||Translation / Tłumaczenie
||Example / Przykład
|a baby boomer
||osoba urodzona w okresie wyżu demograficznego
||People born after the Second World War are called baby boomers which indicates a large number of people that were born.
|a baby in the woods
||bezradny jak dziecko
||When it comes to mathematics I am a baby in the woods. I can't carry out a simple calculation.
|a backseat driver
||pasażer który ciągle 'wytyka' błędy kierowcy
||I will never drive this car again with him on the board, he is what they call a backseat driver.
|a bad patch
||I am currently going through a miserable period, a real bad patch.
|a bit much
||I think it's a bit much to expect her to play 3 matches in one day.
|a black look
||nieprzyjazne, złe spojrzenie
||My rival gave me a black look when we saw yesterday.
|a blue movie
||film o pornograficznej treści
||If you are under 18 you cannot watch blue movies becouse they contain explicit sexual scenes.
|a blue-eyed boy
||oczko w głowie
||Unfortonatelly it is my younger brother that has always been my father's blue-eyed boy.
|a bone of contention
||The decision about who should rule in this family has always been a bone of contention.
|a bundle of nerves
||When she had another baby, all of the sudden she bacame a bundle of nerves.
|a cold fish
||człowiek nie okazujacy uczuć, zimny jak głaz
||Hug me George, don't be such a cold fish!
|a counsel of despair
||It was a genuine counsel of despair on Jimy's part to own money from the mob.
|a dog's life
||If you want to get to know a dog's life, join the Polish army.
|a drop in the ocean
||kropla w morzu potrzeb
||His hundred dollars is like drop in the ocean. It will not buy me health.
|a feather in the cap
||Often brilliant technical skills are a feather in the cap of young football players.
|a flash in the pan
||My learning how to speak Italian is like a flash in the pan. I don't feel it any more.
|a golden handshake
||Mrs Lolly was given a golden handshake when she left the company last Monday.
|a little bird told me
||"mały ptaszek mi powiedział", chodzą wieści (jak ukrywamy źródło informacji)
||Hey, Ben a little bird told me that you were going to give away some of your money to the poor. Is that true?
|a little something
||If we pay a visit to your parents again, don't forget to buy them a little of something.
|a long shot
||Carring out of this project seems to me a long shot. Do you really believe people will be willing to cooperate with us?
|a man of few words
||Andrew is a man of few words but many charitable deeds.
|a pack of lies
||It's a pack of lies! You have never seen the duchess Diana, not to mension meeting her.
|a pat on the back
||After he had won the election he received a pat on the back from the previous president.
|a piece of cake
||All the idioms are a piece of cake for those people with good memory.
|a ray of hope
||Seeing our allies approach us was like a ray of hope for all the dispared boys.
|a sharp tongue
||People dislike her for her sharp tongue.
|a shot in the dark
||strzał w ciemno
||Although it was a complete shot in the dark I guessed her name.
|a slap in the face
||bolesny cios, policzek
||It was like a slap in the face to see my wife kiss a stranger
|a slip of the tongue
||I was misunderstood becouse of a minor slip of the tongue.
||If you try to go with him you will be late for school. He is an incredible slowcoach!
|a stag night
||It's the last opportunity to get wild. After your stag night you will know what I mean.
|a stone's throw
||Don't slow down! It is almost a stone's throw from here. We will get there in 2 minuts.
|a tough nut to crack
||twardy orzech do zgryzienia
||Buying this old house has become a tough nut to crack for ma and my wife.
|a vicious circle
||The more he does he comes back to the same point. It is like a vicious circle.
|a walk of life
||I know people from different walks of life.
|a white elephant
||Selling ice-cream last year turned out to be a white elephant. We earned much less than we had expected.
||numer 1, coś najlepszego
||The playstation portable known as PSP was labelled A1 in certain juvenile environments which means the best portable handheld.
||Jack did many things in his life above board and but since his wife's death he has become a righteous citizen.
|accident waiting to happen
||I'd rather stay away from him, he is just like an accident waiting to happen.
|ace up your sleeve
||ukryty atut, as w rękawie
||Mickey was never beaten by his opponents and if anything was going wrong he always seemed to have
ace up his sleeve which he eventually used to his advantage.
||pięta Achillesa, słaby punkt
||You see, maths has always been my Achilles' heel, maybe becouse I usually had not very experienced teachers to explain it to me well .
|add fuel to the fire
||dolewać benzyny do ognia
||By saying that she is not particularly skillful at the job you add fuel to the fire. She will hate us even more.
|after your own heart
||There is a special bond between us and she has always been a woman after my own heart.
|against all odds
||pomimo wszystkich przeciwności
||Against all odds Derek decided to try his luck again in Las Vegas.
|against the grain
||I am not going to go against the grain. My personal believes are important for me but not as much to generate hatered.
||osoba w gazecie odpowiadająca na kłopotliwe pytania
||Ann worked for the local newspaper as an agony aunt solving people's problems day by day.
||dział gazety w którym udziela się porad
||The people's problems that I find in the agony column seem often pretty strange to me.
|ahead of the pack
||górować nad innymi przeciwnikami
||The cyclist was much ahead of his pack and for the next 200km nobody had a chance to approach him closer than 1km.
|albatross around your neck
||problem który hamuje czyś sukces
||Your fiancee is like an albatross around your neck. Can't you see that she has been impeding you from carring out your tasks successfully for such a long time?
||od samego początku
||She was observing you all along to find out how much money you could have.
|all is well that ends well
||wszystko dobre, co się dobrze kończy
||Although we damaged the car the insurance company paid us twice as much. As they say all is well that ends well.
|all of a sudden
||All of a sudden a thunder struck the nearby tree and burnt it down completely.
|all over the place
||My child's toys were scattered all over the room. I told him to tide up the mess.
|all over the world
||Now, it is possible to travel all over the world in less the 60 days.
||All set, we are just wainting for you to come and evaluate how we did.
|all skin and bone
||chudy jak szczapa
||Kathy is all skin and bones. I can't look at her when she gets stripped.
|all year round
||przez cały rok
||Ammy wears that weird red cap all year round.
|an early bird
||An early bird like Kate usually get up at 6 o'clock.
|an old flame
||stara miłość lub pasja
||My old flame's name was Katia. I thrilled at the thought I could meet her again.
|and last but not the least
||"I na końcu" (ostatnia rzecz, co nie znaczy że mniej ważna)
||And last but not the least, don't forget to swith off all the lights before you leave.
||krytykować i dawać rady ale samemu nie postępować lepiej
||Andy is a type of an armchair critic that points you every mistake you make. I wonder why he never drives the car in my companion?
|armed to the teeth
||uzbrojony po zęby
||Armed to the teeth troops invaded the base and capture few hostages.
|as a matter of fact
||w rzeczywistości, prawdę mówiąc
||As a matter of fact I saw her passing by me, even twice.
|as a rule
||As a rule I never talk to strangers.
|as deaf as a post
||głuchy jak pień
||She will not hear you becouse she is as deaf as a post.
|as dull as ditchwater
||nudny jak flaki z olejem
||His lecture was as dull as ditchwater, so most of the students simply fell aspeep.
|as fresh as a daisy
||wyglądający i czujący się rześko
||How do you do this that you always look as fresh as a daisy!
|as hard as nails
||nie okazujący emocji
||All the family mourned after the father's death but Yaan turned out to be as hard as nails.
|as poor as a church mouse
||biedny jak mysz kościelna
||Don't expect her to pay you much, she is as poor as a church mouse.
|as sick as a dog
||Having eaten that yesterday's pizza I was as sick as a dog.
|as stubborn as a mule
||uparty jak osioł
||He never does what I tell him to do becouse he is as stubborn as a mule.
|ask for trouble
||prosić się o kłopoty
||Comming to this neighbourhood is like asking for trouble.
|at all costs
||wszelkimi dostępnymi środkami, za wszelką cenę
||At all costs I must pass this final exam.
|at arm's length
||After her husband's death he kept people at arm's length and seldom left her house.
|at cross purposes
||nie rozumieć się nawzajem
||Although I tried verny hard we seem to have talked at cross purposes. His vision of the world is so different from mine.
|at death's door
||He admitted doing many crimes at death's door.
|at each other's throats
||skakac sobie do gardła
||It is a tale about two men with their hands around each other's throats.
|at first sight
||na pierwszy rzut oka
||At first sight she seemed much cheerful then she really was.
||w głębi duszy
||Down at heart he always believed that good people do exist.
||The prisoners escaped and many of them are now at large.
||In a burning house you pick things at random, there is no time to take them all.
|at sb's expense
||Alice was having a very good time at her parents' expense.
|at short notice
||w ostatniej chwili
||We managed to clean the house at short notice, right after it all the guests arrived.
|at the crack of dawn
||This lover boy frequently comes back home at the crack of dawn.
|at the eleventh hour
||w ostatniej chwili
||Why do you always do things at the eleventh hour? People who are constantly late can't be respected.
|at the end of your tether
||u kresu wytrzymałości
||The everlasting problems caused her to be at the end of her tether. She almost got to the local lunatic asylum.
|at the top of your voice
||na całe gardło
||At the top of her voice she announced that she was going to be married.
||We pay a visit to our parents-in-law at times.
|at your fingertips
||w małym palcu
||In this kind of job a man is supposed to have at his fingertips such data that will allow to make reasonable decisions quickly.