English phrasal verbs and idioms in songs

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eye of the tiger
"Roar" by Katy Perry
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to be focused, confident and fierce as a tiger

keep your eyes on smth
"Shut Up and Dance" by WALK THE MOON
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to watch someone or something; to monitor someone or something closely

sweep off your feet
"Thinking out Loud" by Ed Sheeran
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to fall in love in a short amount of time; to be completely taken by someone

to hit the road
"Hit the road Jack" by Ray Charles
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to leave a place or begin a journey

poker face
"Poker Face" by Lady Gaga
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an impassive expression that hides one's true feelings

bit off more than you could chew
"My Way" by Frank Sinatra
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try to do/achieve something that is too difficult for you

what doesn't kill you makes you stronger
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson
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being able to grow and learn out of negative experiences

to fall in love
"Thinking out Loud" by Ed Sheeran
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to be very attracted by someone and begin to love them

to act up
"Single Ladies" by Beyonce
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to behave badly

to bite your tongue
"Roar" by Katy Perry
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to stop oneself from saying something

to go down in flames
"Blank Space" by Taylor Swift
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to fail spectacularly; to crash something

to be the sharpest tool in the shed
"All Star" by Smash Mouth
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a sarcastic way to say that someone is not intelligent enough

out of the blue
"Someone like you" by Adele
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something that is completely unexpected

to get smth off the chest
"Secrets" by OneRepublic
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to tell someone about something that has been worrying you or making you feel guilty for a long time

to take a bow
"Take a Bow" by Rihanna
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to aknowledge or praise

to cry a river
"Cry me a river" by Justin Timberlake
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to weep profusely or excessively in the presence of another person

to let it be
"Let it be" by the Beatles
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to leave something to happen

to read between the lines
"Read between the Lines" by Frank Sinatra
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look for or discover a meaning that is implied rather than explicitly stated

water under the bridge
"Water under the bridge" by Adele
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used to refer to events that are in the past and consequently no longer to be regarded as important

to burn the bridges
"Cry me a river" by Justin Timberlake
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to do something that cannot be easily undone or reversed in the future; to end a relationship

beat it
"Beat it" by Michael Jackson
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to leave a place quickly

bad blood
"Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift
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feelings of hate between people because of arguments in the past

to earn stripes
"Roar" by Katy Perry
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to prove that one is deserving of a particular position or designation

to have nothing to lose
"Alejandro" by Lady Gaga
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to be in a bad situation that cannot become worse

The importance of the lesson

Speaking English demands more than knowing the simple and direct meaning of a word or phrase. Native English speakers hear and use figurative language in day to day life, as form of idioms and phrasal verbs, that is why it is so important to know and understand them.

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