Figurative Language Created by Donna and Susan Brown
An idiom does not mean exactly what it says.It is a colorful way of saying something.
For example: “Fred could not wait to break the news to his parents.”
This means that: • Fred is going to break something. • Fred is going to tell his parents something they don’t know.
“The boss just gave Ryan the ax.”
Does this mean: • Ryan’s boss gave him • a tool for chopping. • Ryan’s boss just fired • him.
“Let’s get Fran to help us. She is always a ball of fire.”
Does this mean: • Fran can help because • she is on fire. • Fran can help because • she is a good worker.
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