Idioms of the Day from BBC Learning English

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For Halloween, The Teacher introduces you to three idioms connected with fear:

* shaking like a leaf -

to shake a lot because you are nervous or frightened (usually in continuous tenses). I saw her just before her talk and she was shaking like a leaf -



* scared stiff -

extremely frightened Jill awoke from a dream that left her afraid - scared stiff, in fact.

Etymology: from the idea that you are stiff (unable to bend or change your position) because you are too frightened to move -




* it sends shivers up and down my spine - to make someone feel very frightened or excited

Now watch the whole video:

The Teacher's Halloween Special from with video and text downloads available


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