Monday, August 20, 2012

English numerical idiomatic expressions

The nine lives of the cat

Idiomatic expressions are interesting in the fact they convey a full imagination in a ready-made formula native speakers use without even thinking about it. To memorize them during the early stages of language learning helps lifting the veil on both differences and similarities between languages.

Here are some English idiomatic expressions with the digit nine. Do you know others?
  • A stitch in time saves nine
  • Dressed to the nines
  • Like a cat with nine lives
  • To be on cloud nine

Picture source: Charles H. Bennett (1828-1867) via Wikimedia Commons

Idiotismes numériques en anglais (in French)
Expressões idiomáticas numéricas do inglês (in Portuguese)
Expresiones idiomáticas numéricas del inglés (in Spanish)

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