3 idioms about using language

If you think about it, there is a lot of English language that revolves around, well, using language!

Here are some useful idioms and sayings related to using language and conversation.

1. off the top of my head

Meaning: Without researching the answer; without being sure

Example: “I don’t know what time I have to work off the top of my head, but I think at 11 a.m.”

Note: This is a good phrase to use if you want to express you aren’t certain about something or may be wrong.

2. in a nutshell

Meaning: To make the story brief; to communicate an idea quickly

Example: “She talked for so long about the changes to the department, but in a nutshell, the director is leaving next month.”

3. (to) wrap up

Meaning: To end; to conclude (a conversation or activity)

Example: “Let’s wrap up here and go get dinner.” -or- “Time to wrap up and go home.”



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Published by Amanda E. Snyder Rufino

Teacher. Writer. Artist.

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