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Idiom of the week -Off the cuff

Posted by englishlessons on February 13, 2017

Definition:

informal, not planned ahead of time 

Examples:

He did not give a formal speech on the topic; he just made some off the cuff remarks.

The politician made some off the cuff comments about raising taxes, which created a big reaction.

 

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Idiom of the week – Cash in (on something)

Posted by englishlessons on January 26, 2017

Definition:

take advantage of a situation

Examples:

The musician cashed in on the popularity of his new song by scheduling a concert tour.

We bought this stock when it was very low, so we can cash in by selling it now when it is very high.

 

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Idiom of the week – Lash out

Posted by englishlessons on January 14, 2017

Definition:

Attack with words

Examples:

When he is upset, he lashes out with rude comments in a text message.

When she is angry, she will lash out and scream at people.

 

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Idiom of the week – Hit someone up for something

Posted by englishlessons on January 5, 2017

Definition:

Ask someone for something

Examples:

My co-worker has money problems; he hit me up for a loan last week.

When their son calls from school, he often hits them up for extra money.

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Idiom of the week – Double back

Posted by englishlessons on December 26, 2016

Definition:

Turn around and go back in the direction you just came from

Examples:

We missed the turn, so we doubled back to look for the sign.

She ran ahead of the group, but doubled back when she saw that the youngest needed help.

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Idiom of the week – Give someone pause

Posted by englishlessons on December 12, 2016

Definition:

cause someone to think carefully or hesitate 

Examples:

The company’s recent financial report gave him pause, and he decided not to invest in their stock.

His history of multiple girlfriends gave her pause, and she decided not to accept his invitation.

 

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Idiom of the week – Level out/off

Posted by englishlessons on December 5, 2016

Definition:

stop going up or down and continue at the same height or amount

Examples:

Food prices were going up every week, but they seem to have leveled off recently.

The plane climbed to cruising altitude and then leveled out. 

 

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Idiom of the week – Frown on/upon something

Posted by englishlessons on November 21, 2016

Definition:

disapprove of something

Examples:

The librarian frowns on loud conversations in the library.

Our supervisor frowns on employees taking long lunches.

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Idiom of the week – Not sit well with someone

Posted by englishlessons on November 11, 2016

Definition:

a change or situation that makes someone unhappy or upset

Examples:

When her husband corrected her in public, it did not sit well with her.

If you change the bonus structure, it won’t sit well with the employees.

 

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Idiom of the week – Mull over something

Posted by englishlessons on October 31, 2016

Definition:

think about something seriously over a period of time

Examples:

I’m not ready to make a decision about this right away; give me some time to mull it over.

Their lawyers are mulling over the latest offer in the negotiations.

 

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