15 Advanced English Phrases for Expressing Emotions Better

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Bored of the words “happy” and “sad?” Here are 15 advanced English phrases for expressing emotions and adding color to conversations. So, without further ado, let’s learn some useful phrases for effective expression of your emotions.

  • To be on Cloud 9

Meaning: to be in a state of great happiness because of an accomplishment or an event.

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Sentence Usage: “I was on cloud 9 for days after I received the news that I got the job.”

  • Drives me up the wall

Meaning: annoyed

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Sentence Usage: “It drives me up the wall when people answer their cell phones in during classes.”

  • Floored

Meaning: surprised/ overwhelmed (usually in a good way)

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Sentence Usage: “I was floored by all the help we received after our son was in a serious accident.”

  • To be bitter

Meaning: to have a really angry and resentful feeling.

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Sentence Usage: “Rachel is still bitter about losing her job. She won’t even drive by her old office anymore.”

  • To have butterflies in your stomach

Meaning: to have a nervous feeling

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Sentence Usage: “The mere thought of my job interview at 9:00 AM is giving me butterflies in stomach.”

  • Hit the ceiling

Meaning: to get very angry and upset

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Sentence Usage: “My boss hit the ceiling when I told him I had misplaced the documents.”

  • Pumped

Meaning: very excited for something (usually something in the future that you are really looking forward to).

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Sentence Usage: “I’m pumped about the concert this weekend – it’s going to be awesome!”

  • To be fuming

Meaning: to be extremely angry.

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Sentence Usage: “The coach is still fuming about the loss to a team that wasn’t that good.”

  • To feel out of it

Meaning: to feel confused and tired.

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Sentence Usage: “Sometimes I feel a little out of it when I wake up from a nap.”

  • Kicking myself for

Meaning: expressing regret (you wish you had acted differently)

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Sentence Usage: “I’m kicking myself for not booking the flight yesterday – the price just went up $200.”

  • To be out of your mind

Meaning: to be so upset about something that you can’t concentrate on anything else.

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Sentence Usage: “Larry is a little more than upset today. He is out of his mind. His ex wife called wanting more money.”

  • On Pins And Needles

Meaning: anxious and in suspense (usually waiting to know some important information)

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Sentence Usage: “We were on pins and needles waiting to hear if we won the contest.”

  • To be all smiles

Meaning: to have an overall happy feeling.

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Sentence Usage: “My boss was all smiles when he saw what a good job we had done.”

  • To be down in the dumps

Meaning: to be in a depressed state.

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Sentence Usage: “My niece has been down in the dumps ever since his boyfriend left her last week.”

  • Flying high

Meaning: to be in a state of great excitement.

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Sentence Usage: “The whole office was flying high when the news of getting a bonus this year was circulated.”

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