ARMED TO THE TEETH, AS THE CROW FLIES, and AT LOGGERHEADS: American English Idioms #5

Welcome to American English Idioms: Lesson 5. In this lesson you have 3 American English idioms to read, listen to, translate, and pronounce in English. Please focus and do your best so that you can learn and improve your knowledge of American English idioms. Don’t forget to use the comments section below to share your thoughts and what you’ve learned today.

Directions 1: Watch the video 2 or more times, and pay close attention to the audio and text.

Directions 2: Read the following text in English, then translate it using the translator on this page into your language if needed. When you finish, feel free to write a comment in the comments section below and let us know how you feel about what you’ve learned, as well as what you’ve learned.

ARMED TO THE TEETH – well-equipped with weapons

1. The police won’t enter the bank where the thief is. He’s armed to the teeth.

2. The invading soldiers were armed to the teeth. There was no way the defenders could hope to win.

The expression suggests having weapons (arms) from one’s toes to one’s teeth.

AS THE CROW FLIES – directly or in a straight line, without roads

1. The town is 25 miles from here as the crow flies, but it’s over 40 miles by car.

2. As the crow flies, the airport isn’t very far, but you can’t get there directly. You have to drive around the mountains.

The expression is used to describe the distance between two points as an airplane or bird might fly, without taking into account the twists and turns in the road.

AT LOGGERHEADS – in strong disagreement, in a quarrel; at an impasse

1. They have been arguing all day about what to do. They really are at loggerheads.

2. John and Richard are at loggerheads about what would be a fair price for the car. John thinks Richard’s price is far too low.

1 thought on “ARMED TO THE TEETH, AS THE CROW FLIES, and AT LOGGERHEADS: American English Idioms #5”

  1. ” Armed the teeth ”
    our Army always keeps itself armed to teeth.
    ”As the crow flies ”
    In summer season ants collect their food and go back their holes as the crow flies.
    ” At the loggerheads ”
    The meeting ended at loggerheads.

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