Like Moths to a Flame / Like a Bat Out of Hell!

When something attracts us, we say we are drawn to it like a moth to a flame.  We can’t resist it—even though it may kill us!  We make a beeline towards it.  It calls to us.

Like a moth to a flame Idiom ESL

It tempts us.  We are obsessed with it.  We are addicted to whatever it is.

Look at this vocabulary as it is used in the following paragraph:  

Chocolate shopWhenever I see a chocolate shop, I am drawn to it, like a moth to a flame.  Even if I am dieting, I can’t say no.  I can’t resist the truffles, the dark-chocolate-covered orange peels.  I am a choco-holic—utterly addicted.  I especially can’t resist dark chocolate.  Whenever I travel to a new city, I always seek out chocolate shops to compare the quality of their chocolates to my favorites back home.  

We use a different set of vocabulary for things we dislike:

We avoid whatever we dislike, trying to escape it like bats out of hell.  We avert from it or give it a wide berth.  Instead of tempting us, it turns us off or grosses us out.  If it’s a task or an assignment that we dislike, we put it off until the last minute.  We procrastinate.

Bats out of Hell Idiom ESL

Again, let’s look at an example of this vocabulary used in a paragraph: 

Cleaning a dirty bathroom  I dislike cleaning the bathroom.  It grosses me out, so I always put it off until the last possible moment—like right before guests come over.  All week, I avoid this chore.  I’ll do anything but that—I’ll even vacuum, dust, or do laundry.  Finally, the bathroom gets so bad that I can’t avert from it any longer.  I bite the bullet, put on gloves, and dig in.  However, as soon as I finish, you can be sure that I’m out of there like a bat out of hell


What about you?  What are some activities that you’re in to and seek out?  What are some activities that turn you off and that you avoid?