Business English Expressions Body Parts

  1. know one's ass from one's elbow - He doesn't know his ass from his elbow.
  2. pull one's leg - Are you pulling my leg?
  3. twist one's arm - When it comes to cheesecake, you don't have to twist Regina's arm. She'll eat as many pieces as you put in front of her. 
  4. like the back of his or her hand - He knows these city streets like the back of his hand.
  5. give one the finger - Hey, that cab driver gave me the finger because I wouldn't switch lanes.
  6. pay through the nose - If you're going to the baseball game, take the train or you'll end up paying through the nose to park your car.
  7. pay an arm and a leg - I'm not paying an arm and a leg for any of the latest smart phones. I'll wait and buy one later after the prices come down.
  8. rub elbows - She's always bragging about how she rubs elbows with high networth people.
  9. in one ear and out the other - Everyone has tried to explain to her how things are, but it just goes in one ear and out the other. When is she going to learn? This kind of attitude just doesn't fly.
  10. get it through one's head - He didn't want to continue with her, but she couldn't get it through her head until he stopped answering her phone calls.
  11. stick out like a sore thumb - That cheesecake stain on Regina's shirt stands out like a sore thumb. It's too bad she's such a slob.
  12. foot the bill - Who's going to foot the bill for the freight charges?
  13. knee-jerk - Emma's knee-jerk responses to points of view that differ from hers are intolerable.
  14. out of my hands - There's nothing we can do about it now. It's out of our hands. The dean is going to fire Alexander.
  15. hands are tied - The dean says there's nothing he can do about it and that his hands are tied. But everyone knows he can save Alexander's job. He just doesn't want to.
  16. play one's cards close to one's chest -Steve always plays his cards close to his chest and always has a poker face. You never know what he's thinking or what his next move is going to be.
    bust one's ass - Joey really busted his ass to get that report done, but Mike still wasn't satisfied. Mike's a horrible manager. He never notices or appreciates anyone's efforts and hard work.
  17. wear one's heart on one's sleeve - Harry wears his heart on his sleeve; he doesn't know how to conceal his true thoughts and feelings.
  18. strong-arm someone - If you want to negotiate with me that's fine. But don't think for even a second that I'm going to allow you to strong-arm me. Now get out of my office. You can contact me once again when you've got something constructive to say.  
  19. give someone a hand - Can you give me a hand carrying this table? It's really heavy.
  20. lip service - They say they give you a fair performance review, but that's just lip service. I'm going to start looking for another job. I work hard, and I deserve better treatment than this.
  21. have a poker face - Steve always plays his cards close to his chest and always has a poker face. You never know what he's thinking or what his next move is going to be.
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