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Archive for January, 2012

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Posted by englishlessons on January 27, 2012

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Idiom of the week – Go toe-to-toe

Posted by englishlessons on January 25, 2012

Definition:

go/stand fight or argue (with someone)

Examples:

The politician went toe-to-toe with his opponent in the debate.
Those two companies are going toe-to-toe in the market for tablet computers.

Picture it:

Think of two opponents standing close together, facing each other, toe-to-toe in a confrontation.

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Idiom of the week – Spin one’s wheels

Posted by englishlessons on January 18, 2012

Definition:

expend one’s effort with no result

Examples:

I feel like I’m just spinning my wheels here. I need to make some changes so I can move forward.
We don’t want to waste time spinning our wheels. Let’s make a decision and move on.

Picture it:

Think of a car with its wheels stuck in mud, sand, or snow. The engine is running, but the car is not moving; its wheels are just spinning.

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Idiom of the week – a dead heat

Posted by englishlessons on January 11, 2012

Definition:

A contest that is so close that it is impossible to predict the winner; a race in which two or more contestants finish at the same time.

Examples:

Recent polls showed the two politicians are in a dead heat going into the election.
The two runners finished the race in a dead heat. As a result, they will both go to the finals.

Picture it:

The term “heat” refers to a single race. A “dead heat” is a common expression used in horse racing to describe a “tie.”

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Idiom of the week – Cut to the chase

Posted by englishlessons on January 4, 2012

Definition:

immediately begin to do or discuss the most important part of something

Examples:

I don’t have much time, so please cut to the chase and tell me what you want.
Given today’s busy schedule, we’ll just cut to the chase and focus on 3 important issues.

Picture it:
Some film audiences are bored by the romantic scenes; they want to go directly to the action scenes that often have a chase.


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