Archives for posts with tag: heart

On the property ladder is where people who are buying their (first) home are said to be.  Property really means possessions, but is particularly associated with what in US English is known as real estate.

Lost property by contrast is usually a small item such as an umbrella, which has been left behind by mistake.

A grandfather’s chest is an item of furniture, made famous in the song Soldier, soldier, won’t you marry me?

Under the table is where someone who has over-indulged in alcohol may end up.  It can also mean secret or clandestine.

Dancing on the tables may be another manifestation of over-indulgence.

Open house is a social gathering in a private home, where the invitation is extended widely.  Or a policy of extending hospitality to callers.

An open fire is the sort of fire which burns in a grate as opposed to a stove, which has a door or doors.

Welcome on the mat is an expression.  It has resulted in doormats being produced with the word Welcome on them.

An open mind is one which is prepared to consider new ideas.

Here, there and everywhere means all over the place and is a Beatles number.

Every which way means in every direction.

Open doors are synonymous with opportunity.  It is the name of a charity .

When poverty comes in at the door love flies out of the window is a proverb.  There may be a little truth in it.

Home and hearth are words which are often used together.  The hearth used to be the centre of the home.  Central heating has altered that.  Did I remember hearth in my post To the nth degree?  It has heart in it.

Putting it to bed is an expression used by printers regarding starting the overnight print-run for the morning newspaper.

To hit the sack is to lie down to sleep.  A simple bed might consist of a stuffed sack and covers.

House-trained is usually associated with pets, which know how to behave indoors.

As Jesus was being crucified he spoke to his mother and to one of his disciples.  John 19:25-27


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This is post number 120.  I have borrowed an expression from cricket for its title.  I have made a practice of reviewing my posts every fortieth post.  My previous review posts are The story so far… and Looking back

Make do… Expressions including the words make or do.

…and mend Make do and mend is a way of living when resources are scarce.   This post is about sewing and related subjects.

Out of my depth – Sport (Part 3) More sports including swimming.  (I really know very little about sport – hence the title of this post.)

Up, up… Mostly about up and upward movement, but some surprises too.

…and away!  Phrases including away or the concept of going away.  Up, up and away is a phrase and a line of a song.

You’re welcome!  Expressions concerned with hospitality.

Soldiering on – War (Part 1) This is the first part in a series about words connected with war.  Soldiering on has come to mean working hard or getting on with life in spite of difficulties.

Let’s make a start – Work (Part 3) Continuing to collect work-related phrases.

Marching orders – War (Part 2) Most of this post is about marching in the context of war.

It takes all sorts – People (Part 1) A collection of descriptions of types of people

In trouble and how others might respond.

Take aim – War (Part 3) More military terms including some where weapons are aimed.

Seasons – Weather (Part 3) Expressions about seasons and some folklore

Not my type – People (Part 2) Some of these characters are not pleasant

It’s criminal! Phrases connected with crime and dishonesty

Stage-struck!   A keen theatre-goer might be described as stage-struck.

Printed papers Books, newspapers and more vocabulary here.

Judge not… opinions and judgments

Playing fair a trip from fairness to excuses and beyond.

The Talk of the Town Expressions with town and some Cockney slang.

Lighting up words and phrase with connections to light.

Family – People (Part 3) Children and other people feature here

Crash, bang, wallop Noises

All Trades and None – People (Part 4)  Work and people’s characteristics.

Chance, perchance?  Words and phrases about gambling and what causes particular outcomes.

Success and failure Here I think the label is on the tin!

In sickness and in health Phrases and expressions about illnesses, accidents and traditional advice

Off… is the common word here.

…and on is here.  Off and on means sporadically or now and then.

Head first is about expressions with “head”.  A high-diver may intend to go head first, but for others it may be a painful mistake.

Heartening Is an equivalent post about heart.  Does your head rule your heart?

Mother knows best A collection of sayings, which were mostly used at one time or another by my Mum.  Do you use them?

Hot foot I was in a hurry to add this post about feet and legs.

Love story A short post about the language of love.

Hand in hand Shoulders, elbows, knuckles and fingers appear here.

Making history or keeping records.

Games children play From party games to role-play and more

Sit, walk, stand  Phrases connected to positions and actions.
Watchman Nee wrote a book called Sit, walk, stand which is about St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.  If you have time the whole letter is short enough to read at a single sitting and contains a wealth of Christian teaching and some wonderful prayers.  If you have less time, click on the link to Ephesians 2.

Innards Blood, guts, skin – the parts which aren’t visible.  Innards means entrails.

I find it helpful to stop and look back from time to time.

Psalm 105:4-5 (NIV) Look to the Lord and his strength: seek his face always.  Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles and the judgments he pronounced.