arm, leg, knee, belly, bum, neck

Parts of the Body

Idiom Explanation Example
cost an arm and a leg something is expensive I hope he likes his birthday present, it cost me an arm and a leg!
would give my right arm for something/ to do something. want (to do) something a lot Mia would give her right arm to study abroad.
the bee’s knees a wonderful person or thing,
the best
Joseph thinks he’s the bee’s knees, but I think he’s arrogant.
have had a bellyful/gutful have enough or too much of something (but not food or drink). I’ve had a bellyful of that noise, I’m going to ask the neighbours to turn the music down.
a pain in the bum/arse/neck a person or thing that is annoying That woman is a real pain in the bum, she always asks so many questions!
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Exercise C1

Complete the sentences with the words below.

arm (x2) – knees – bum

  1. James is always complaining. He's a real pain in the   .
  2. I love your new dress. It's the bee’s   .
  3. Monica and Lewis would give their right  to have a baby.
  4. A round–the–world trip costs an   and a leg.

Choose the correct idiom.

  1. Claudia really likes Johnny. She’d like it if he asked her out on a date.
  2. My mother got her hair cut at this fancy new hair salon in town. It was great, but very expensive.
  3. I’m a huge fan of David Beckham.
  4. Matthew sits next to me in science. He doesn’t pay attention to the teacher and then tries to copy my answers.
  5. Daniel’s little sister snores all night long. He can’t sleep and he can’t concentrate at school because he’s so tired. He wants to ask his parents for a room of his own.

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