Unit 5 Expressing emotions
Sue: What’s so funny?
Linda: I just saw Jo. I knew there was something wrong. She always wears her heart on her
sleeve. I asked if there was something she wanted to get off her chest. She burst into
Sue: What was it?
Linda: She broke a nail. It was hard to keep a straight face.
Sue: What did you say?
Linda: I said, “Get a grip. It’s a fingernail.” She saw the funny side, and we were in gales of
Sue: She’s been working too hard. She probably just needed to let off a little steam.
Linda: Yeah, I think you’re right. She was all smiles by the time she left.
Light up: to suddenly look happy
Be all smiles: to smile a lot
Gales of laughter: loud, happy sounds that a group of people make when they are amused
Laughing and crying
Burst into tears
Dissolve into tears / laughter: to start to cry or laugh helplessly
Communicating your feelings:
Blow off steam, / let off steam: to do or say something to help you get rid of strong emotions
Bare your soul: to tell someone your secret thoughts and feelings Get something off your chest: to tell someone about something that has been worrying you Wear your heart on your sleeve: to show your feelings, especially your love for someone
Controlling your emotions:
Lower your guard, / drop your guard: to stop being careful about sharing your emotions Lose your head: to lose control of your emotions:
Lose your temper: to become very angry
Go ballistic: to become extremely upset
Throw a tantrum: to become very angry and unreasonable
Get a grip (on yourself): to get control over your emotions
Keep a straight face: to try not to smile or laugh
Write a short, short story about someone expressing strong emotions. Use idioms from the unit.
The story can be real or imagined.