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Idioms & Proverb


Business Idioms (ӹǹҧáԨ
Monkey business : õԴԹ äѻ蹔
ҧ : Dont you think that there must be some monkey business concerning this problem?
: سԴҧ ͧͧաõԴԹѹ
White-collar : ǡѺҹӹѡҹ
ҧ : The coal miners daughter applied for a white-collar position as a secretary.
: ١ǢͧҹͧҹԹ Ѥçҹӹѡҹ㹵˹Ţҹء
Bankers hours : 㹡÷ӧҹ
ҧ : He is able to work bankers hours due to the fact that he is the owner.
: öӧҹѹҢͧѷ
Bean-counter : ѡҹѭՔ
ҧ : I have asked the bean-counters to look over the annual budget of this year.
: 龹ѡҹѭյǨͺҳШӻ
In the red : ѭյԴź ˹
ҧ : I never have enough money to pay my bills. Im always in the red.
: ѹԹͷ˹ кѭթѹԴźʹ
Keep ones nose to the grindstone : ӧҹ˹ѡҧͧ
ҧ : I have to keep my nose to the grindstone during the first three months of the year.
: ͧӧҹ˹ѡա㹪ǧ 3 ͹áͧ
 
Proverbs (Ե)

Dot the is and cross the ts.
: When only handwritten documents were used, it was very important for the clerk to write everything properly, especially letters like i and t, which could easily be confused. The idiom has since come to mean paying attention to every little detail.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
: This proverb comes from the ancient Romans, who believed the apple had magical powers to cure illness. In fact, apples are filled with vitamin C, protein, pectin, natural sugars, copper, and iron. They do promote health.

(To) climb on the bandwagon.
: Long ago, bands on the platforms of traveling wagons played music to announce a parade or political speech. To show their support, people would often jump onto the platform and join the band. Today, this idiom usually refers to someone who hopes to benefit from supporting another person's idea.

Saved by the bell.
: In 17th-century England, a guard at Windsor Castle was accused of falling asleep at his post. He claimed he was wrongly accused and could prove it; he had heard the church bell chime 13 times at midnight. Townspeople supported his claim and he was not executed. Today we think of the bell that ends a round in boxing, often saving the boxer from injury, or the bell at the end of a class period, saving you from more work. Regardless, this idiom means rescue from a situation at the last possible moment.


Bury the hatchet.
: Native Americans used to bury weapons to show that fighting had ended and enemies were now at peace. Today, the idiom means to make up with a friend after an argument or fight.

(To) have a chip on one's shoulder.
: In nineteenth-century America, a boy who thought he was pretty tough would put a wood chip on his shoulder and dare anyone to knock it off. Today the idiom refers to anyone who is touchy or takes offense easily.

A close shave.
: In the past, student barbers learned to shave on customers. If they shaved too close, their clients might be cut or even barely escape serious injury. Today, we use this idiom if a person narrowly escapes disaster.

He who pays the piper calls the tune.
: In medieval times, people were entertained by strolling musicians. Whoever paid the price could choose the music. This proverb means that whoever pays is in charge.

The pen is mightier than the sword.
: In seventeenth-century England, a free press was banned by the government. This meant that people who disagreed with the government and printed their views were punished. In spite of this, people published their ideas and opinions in illegal pamphlets that were distributed to the public. The proverb means that the written expression of ideas cannot be stopped by physical force.

The pot calling the kettle black.
: In the seventeenth century, both pots and kettles turned black because they were used over open fires. Today, this idiom means criticizing someone else for a fault of one's own.

Raining cats and dogs.
: In Norse mythology, the dog is associated with wind and the cat with storms. This expression means it's raining very heavily.

(To) shed crocodile tears.
: Crocodiles have a reflex that causes their eyes to tear when they open their mouths. This makes it look as though they are crying while devouring their prey. In fact, neither crocodiles nor people who shed crocodile tears feel sorry for their actions.

Clean bill of health.
: When a doctor gives you a clean bill of health, you know that youre perfectly healthy. In the past, when a ship left a port, it was given a Bill of Health if there were no epidemics in the area from which it left.

Close but no cigar.
: Years ago, cigars were often given as prizes in contests at fairs and carnivals. When a player almost won, the person running the game would say, Close but no cigar.

Cut from the same cloth.
: This means that a person is very similar to another. When making suits, tailors use fabric from the same piece of cloth to make sure the pieces match perfectly.

Strike while the irons hot.
: When you do this, youre taking advantage of a good opportunity. Blacksmiths must shape iron into objects during the brief time its red-hot.
 
English Idiom & Thai Idiom (ӹǹѧ - ӹǹ)
ӹǹ ӹǹѧ
ѧ٫·٢ "In one ear and out the other."
ǿ "Life is not fair."
˹ͻШ "Out of the frying pan and into the fire."
о仢ǹ "To carry (or take) coals to Newcastle."
ҹҫҡ "To call a spade a spade."
˹͡˹ "Like cures like."
ի¿ѧ "Cast pearls before swine." "Water off a duck's back."
繪ҧ ҧ "To keep up with the Joneses." "To be as small as a vinegar fly and want to shit like an elephant." "Too big for your britches."
ѹ ¡ҵ "Union is strength." "Together we live; separate we die."
紷 ˹ Every cloud has a silver lining." "Life is not all beer and skittles." "Laugh today and cry tomorrow."
繷觵 "God helps those who help themselves."
"Like father, like son."
ҧ͡Դ㹻 "A genuine is born, not made."
ѹҡ... "Out of sight, out of mind."
͹Ѵ Ѵҡ You can't teach an old dog new tricks."
Ҫԧء͹ "Early ripe, early rotten."
ҧ͡ء ҧç "All that glitters is not gold."
ͧ ͧǵҵ "When in Rome do as the Romans do."



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