eager beaver: a person who keeps busy and likes to work; a good volunteer.
All the people who stayed to clean up after the picnic were such eager beavers, they finished everything in 15 minutes.
early bird: a person who arrives early, usually for some benefit.
When it comes to waking up on the weekend, I’m a real early bird. I get up at 5:00 in the morning.
easy: to say "yes" to something; to agree without objection.
When it comes to grading students, she’s really easy.
eat it or eat the loss: to take a loss; to accept some failure.
Our company will have to eat some big losses this year when we sell some of our assets.
ego trip: a person who has a very high opinion of himself or herself; to think highly of one’s abilities.
Since she won the skating competition, she’s been on a huge ego trip.
eighteen wheeler: a big truck with 18 wheels.
There’s an eighteen wheeler sitting on the side of the road with its lights on and engine running.
elbow grease: hard work; effort from using muscles.
You’ve got to put a little elbow grease into cleaning those pots and pans. They’re still dirty.
elbow room: space; enough room to feel comfortable.
Please! You’re sitting too close ! I need a little elbow room here in order to write.
empty nester: a person whose children have grown and left the hose.
A lot of empty nesters in the U.S. are now buying condominiums in lively downtown areas.
Enough! I’m tired of hearing you kids argue. Enough is enough.
even-steven: to break even; not to lose money.
Because you paid for parking, I’ll pay for the tickets and then we’ll be even-steven.
eye-opener: a strong alcoholic drink; a dramatic experience; an important event or learning experience.
Seeing so many people lose their jobs at work has been a real eye-opener.