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23 / 01 / 2007

BODY EXPRESSIONS: FINGER: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Last week we looked at common expressions in English that use different animal names in them (dog, cat, chicken, etc.). For the rest of this week, we are going to look at expressions that use parts of the body. Today we will start with FINGER.

Today's 1st expression is: to work your fingers to the bone

It means: to work very hard.

Example 1
I don't understand how you can have so much energy; you've been working your fingers to the bone all week. Why don't you take a break?

Today's 2nd expression is: to not put your finger on something

It means: to not be able to identify what is wrong or different about a particular situation.

Example 2:
There was something very strange about my son when he came home last night, but I couldn't put my finger on it

Today's 3rd expression isto lay a finger on somebody

Meaning: It is usually used in negative sentences. "Lay a finger," in this context, means to touch someone with the intention of physically hurting them.

Example 3:
We used to fight and argue a lot, but I never laid a finger on her!

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Enjoy the rest of your day.