Sizing Up Your English

There are lots of idioms related to the word “size” in English. Size means, of course, how big or small something is.

In this video, I explain the different ways of using the following four popular idioms:

  • To size (someone/something) up
  • To try (something) on for size
  • To pick on someone your own size
  • To come in all shapes and sizes

Learn more about how you can “size someone up” in our Daily English lesson 898 – People of Different Ages.

For more vocabulary related to shapes and sizes, see our Daily English 766 – Describing Shapes and Sizes.

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