Idiom of the Week: “Give my eye teeth”

by Laurie Laurendeau on April 25, 2012

Idioms are short phrases or expressions that we use in the English language to express a thought in a more interesting manner.  Examples of idioms might include “in a pickle”, or “it’s raining cats and dogs”.  Children who struggle with reading comprehension often read quite literally what is on the page, and then the true meaning of the sentence can be lost.  Teaching your child a new idiom each week will help improve his/her ability to “read between the lines” in both oral speech and in written texts.  Have fun trying to use the idiom each week in everyday life!

IDIOM:  “Give my eye teeth”

DEFINITION:  To give up something because you want something very badly

EXAMPLES:  1. I would give my eye teeth to be on a beach right now!

2.  I would give my eye teeth to be finished all my homework.

ACTIVITY:  Draw a giant tooth on a piece of paper, and draw pictures of things that you would give your eye teeth for.


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