I'm so hungry all the time, I feel like I'm eating 24/7. 

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

"all the time"


My mom said I need to do my chores every day when I get home from school.  But because I'm tired from the day, that is easier said than done. 

may seem easy, but is actually not


I am sick and tired of my dog chewing up all my shoes!

bothered by; annoyed by


Just because someone might appear intimidating, they may actually be very nice. You can't judge a book by its cover.

to make a judgement about something/someone based on how it looks. 


Sherry had a terrible day! She didn't sleep well, forgot her homework, and got rained on.  But the last straw was when she missed the bus!! She sat down and cried after that. 

that last thing that happens that puts you over the top


Jerry yelled at his classmate for accidentally dropping his pencil. Jerry is known for having a short fuse. 

a short temper

gets mad easily


It was Jeremy's first day at a new school and he didn't know anyone. Everyone else seemed to be talking and having fun, but he felt like a fish out of water. 

out of place, uncomfortable


It was cold and rainy outside, but Barry was as snug as a bug in a rug inside wrapped in blankets. 



The tickets to the concert cost an arm and a leg; I had to save money for months to be able to go. 

very expensive


We will be going on a field trip next week to the theater, but it's still up in the air when we will be leaving because we don't know what time the movie will start. 

undecided, not determined yet. 


Shanya's sister was always taking her clothes without asking. Shanya gave her a taste of her own medicine and borrowed three shirts without asking. 

Do to a person what they were doing to you


My mom asked me to clean my room.  But I went the extra mile and also cleaned the bathroom. 

did more than what was asked


Kim slept during class and never did her homework. Her mother told her she needed to step up her game if she wanted to pass the class. 

to start doing better


It was obvious that Jessie felt under the weather; he had a runny nose and a tired look on his face. 

felt ill


She said she would clean her room, wash her clothes and take out the trash every day. But her mom knew that would happen when pigs fly, because she very rarely does chores. 

not likely to happen


Today was the big day. Julie was going to sing in front of the whole school for the first time. Her hands were sweaty and she had butterflies in her stomach. 

Being nervous


We had been planning Alex's surprise birthday party for weeks, but mom accidentally let the cat out of the bag when she mentioned the birthday cake she got him. 

told a secret


I could tell she had something important to talk to me about. I put my phone down, turned the tv off and was all ears for what she had to say. 

giving someone your full attention

actively listening


Not only did she make an A on her test, but she also was chosen student of the month, and is getting to have her friend come over after school. She is on cloud 9!

To be extremely happy or cheerful


When Phillip found out he was allergic to peanut butter, he had to cut it out cold turkey and never eat it again. 

to stop something all at once. 


John was up all night studying for a test. So his mom cut him some slack the next morning and let him sleep in for 20 extra minutes.  

took it easy on him


In Louisiana, we have a lot of hot days and a lot of rainy days.  But we only get snow once in a blue moon. 

rarely; not often


De'von had studied all week for his science test, so on test day it felt like a piece of cake. 



Johnny tried to put all the blame on his brother for breaking the window with the baseball; but Johnny was the one who wanted to play, so it takes two to tango. 

the action couldn't be performed alone

both people are responsible


I spent $100 on a new bike, but I had almost broken even at the end of the month from earning $95 from my lawn mowing job. 

refering to neither losing money, or gaining money. 

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