Take a Load Off With These Native Idioms

Today you’ll learn 6 idioms for talking about feeling nervous and relieved.

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James had a presentation this week on the Space Race, and he knocked it out of the park!

Before it though, he felt quite nervous, and he was extremely relieved to have it over with.

Idioms for Feeling Nervous and Relieved

Feeling Nervous

The weight of the world is on my shoulders

Shaking in my boots

Have butterflies in my stomach

Feeling Relieved

Big weight off my shoulders

Can finally kick back and relax

Take a load off

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Pop Culture R&R

Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, which ran from 2014 to 2016, has an episode that inspired today’s idioms. In season 2, episode 19, there’s a physical effect on one character, as he gets heavier with other people’s problems, while they get lighter.

Hitch came out in 2005, and just might be the only romantic comedy, or rom-com, that I’ll recommend to you guys. It stars Will Smith as Hitch, a cool ‘dating coach’, who falls in love with Sara, played by the stunning Eva Mendes. He gets so nervous around her that he messes up everything, and it’s hilarious.

Here’s the trailer: