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50 Thành ngữ tiếng anh được sử dụng nhiều nhất trong đề thi THPT quốc gia

achieve a record

lập kỉ lục

above board

hợp pháp

The bidding process was completely fair and above board.

across the board

tất cả mọi
thứ

The proposed across the board cuts for all state agencies will total $84
million

air one’s dirty
laundry in the
public


bàn luận
thẳng thắn

The captain refuses to air the team’s dirty laundry in public.

all along

mọi lúc

Do you think he’s been cheating us all along?

all at once

bất thình
lình

All at once there was a loud crashing sound.

all ears

lắng nghe
chăm chú

I’m all ears – tell us what they had to say.

all thumbs

vụng về

Can you untangle this thread for me? I’m all thumbs today

an arm and a leg

một khoản
tiền lớn

These shoes cost me an arm and a leg.

apple of sb’s


eyes

người quan
trọng, người
đặc biệt

His youngest daughter was the apple of his eye

at all costs

bằng mọi
giá

Security during the president’s visit must be maintained at all costs.

at fault

chịu trách
nhiệm

He could never accept that he had been at fault.

at heart

thực chất

He was a very gentle boy at heart.

at odds

không đồng
thuận

They’re at odds over the funding of the project.

at square one

ban đầu

as black as coal

đen như
mực

The pirate’s evil eyes are as black as coal

at the end of sb’s
rope

sụp đổ

I’m at the end of my rope with these kids!

as busy as a bee

cực kì bận
rộn

She was as busy as a bee the whole day.


as easy as pie

dễ như ăn
bánh

For Judy, getting a pilot’s license was easy as pie – she seemed to have
a naturaltalent for it.

as hungry as a
bear

cực kì đói

I’m as hungry as a bear. I could eat anything!

as old as the
hills

xưa như trái
đất

Why don’t we ever sing new songs? Those hymns are as old as the hills

backbone

dũng cảm

Will he have the backbone to tell them what he thinks?

banker’s hours

giờ làm việc
ngắn

His business is doing so well he can just keep banker’s hours.

beat the clock

hoàn thành
trước thời
hạn

The company managed to beat the clock on delivering its new system.

be beside sb’s
self

buồn

He was beside himself with grief when she died.

be bound to

chắc chắn

When you are dealing with so many patients, mistakes are bound to hap

be fresh out of

tốt nghiệp

We’re fresh out of oranges, would you like an apple?

be kidding

đùa

You want me to drive into the city? You’ve got to be kidding

before long

sớm

With a little exercise, you’ll be back in shape before long

behind the ball

gặp khó
khăn

be on a tight
budget

không có
nhiều tiền

Being a student I’m on atight budget so I have to be careful with money

be on cloud nine

sung sướng

Ever since Mary got her promotion at work, she’sbeen on cloud nine.

be on duty

trong ca trực

I’ll be on duty in about an hour.

big shot

nhân vật
quan trọng

All the corporate big shots are meeting this afternoon

bite sb’s tongue

cố gắng
không nói ra

I wanted to tell him exactly what I thought of him, but I had to bite
my tongue.

bite at the cherry

thử lại lần
nữa

He missed a medal in the 100 metres, but will get a second bite of
the cherry in the 400 metres.

blind date

hẹn hò mà

Elaine arranged for me to go on a blind date with a guy from her office


không biết
mặt nhau
blockbuster

phim bom
tấn

Do you prefer blockbusters or smaller films?

blue blood

dòng giống
hoàng tộc

The poorest boy at Groton, his private school, he is both a blue blood a
underdog

bookworm

người đọc
nhiều sách

For those bookworms, there is a library with a vast collection.

bomb

thất bại

brain

người thông
minh

brainstorm

động não/ ý
tưởng hay

bread and butter

thiết yếu
trong cuộc
sống

break sb’s neck

cố gắng rất
nhiều

I broke my neck to get here on time.

break the ice

làm quen

omeone suggested that we play a party game to break the ice.

break a leg

chúc may
mắn

Hey, hope you break a leg tonight.

break up

chia tay

Jenny and George have broken up.

break a record

phá kỉ lục

The painting has broken all records, selling for over £20 million.

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