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What are some popular English idioms and phrases?

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Some popular (and potentially confusing) English idioms and phrases are "burning the midnight oil," "barking up the wrong tree," and "at the drop of a hat." "Burning the midnight oil" means working late, and alludes to a time when people worked by the light of oil lamps after dark.

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What are some popular English idioms and phrases?
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"Barking up the wrong tree" means looking in the wrong place. Picture a dog barking at a squirrel in one tree after it has escaped into another. Doing something at the drop of a hat means doing it immediately. The idiom is a playful exaggeration that conjures up the image of something happening quickly, in the time it would take for a dropped hat to hit the ground.

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