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In a Pickle

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Source: In a Pickle: And Other Funny Idioms by Marvin Terban and Giulio Maestro. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION This is a sample deck. For more information, please see "My Other Anki Decks" section on the Essential Idioms in English page. Nickolay <kelciour@gmail.com>

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Id IAP_07
Idiom To put the cart before the horse
Meaning To get the order of things backward
Example There he goes again, putting the cart before the horse!
Explanation If you try to walk a tightrope before you've taken any tightrope walking lessons, or if you eat dessert first, then the main course, you've got things in reverse order. You're "putting the cart before the horse."A farmer who actually put his horse behind the wagon instead of in front of it wouldn't get very far, would he?
Id IAP_06
Idiom Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
Meaning Don't make plans based upon something that hasn't happened yet.
Example You shouldn't have counted your chickens before they hatched!
Explanation Not all plans turn out the way we think they will. For example, not all eggs hatch. If a farmer counts five eggs in a nest, it doesn't mean he's going to have five baby chicks. If he advertises FIVE CHICKS FOR SALE, he may be in for a disappointing surprise if only three eggs hatch.
Id IAP_04
Idiom White elephant
Meaning A totally useless possession that you'd like to get rid of
Example Every time you go to a garage sale, you come home with another white elephant!
Explanation A long time ago in Siam (now Thailand), a white elephant was a sacred animal.When the King of Siam was angry at someone, he gave him a white elephant as a "present." The white elephant could never be made to work. It would live only in pampered luxury. Its new owner would probably run out of money caring for it. Some present!Today at a flea market or school fair, you might see people selling "white elephants." Don't look for any light-colored pachyderms. White elephants are just some junk that people don't want anymore and would like to sell to you.

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