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Archive for May, 2012

Idiom of the week- Fall into place

Posted by englishlessons on May 29, 2012

Definition:

become organized

Examples:

All our planning and hard work was rewarded when everything fell into place for the event.

After we solved the design problems, the other details started falling into place.

Picture it:

When you are fitting pieces of a wooden puzzle together, sometimes, they go together easily or fall into place.

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Idiom of the week – Take the reins

Posted by englishlessons on May 24, 2012

Definition:

assume charge or control

Examples:

After the politician left office in disgrace, her successor took the reins.

I don’t know if his son is ready to take the reins from his father and manage the business.

Picture it:

When you take the reins to ride a horse, you can control the horse.

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Idiom of the week – Win someone over

Posted by englishlessons on May 17, 2012

Definition:

get the support or favor of someone

Examples:

I was reluctant at first, but her enthusiasm won me over.

His careful arguments won them over.

Picture it:

Picture a field divided into two parts. In this game, children try to win participants over to their side, so that the winning team has the most people.

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Idiom of the week- Tip one’s hand

Posted by englishlessons on May 10, 2012

Definition:

reveal one’s intentions or secrets

Examples:

She didn’t want to tip her hand during the negotiations as it would give the other side an advantage.

Don’t say too much in the first meeting. You might tip your hand.

Picture it:

This idiom comes from card playing. If you tip your hand in a card game, the other players can see your cards, which gives them an advantage in the game.

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Idiom of the week – Break even

Posted by englishlessons on May 4, 2012

Definition:

reach a point in a business venture when the profits are equal to the costs

Examples:

I hope we will at least break even on this investment. I can’t afford to lose any more money.

In the their first year of business, they broke even, but in the second year, they made a good profit.

Grammar/syntax:

This idiom can also be used as an adjective. “He reached the break-even point.”

Picture it:

Think of breaking something into equal parts, so that in this case, the costs = the profit.

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