1. ace: make an "A" on a test, homework assignment,
(sacar un sobresaliente en exámenes, trabajos escolares, etc)
"Somebody said you aced the test, Dave. That's great!"
2. all right (1): expression of reluctant agreement.
A: "Come to the party with me. Please!"
B: "Oh, all right. I don't want to, but I will."
3. all right (2): fair; not particularly good.
(más o menos bien, no especialmente bien)
A: "How's your chemistry class?"
B: "It's all right, I guess, but it's not the best class I've
4. all right (3): unharmed; in satisfactory condition.
(bien de salud)
A: "You don't look normal. Are you all right?"
B: "Yes, but I have a headache."
5. and then some: and much more besides.
( (eso) y mucho más)
A: "I'd guess your new computer cost about $2,000. "
B: "It cost that much and then some because I also bought extra
RAM and VRAM."
6. antsy: restless; impatient and tired of waiting.
(impaciente, esperando algo)
"I hope Katy calls soon. Just sitting around and waiting is
making me antsy."
7. as easy as pie: very easy.
"I thought you said this was a difficult problem. It isn't. In
fact, it's as easy as pie."
8. at the eleventh hour: at the last minute; almost too late.
(en el último minuto)
"Yes, I got the work done in time. I finished it at the eleventh
hour, but I wasn't late.
9. bad-mouth: say unkind, unflattering, embarrassing (and
probably untrue) things about someone.
(hablar mal de alguien)
A: "I don't believe what Bob said. Why is he bad-mouthing me?"
B: "He's probably jealous of your success."
10. be a piece of cake: be very easy.
(estar chupado, tirado)
A: "Bob said the test was difficult, but I thought it was a
piece of cake."
11. be all ears: be eager to hear what someone has to say.
(ser todo oídos)
A: "I just got an e-mail message from our old friend Sally."
B: "Tell me what she said. I'm all ears!"
12. be broke: be without money.
(estar sin dinero, sin blanca, pelado, sin un duro)
"No, I can't lend you ten dollars. I'm completely broke until
13. be fed up with (with someone or something): be out of
patience (with someone or something); be very tired of someone
(estar harto de algo o alguien)
"Bill, you're too careless with your work. I'm fed up with
apologizing for your mistakes!"
14. be in and out: be at and away from a place during a
(estar entrando y saliendo durante un tiempo)
"Could we postpone our meeting until tomorrow? I expect to
be in and out of the office most of the day today."
15. be on the go: be very busy (going from one thing or
project to another).
"I'm really tired. I've been on the go all week long."
16. be on the road: be traveling.
(estar de viaje)
"You won't be able to contact me tomorrow because I'll be on the
17. be over: be finished; end.
"I can't see you until around 4 o'clock. My meetings won't be
over until then."
18. be up and running: (for a technological process) be
operational; be ready to use .
(preparado para ser usado, operativo)
"Dave's ESL Cafe on the Web has been up and running since
19. be used to (+ing/noun): be accustomed to; not
(estar acostumbrado a)
"It won't be hard to get up at 5:00 AM. I'm used to getting up
20. beat: exhausted; very tired (adj.).
(muy cansado, exhausto)
"This has been a long day. I'm beat!"
21. beat around the bush: evade an issue; avoid giving a
(evadir una respuesta o andarse por las ramas)
"Quit beating around the bush! If you don't want to go with me,
just tell me!"
22. beat one's brains out: try very hard to understand or do
(devanarse los sesos, estrujarse el cerebro intentando entender
"Can you help me with this problem? I've been beating my brains
out with it,
but I just can't solve it."
23. Beats me: I have no idea.
(no tener ni idea)
A: "What time's the party?"
B: "Beats me!"
24. before long: soon.
A: "I'm really tired of working."
B: "Just be patient. The weekend will be here before long."
25. bent out of shape: needlessly worried about something.
"I know you're worried about your job interview, but don't get
bent out of shape.
You'll do just fine."
26. bite off more than one can chew: take responsibility for
more than one can manage.
(el que mucho abarca poco aprieta, intentar más cosas de las que
se pueden abarcar)
"I'm really behind with my project. Can you help me? I'm afraid
bit off more than I could chew!"
27. blabbermouth: a very talkative person--especially one who
says things that should be kept secret.
"Don't say anything to Bob unless you want the whole office to
Bob's quite a blabbermouth."
28. blow one's top: become extremely angry.
(cabrear, enfadar mucho)
A: "Was your father upset when you came home at 3 AM?"
B: "He was more than upset. He blew his top!"
29. boom box: portable cassette/CD player.
(radiocassette / CD portátil)
"Don't forget to bring your boom box to the picnic!"
30. the bottom line: the most essential information.
"The discussion lasted many hours. The bottom line was that
the XYZ Company isn't for sale."
31. Break a leg!: Good luck!
(buena suerte, mucha mierda)
"I understand you have a job interview tomorrow. Break a leg!"
32. break someone's heart: make someone feel very
(romper el corazón)
"Joe broke his mother's heart when he dropped out of school."
33. broke: without money.
(sin dinero, pelado, sin blanca)
A: "Can you lend me 10 dollars?"
B: "I'm afraid not. I'm broke."
34. buck(s): dollar(s).
"The cheapest tickets for the concert cost 25 bucks. Do you
still want to go?"
35. bug: annoy; bother.
"I'm trying to concentrate! Don't bug me!"
36. bull-headed: stubborn; inflexible.
"Don't be so bull-headed. Why can't you admit that others'
opinions are just as good as yours?"
37. a bundle: a lot of money.
(un montón de dinero)
A: "Your new car is really nice."
B: "It should be. It cost me a bundle!"
38. burn the midnight oil: study/work all night or until very,
very late at night.
(estudiar/trabajar hasta muy tarde)
"I'm not ready for the test tomorrow. I guess I'll have to
burn the midnight oil."
39. bushed: very tired; exhausted.
"I'm going to lie down for a while. I'm really bushed."
40. by oneself: alone and without help.
(por uno mismo, sin ayuda)
"I can't do this by myself. Can you help me?"
41. by the skin of one's teeth: barely succeed in doing
(por los pelos)
"I'll have to start earlier the next time. This time I only
finished by the skin of my teeth."