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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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Idiom of the week – Take someone up on something

Posted by englishlessons on June 4, 2016

Definition:

Accept an offer or invitation that someone has made

Examples:

After thinking it over, he decided to take his friend up on the job offer.

She took her friend up on his offer to teach her to code.

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Idiom of the week – Draw a blank

Posted by englishlessons on May 27, 2016

Definition:

be unable to think or remember something

Examples:

When I stepped on the stage, I suddenly drew a blank and couldn’t remember my speech.

When I tried to remember the author’s name, I just drew a blank.

 

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Idiom of the week – Get cold feet

Posted by englishlessons on May 14, 2016

Definition:

suddenly decide to not follow through on something previously planned

Examples:

He got cold feet about that investment and decided to put his money elsewhere. 

She got cold feet about the wedding and cancelled it at the last minute.

 

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