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IELTS Idioms

not get a word in edgeways

If you cannot get a word in edgeways in a conversation, you find it difficult to say anything because someone else is talking so much. [BRITISH]
until you are blue in the face

If you say that someone can say or do something until they are blue in the face, you mean that however many times they say or do it, it will have no effect. [INFORMAL]
at the end of your tether

If you are at the end of your tether, you are very upset because you are no longer able to deal with a difficult situation.
give someone the creeps

If someone or something gives you the creeps, they make you feel nervous or frightened. [INFORMAL]
the last/final straw

If you say that something is the last straw or the final straw, you mean it is the latest in a series of bad events and it makes you unable to deal with a situation any longer.
scare someone out of their wits

If something or someone scares you out of your wits, they make you very frightened or worried.
be shaking like a leaf

If someone is shaking like a leaf, their body is shaking a lot, usually because they are very frightened.
get/have cold feet

If you get cold feet or have cold feet about something you have planned to do, you become nervous about it and are not sure that you want to do it.
butterflies in your stomach

If you have butterflies in your stomach, you feel very nervous about something that you have to do.
red tape

Red tape is official rules and documents that seem unnecessary and cause delay.
jump/nearly jump out of your skin

If you jump out of your skin or nearly jump out of your skin, you are suddenly very surprised or shocked by something.
frighten/scare the life out of someone

If someone or something frightens the life out of you or scares the life out of you, they frighten you very much. [INFORMAL]
on edge

If someone is on edge, they are anxious and unable to relax.
a bundle of nerves

If you say that someone is a bundle of nerves, you mean that they are extremely nervous.

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