This expression was coined by Shakespeare, who used it literally in Julius Caesar (1:2), where Casca says of a speech by Seneca, deliberately given in Greek so that some would not understand it, “For mine own part, it was Greek to me.” It soon was transferred to anything unintelligible.
Casca says Cicero did speak, but Casca couldn’t understand it because he was speaking Greek. Casca, not an orator himself, doesn’t know Greek. Hence the phrase, “It was Greek to me.” Casca means that everything sounds the same in a foreign language, because it is all foreign and unintelligible.
Something I understand. Something I don’t understand. Something simple.
There are lots of famous quotes in Julius Caesar, including ‘It was Greek to me’, which is often misquoted today as ‘It was all Greek to me’ (Act 1, Scene 2) , meaning ‘I didn’t understand it’.
Although to some it may seem an insult, the metaphor simply refers to the Greek language (either ancient or modern) as typifying foreign communication, written or spoken, and may be a dead metaphor, one that has lost its original understood meaning.
to become very angry. When her flight was cancelled she blew her top.
To say “talking greek” to someone/somebody? Meaning talking incomprehensible stuff.
To do something that helps, aids, or benefits another person. If you do someone a good turn, they are much more likely to help you out in the future. John did me a good turn last year, so I’d like to return the favor somehow.
Where does heart of gold come from? The phrase heart of gold has been used since at least the 1500s. The phrase is thought to have been popularized through its use in William Shakespeare’s play Henry V, which was written around 1599.
Definition: Being verbally threatening, but unwilling to do anything significant. Example: “He keeps threatening to shut down our paper after we ran that article about him, but I don’t think he will. In my opinion, he’s all bark and no bite.”
“Cut to the chase” is a phrase that means to get to the point without wasting time. The saying originated from early film studios’ silent films. It was a favorite of, and thought to have been coined by, Hal Roach Sr.
Eager to hear something, listening attentively, as in Tell me who else was invited? I’m all ears.
: and you (too), Brutus —exclamation on seeing his friend Brutus among his assassins.
If Caesar had stabbed their mothers they would have done no less. Indeed, before he fell down, when he realized the commoners were glad he refused the crown, he pulled open his robe and offered them his throat to cut.
If someone says “it’s all Greek to me,” they mean something is difficult to understand due to its complexity. Example: My teacher was explaining a complicated math problem to the classroom, but I didn’t get it; it was all Greek to me. (In other words, this student did not grasp what was being said.)
phrase. If you keep an eye on something or someone, you watch them carefully, for example to make sure that they are satisfactory or safe, or not causing trouble.
Definition of keep one’s chin up
: to stay cheerful and hopeful during difficult times He’s still keeping his chin up despite all his health problems.
phrase. If someone blows hot and cold, they keep changing their attitude towards something, sometimes being very enthusiastic and at other times expressing no interest at all.
This is an expression used mostly in the world of theatre to mean ‘good luck‘. Actors and musicians are never wished ‘good luck’; before they walk on to the stage, they are usually told ‘break a leg’. … So when you wished an actor ‘good luck’, the spirits ensured that bad luck fell on him.
Definition of down in the dumps
: feeling very sad I guess I’m just down in the dumps.
usage note for Greek
The noun Greek in its archaic meaning of “cheater” is usually perceived as insulting to or by Greeks.
Usually, something is defined as “Greek style” when simple dishes that are found in other cultures, such as stir-fries, pizza, and pasta dishes use a variety of traditional Greek ingredients.
do (someone) a bad turn
To do something harmful or malicious to another person. The lawyer did us a bad turn in the end, charging us thousands of dollars while doing very little to actually settle the case.
: something that is disappointing because it is not as exciting or effective as expected The company’s stock turned out to be something of a damp squib.
phrase. If you say that someone has hit the nail on the head, you think they are exactly right about something.
It usually means the person is brave. the lion has always been a symbol of courage. The term ‘lion-heart’ is used for a person who possesses exceptional courage and fortitude. He is a very brave person. Aa lion-heart means a very fearless person.
Definition of a heart of stone
: an inflexible and unfriendly or unkind disposition She has a heart of stone.
When someone has a heart of glass, they are easily affected emotionally.
Definition of all talk and no action
: saying that one will do something but then not doing it When it comes to looking for a job, she’s all talk and no action.
All Talk No Action Meaning
Definition: Someone who constantly talks about doing something but never takes action or follows through. The phrase all talk and no action refers to someone who says one will do something but does not do it.
Also, all in the same boat. In a similar situation, in the same position. For example, Everyone’s got too much work—we’re all in the same boat. This expression alludes to the risks shared by passengers in a small boat at sea. [ Mid-1800s]
Filters. (US, idiomatic, euphemistic, slang) To flatulate. Hey, who cut the cheese?
: very hurt She was cut to the quick by their insults.
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