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English Idioms: Using Body Parts as Verbs

Try these phrases to sound more like a native speaker!

You can "head" a company, but if things go wrong you'll have to "shoulder" the blame, or "face" your investors.

A good leader will "back" his employees, but if you don't "toe" the line the management can "skin" you.

Did you "muscle" your way into that job?

You might "eye" someone suspiciously, or wait for the police to "finger" a suspect.

Avoid "nosing in on" a meeting you were not invited to.

If you need to get out of town, you can "thumb" a ride -- or you can ride with me if you can "stomach" the thought.

Use a strong-arm tactic if you want to "elbow" someone out of a deal.

I don't always sing along with the radio, but I sometimes do "mouth" the words.


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