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Idiom of the week – Fork over

Posted by englishlessons on September 26, 2016

Definition:

pay

Examples:

They demanded that he fork over the cash immediately.

She complained when she was asked to fork over an additional 20% for the rent due to an increase.

 

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Idiom of the week – Sit tight

Posted by englishlessons on September 9, 2016

Definition:

hold off on any action or movement for a period of time

Examples:

We decided to sit tight and not make any changes in our investments right now.

They were advised to sit tight and see what happened to interest rates in the next three months.

 

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Idiom of the week – Inch up

Posted by englishlessons on September 2, 2016

Definition:

rise incrementally

Examples:

Prices have inched up over the last year according to this graph. 

Sales of our closest competitor have inched up in the last six months.

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Idiom of the week – Follow suit

Posted by englishlessons on August 22, 2016

Definition:

behave as someone else has behaved

Examples:

The English instructor started having quizzes every Friday, and the math instructor followed suit.

That company offered a discount, and other companies followed suit and offered discounts of their own.

 

 

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Idiom of the week – Gain ground/Lose ground

Posted by englishlessons on August 15, 2016

Definition:

become more or less successful

Examples:

That company has gained ground in the marketplace with their new product releases.

We did not invest in research and development, so we are losing ground to our competitors.

 

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Idiom of the week – Stand pat

Posted by englishlessons on July 24, 2016

Definition:

hold to one’s position or opinion

Examples:

Despite efforts to persuade her to change her mind, she stood pat on her decision.

His friends tried to to convince him to lower his price, but he is standing pat.

 

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Idiom of the week -On the mend

Posted by englishlessons on July 11, 2016

Definition:

improving 

Examples:

He’s had a serious illness, but he is on the mend.

The discussions between the countries went well; I think their relationship is on the mend.

 

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Idiom of the week – Gang up on someone

Posted by englishlessons on June 29, 2016

Definition:

Join a group to criticize or persuade someone

Examples:

His friends ganged up on him and persuaded him to go along with idea.

Politicians from the opposing party ganged up on the speaker and shouted him down.

 

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Idiom of the week – Be put out

Posted by englishlessons on June 23, 2016

Definition:

be annoyed or irritated

Examples:

She was put out that he arrived late for their date.

Her friend was put out when she did not show up at her party.

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Idiom of the week – A head start

Posted by englishlessons on June 13, 2016

Definition:

the advantage gained in an activity by starting before others

Examples:

They let the youngest children begin the race a few minutes ahead of the older ones to give them a head start.

Interning at the company over the summer while he was still at the university, gave him a head start over the other new hires.

 

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