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English Idioms and Expressions: Part 2

go down swinging

If you decide to go down swinging, it means that you decide to keep on fighting for what you think; even if you will probably not win.

“I don’t want to lose the contract. I’ll go down swinging before I give the business away.”

heart of gold

Someone who is a very kind and caring person.

“My sister has a heart of gold. She will do anything t help me.”

not off the top of my head

It might sound funny, but we use this one a lot! We use this when you ask someone a question and the person does not have an answer.

A: “Do you know of a good Italian restaurant?”

B: “Not off the top of my head, but I’ll ask my wife. She knows all the good restaurants in town!”

devil’s advocate

The devil is the opposite to god. An advocate is a lawyer. This idiom is very popular and it means that when one person is talking about an idea or plan, the person listening (the devils’ advocate) is suggesting the possible problems of the idea or plan. We usually use it with the verb ‘play’. For example:

A: “I want to have a surprise birthday party for Ann next week.

B: “ I am going to play devil’s advocate. What if her husband is already planning a party?”

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