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Liven up your language with clothing idioms

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Idioms are an integral part of business English. Do you know these ones? They are all about clothes. See if you can insert the words in the box below into the correct gaps.

sheep – hat  – wolf – buckle – mutton – socks – boots – shirt – lamb – cuff – linen

1. I never thought she would manage to arrange the conference so smoothly. I really take my __________ off to her.

2. He gave an off-the-__________ toast at June’s wedding. It was very good.

3. Agnes is much too old to wear clothes like that. She looks like __________ dressed as __________in those tight jeans and silk top.

4. The chairman was really embarrassed to have his dirty __________aired in public.

5. Stop shouting, keep your __________ on!

6. You should have sent the minutes out last week. You’d better pull your __________up or you’ll be out of a job.

7. I’ll bet my __________ there are redundancies.

8. It’s time to __________ down and get some work done before the exam.

9. I don’t trust him. He seems very nice but I think he’s a __________ in __________’s clothing.


And this is what the expressions mean in German

to take your hat off to somebody
vor jemandem den Hut ziehen
mutton dressed as lamb
von hinten Lyzeum, von vorne Museum
Keep your shirt on!
Reg dich nicht auf!
to buckle down
sich reinknien
aus dem Stehgreif
to air one’s dirty linen in public
schmutzige Wäsche waschen
to pull one’s socks up
sich zusammenreißen
to bet one’s bootsden letzten Groschen wetten
a wolf in sheep’s clothingder Wolf im Schafspelz

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