Idiom of the week: “Straight from the horse’s mouth”

by Laurie Laurendeau on May 23, 2012

IDIOM:  “Straight from the horse’s mouth”

DEFINITION: To get information directly from the source

EXAMPLES:  1. I heard straight from the horse’s mouth that the Principal is moving schools!

2. Rumor has it that our teacher is pregnant; I heard straight from the horse’s mouth that it isn’t true!

ACTIVITY:  Draw a picture of a horse with a speech bubble coming from its mouth, telling something important.

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!


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