. To express ourselves better, knowing idioms for surprise, sadness, and more is crucial.

Today, we’ll explore English idioms related to emotions, particularly those expressing dislike or surprise. If you find learning idioms confusing or frustrating, it’s likely you haven’t discovered the right technique for memorizing them. English idioms serve as valuable expressions, adding color and sophistication to our language.

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Not believe one’s eyes

Meaning: To be utterly astonished, as if unable to believe what is visibly present.
Example: Kate, is it you? I don’t believe my eyes! You look different!

That’s a turn-up for the books!

Meaning: An expression commonly uttered in response to a surprising or unexpected event.
Example: I never thought she’d get the job. That’s a turn-up for the books!

You could have knocked me down with a feather!

Meaning: An alternative expression commonly used in response to a surprising or unexpected event.
Example: I had no idea she got married last month, you could have knocked me with a feather!

Avoid someone/something like the plague

Meaning: To steer clear of someone or something perceived as extremely bothersome.
Example: After that awkward situation, Susan avoids me like the plague.

Cut someone down to size

Meaning: To critique someone in a way that prevents them from thinking too highly of themselves
Example: He was conceited, so I had to cut him down to size.

Have a go at someone

Meaning: To harshly criticize someone.
Example: Don’t be so sensitive, I’m not having a go at you.

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