• Daniel Bullock

Natural English Phrases: The Whole Works + 13 More Sayings


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They are fighting fit and as helathy as heck!

Is it correct to say concerned with, or about something? Both are right. Learn how to use them here. Your friend said they will take themself off. What does it mean? In this tutorial, we are going to find out about 14 natural English expressions - their meanings, synonyms, and how to use them with example sentences.


If you would like to save time and skip the details, you can see the complete table of natural English phrases at the bottom of the article by clicking right here!



Healthy as hell

This term is a very positive expression. It means that we are very, very healthy. Usually, we use it to talk about other people in a complementary fashion. A word of caution here, though. It is a common, but casual English phrase. It should not be used in polite or formal conversations. A slightly more polite version is as healthy as heck. Here are some example sentences:


Oliver is as healthy as hell. He never seems to get sick.

I have to say, Sophia is as healthy as hell. She has not been off school sick for three years.


Healthy as hell synonym:

very healthy, in good condition, or fighting fit. Here are a few examples:


Amelia is in good condition. She hardly ever catches a cold.
Elijah is fighting fit. He ran up three flights of stairs without even breaking a sweat!

Fit as hell

This is another natural English phrase. It is very similar to healthy as hell, but it is referring to fitness rather than health. (it is pretty close in meaning!) Again, this is just a casual expression so practice caution when using it. If you would like to sound a little more polite, you can say fit as heck.


Fit as hell synonym:

In great physical shape. Also, we can say fighting fit.


The whole works

English speakers use this especially when they want to mean they would like everything done. For instance, you are getting your car washed. If you say I’d like the "whole works", we mean we would like every option. For a car wash, that would mean shampoo, rinse, wax, and probably some other things too!

Another example is when you had a trip to the beauty salon. You come back home and your partner says: Wow! You had the "whole works" done!

Your hair was cut and styled, colored, and treated. You came out of the salon with your hair looking excellent!

Here is another example of "the whole works" in a sentence:

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The works: The full treatment

I got the whole works done on my car at the garage this week. It looks as good as new now!





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Take oneself off

More commonly we say take myself off, himself, or herself off. What this means is we leave a place. Usually, we depart to go home. A situation where we might use this would be when we are at work and we are just about finished. We might say to our coworker: "I’m going to take myself off now." Or it could be at a party or a social situation and you want to leave. Then you can say "I should take myself off now." Or a friend could say it to you: "You should take yourself off it’s getting late."

Here are some examples of "take oneself off" in sentences:

Elijah has just taken himself off. You just missed him!

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Freya should take herself off. She has been working 11 hours straight!

Ava didn’t take herself off until 12 o’clock last night. She should stop working so much overtime!




Sit tight sentence in English

Sit tight means to remain still or in the same location. It can also mean simply waiting. It is usually said as an instruction or a question. Here are some examples of "sit tight" in sentences.

A: Should we call Maria, she hasn’t come yet?

B: Don’t worry, sit tight. She’ll be here any time now.

Hey, guys, sit tight and don’t worry. The airplane will be taking off soon.

We should sit tight for a while. I’m sure the taxi will arrive soon.

All over the place idiom meaning

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He was all over the place after his fifth beer!

This means that someone or something is in a disorganized or confused state. We can use it to talk about people who are acting strangely – for example drunk. Also, we can use it to talk about somebody who is extremely emotional right now. Another way it is used is when we describe a messy room or a disorganized office. Now that we know the meaning let’s look at some examples of this idiom in sentences.

A: William! Are you OK? You are all over the place!

B: Sorry, I had a few too many beers!






Benjamin has been all over the place lately. I think splitting up with his girlfriend has really affected him. We should try to cheer him up!

Ivy, would you tidy up your room? There are things all over the place.

Lucas is so untidy. He has left his work things all over the place. When is he going to tidy up?

To cover a lot of ground

This idiom means to discuss, analyze, talk about or investigate a lot of things. Usually, it is in relation to a meeting or a discussion at work. It can also be used to talk about people's problems. For instance, if we want to try to fix our friend's problem and we talk about many aspects of it, then we can say we covered a lot of ground. In terms of work and meetings, it is used at the start or end of a presentation. The presenter might say something like: “we will cover a lot of ground today.”

Cover a lot of ground in a sentence

We covered a lot of ground in today’s meeting. I hope I can remember everything that was said.

A: Did you cover a lot of ground when you talked to Henry?

B: No not really. We need to talk more about his bad behavior next time.

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To cover a lot of gound: to do lots, to go far

Theodore covered so much ground during his presentation. I actually think he went over too many topics. The audience looked a little bit confused!

A month of Sundays

This English idiom Is a figurative expression and it means a very long time. If you picture a month of Sundays that means 30 Sundays in a row. If you do the math, that equals many months! There is no exact duration for this phrase - it simply means a long time.

A month of Sundays idiom sentence

I’ve been going to the same coffee shop for a month of Sundays. It’s about time I changed my regular spot, I think!

A: I’ve been waiting for "a month of Sundays!" Where on earth have you been?

B: Sorry, I got stuck in traffic!

A: Well, you could’ve called me!

To be concerned with or about?

English speakers say concerned with and concerned about. Both of these are fine. There are a few differences in meaning, however. Concerned about is more simple and in its meaning. When we say I am concerned about something, we mean we are worried about it. When we say we are concerned with something, it could mean the same, that we are worried. Also, it can mean that we are involved or interested in a certain topic.

Here are a few example sentences to show you the differences between concerned with and concerned about:

Jack is concerned with his son’s behavior. He has been late for school many times this month.

Mia is concerned about her job. She thinks the company might make her redundant.

The documentary on TV is concerned with the environment.

Live to learn and learn to live

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They are enjoying their lives. They have learnt to live!

This saying comes in two parts, essentially. The first conveys the message that learning is a very important thing, so important that it should be the main focus of our life. - live to learn. The second part tells us that we must find ways to live well. The definition of "live" is not super clear here but we can guess that means we should try to have a good or enjoyable life. It is slightly ambiguous, but it is a saying we use when we want to show life has many lessons that we can learn from. Here is an example sentence using this phrase.

At first I did not enjoy my new career. But then I changed my mindset. I realized it was a great job. It just goes to show, you live to learn and learn to live.

Another connected phrase is “we live and learn”. This is used after some kind of negative experience happens to us, but we can find some lesson in it. For instance, we forgot our umbrella while going to the shops, and got wet. “Oh well, you live and learn. I won’t forget it next time!”

What does bet it up mean?

It means to agree or acknowledge. It’s another way to say OK or all right. This is a very casual, slang word. We would not use it in formal or polite situations but more likely it would be used in conversations between friends. People also say bet that up.

Here is an example of "bet it up" in a sentence:

Bet it up, then. I’ll see you tonight !

This means: Okay, I will see you tonight.

Snap out of it

This natural English phrase is an instruction to tell someone to correct their attitude or behavior. We often use it when we feel irritated and we want someone to stop thinking in a certain way. Common scenarios where we use this include people who are daydreaming or acting in a lazy manner.

Snap out of it example sentence

I will try to snap out of my melancholy mood.

Stay put

This expression means to remain in one position and not leave. It is used as an instruction to another person.

Stay put in a sentence

Everybody stay put! We have to do some more work before we can leave!

A: Jack: Elsie, why are you still in the classroom?

B: Elsie: Oh, the teacher told me to stay put. She has gone and called my mom to come and pick me up.

Lazybones

This natural English expression is an idiom used to describe a very lazy person. We can say someone is a lazybones or people are lazybones. It is usually used in a comical manner or to criticize someone for being too lazy.

Lazybones example sentence

A: Are you a lazybones or have you just been having a day off?

B: It’s my day off. Give me a break, please!

Over 14 natural English phrases in a table

Here are all of the sayings we have covered in today's tutorial, from healthy as hell to lazybones, they are all here:


Healthy as hell

Fit as hell

The whole works

Take oneself off

Sit tight

All over the place

To cover a lot of ground

A month of Sundays

To be concerned with

To be concerned about

Live to learn and learn to live

Bet it up

Snap out of it

Stay put

Lazy bones

Healthy as heck + Fit as heck