English idioms for when you’re having a bad day

Are you having one of those days? Here are some great idioms to express how you feel.

I [1]got out of the wrong side of bed this morning. In fact, I’m feeling a bit [2]down in the dumps. Yesterday, my boss gave me a [3]dressing down. I had forgotten to send some important files to a client and they decided to take their business elsewhere. Our other projects are [4]going to the dogs so [5]we’re up shit creek without a paddle. It has really [6]knocked me for six. I guess I’ll just have to try to [7]weather the storm there’s no use [8]crying over spilt milk.

Match the idiom with the definition

  • a) survive hard times
  • b) a severe telling-off /reprimand.
  • c) in a lot of trouble [vulgar!]
  • d) to become ruined / become much worse
  • e) a bit depressed
  • f) to express regret about something that has already happened and cannot be changed.
  • g) shocked or upset very much
  • h) to be irritable all day

Answers: 1h, 2e, 3b, 4d, 5c, 6g, 7a, 8f

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