ACET Idiom of the Week!


ACET

This week’s idiom isYou could cut the air with a knife!

Chess (1)Look at this picture of a chess championship and imagine the atmosphere there. Are the people relaxed and are they laughing and chatting? No, they aren’t.  They are tense and nervous and the air is thick with the tension and stress.

To describe this type of atmosphere we use the idiom ‘you could cut the air with a knife’.

Other examples

The smoke was so thick you could cut it with a knife

When I walked in they all stopped talking and you could cut the air with a knife.

We might also use it to describe a situation in which we feel angry or nervous and we feel that something unpleasant is going to happen. For example: When I made a complaint at the meeting, the other people did not like it and you could cut…

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