The word “like,” in its different forms, has many meanings:
Other forms, collocations and idiomatic expressions….
Adjective: Like-minded – people who think in similar ways. “I prefer to go on holiday with like-minded people, as that way we all enjoy doing the same things.”
Verbs: To look/sound/feel like/taste/feel… = appear, seem with the different senses… It looks like it has rained here overnight It sounded like there was a fight outside last night I feel like I’m catching a cold It tasted like a pear but it was a mango This dress feels like cotton, but I’m not sure, it could be silk
Binomial: “Like it or lump it” = Even if you don’t like something, you can learn to put up with it, tolerate it, get used to it. «I really hate this new working timetable, I hate working 2 evenings a week, I’d rather come in early. Me too, but it’s not going to change until the building works finish next year. The boss told me “you can like it or lump it” – so I suppose we’ll have to start getting used to it.»
A memory like a sieve – a bad memory “Please send me the directions, I’ve been there before, but I have a memory like a sieve“
Like a bull in a china shop – not very delicate “He was so angry, he stormed into the shop like a bull in a china shop“
Like a fish out of water – to feel out of place, awkward, like you don’t belong “I went to the opera once, the music was great, but I felt really uncomfortable, like a fish out of water… it’s not my natural environment. I’m much more at home at rock concerts.”
Like father like son – when a child follows his/her parents’ way of doing something. “Have you seen how John plays cricket? Just like his father! It’s amazing. Yes, as they say “like father, like son” – It’s a good job he didn’t inherit his father’s drinking habits as well!”
It’s like trying to get blood out of a stone – impossible to get information “My husband won’t tell me anything about my birthday present , it’s like getting blood out of a stone”
It’s like talking to a brick wall – The other person doesn’t listen or pay attention at all. “I told him not to drive so fast, but it’s like talking to a brick wall”
A) What _____ your new house _________________? B) It’s big and spacious, not ___________________my old flat. It’s much better.
A) What ________________________________________ tomorrow? B) I hope it’s going to be hot and sunny _______________ today, so cold and rainy.
She is so ____________________ her mother, the similarity is amazing (we say “it’s uncanny” when people are so similar it feels strange).
It’s ______________________ Peter to be late. Do you thing something has happened?
You and your sister both _________________________ your mother, but your brother _____________________your uncle.
Do you ________________________________ going out for a meal this weekend?
I had to go to a really posh dinner that weekend with my boss…I felt quite uncomfortable, a bit __________________________________________.
A) I hate this office !! B) Well I’m afraid you have no choice but to ___________________________ for at least a year, until your old one is redecorated.
I don’t know what the new song ________________________, have you heard it yet?
My sister never pays any attention to the advice I give her – it’s ___________________________________ ___________________________________.
A) How did Tom react when you told him you were leaving? B) He was ___________________ “NO!! I can’t believe it!” and I was ____________ “Come on, you know it’s a great opportunity!”
A) Who do you think ___________________________to win the cup? B) Unfortunately, I think our new team is _____________________win, they’re very weak.
A) What’s the _________________________ of getting a pay rise soon? B) I think it’s highly __________________- the company is making cuts, so I’m sure there’ll be no money for pay rises!!
I keep asking my boss about the plans for the Christmas party, but he won’t give me any information – really, it’s __________________________ ________________________.
A) I’ll have the fish soup and vegetable lasagne please. B) Good idea, I think I’ll do ___________________.
A) Oh no, I’ve forgotten my keys again! B) You really do have a memory________________________!!
A) Have you tried those new bread rolls? B) No I haven’t, what do they _________________________?
My husband and I are very different in the way we think about politics, but very _____________ about religion.