Vocabulary Progression: Useful Words
Click on the sub-link below to find an alphabetical, age appropriate list of useful words which will be explored in different tenses and word classes during Year 6.
Vocabulary Progression: Idioms
An idiom is a phrase or expression that typically presents a figurative or non-literal meaning to the phrase. Eg. "Piece of cake" is an expression for something that is very easy. The idioms we will focus on in Year 6 are:
Argue the toss
You refuse to accept a decision.
At the end of your tether
You’ve run out of patience.
At a disadvantage.
Between a rock and a hard place
Between two equally bad problems.
Something that is expected to work well but doesn’t.
Death warmed up
Someone who looks very ill.
Economical with the truth
Leave out important information to create a false picture.
… for England
If you do something, e.g. talk, for England, you do it a lot/well.
Get into deep water
Get into trouble or a difficult situation.
Give a run for one’s money
That they’re almost as good as someone else at something.
A lot of something.
It’s as broad as it is long
No real difference between two options.
Let the dust settle
To wait for a situation to become calmer.
Living hand to mouth
When you have hardly enough money/food to live on.
Lose your touch
Stop being good at something.
Make a mountain out of a molehill
Make a situation seem worse than it is.
Create an impression.
Nip something in the bud
Stop something quickly before it develops.
Make a lot of money from something.
Sail close to the wind
Behave in a way that is on the verge of being dangerous/improper.
Slip through the cracks
Something that isn’t noticed.
Spanner in the works
Ruin a plan.
Stab someone in the back
Take the biscuit
The absolute limit.
Wipe the floor with
Defeat someone easily.
Wood for the trees
Getting caught up by small details so you don’t understand the big picture.