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Idioms #4 | Low-Intermediate 4

Fish (Part B)

Learn some idioms about fish.

6) Big fish in a small pond

A: So how is university life going?
B: Good but I really miss high school.
A: Why is that?
B: I miss being involved on campus.
A: Or you miss being a big fish in a small pond.

7) Take the bait

A: How was the seminar?
B: Not good. It was all a scam.
A: What do you mean? How so?
B: They wanted people to invest in their company.
A: Really, sound fishy.
B: Yeah, I’m glad I didn’t take the bait.

8) Fish Tale

A: How did the sales meeting go?
B: Great, I sold over a thousand units.
A: What? Are you serious?
B: I know. It sounds like a fish tale, but it’s true!
A: That’s awesome. Congratulations.

9) Drink like a fish

A: How was last night?
B: Good, but today I have a huge hangover.
A: Why, did you drink too much.
B: Yeah, I was with Karen and she drinks a lot.
A: Yeah, I heard she drinks like fish.

10) Fish out of water

A: How was the baby shower?
B: Awful. I hated it.
A: Oh no, why?
B: As the only male, I felt like a fish out of water.
A: Well, I”m sure they enjoyed you being there.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!!

Big fish in a small pond

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When you are a big fish in a small pond, that means you have a lot of status amongst a small group of people. In a larger group you are not as important.


Take the bait

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Bait is the food on a hook that a fish eats. When you take the bait, you are persuaded to do something that might not be in your best interest because of a false promise.

 

Fish Tale

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A fish tale is an exaggeration of the truth. the meaning comes from people bragging about catching really big fish that were likely much smaller than reported.

 

Drink like a fish

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If you drink like a fish that means you can drink a lot of alcohol and not get too drunk or sick.

 

Fish out of water

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When you are a fish out of water, you feel uncomfortable in a situation because you are different from everyone else.

 

Answer these questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
pond • bait • tale • like • water
  1. Sounds like a fish .
  2. Take the .
  3. A big fish in a small .
  4. Like a fish out of .
  5. Drink a fish.