Today’s Word: charm

November 5, 2017   =========

☆  charm 魅力


Charm is the quality of being pleasant or attractive. Someone who has charm behaves in a friendly, pleasant way that makes people like them. There are a couple of idioms using this word that are good to know:

Turn on the charm – if someone turns on the charm, it means that they behave in a way that seems very friendly, but that you think is insincere. The person often does it to gain something or deceive someone. So, in Australia, second hand car salespeople are often accused of turning on the charm in order to sell their cars.

Worked like a charm – if something worked like a charm, it means that it was very effective or successful. For example, “Our new computer modem was easy to install and works like a charm.” Or, “I spilled red win on my sofa, but the stain remover you recommended worked like a charm! Thank you!”