Preposition Idioms: 10 Common English Idioms with the Preposition “FROM”

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Preposition Idioms: 10 Common English Idioms with the Preposition “From”

11. (The) Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree

Definition:

Children tend to take after their parents.

For example:

John’s son loves to play basketball just like he does. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

10. (Get) Blood from a Stone

Definition:

Try to perform a futile or impossible task

For example:

The court can fine me $1,000 if it wants to, but you can’t get blood from a stone.

9. Like Taking Candy from a Baby

Definition:

Very easy

For example:

Just watch. Getting her to go out with me will be like taking candy from a baby.

8. Six Ways from Sunday

Definition:

In every possible way

For example:

After questioning me six ways to Sunday, the police finally let me go.

7. From Soup to Nuts

Definition:

Everything; from beginning to end

For example:

Amazon started out as a bookseller, but now they offer everything from soup to nuts.

6. Shoot from the Hip

Definition:

Talk or act without consideration

For example:

Sheila will often shoot from the hip, but at least you know what she’s really thinking.

5. Bolt from the Blue

Definition:

Something completely unexpected

For example:

When Nick broke up with me, it was a bolt from the blue. I was stunned.

4. (A) Far Cry from

Definition:

Very different from; a very different thing from

For example:

I know you’ve been working out at the gym, but that’s a far cry from being ready to enter an MMA competition.

3. A Little From Column A, A Little From Column B

Definition:

A course of action drawing on several different ideas or possibilities

For example:

You don’t need to choose a single management philosophy. Some of the best managers take a little from column A, a little from column B.

2. Home Away from Home

Definition:

A habitual hangout; a place one frequents often and where one feels welcome

For example:

That corner bar is my home away from home—I spend an hour there after work almost every day.

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