7 Useful English Phrases You Need to Know ~ Video Lesson

“A pain in the neck” ~ Something bad or inconvenient. Not necessarily a physical “pain”.

“Back to the drawing board” ~ Sometimes you have to start from the beginning, even if you’ve already spent a lot of time working on something.

“Call the shots” ~ If you are the boss then you have the power to make important decisions without having to speak to anyone else.

“Down to the wire”  ~ When you don’t have a lot of time to complete a task, you can say that you are “down to the wire”.

“Time to kill” ~ Sometimes you have free time to do whatever you want. For example, maybe you have a meeting at 4pm but arrive at 2pm. You could say that you have 2 hours to kill.

“To rack your brain” ~ Sometimes it’s really difficult to think or remember and to think really intensely, or “rack your brain”.

“Smooth sailing” ~ Sometimes things in life are easy and run without problems. These occasions can be described as “smooth sailing”.

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