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Idiom of the week- Fired up

Posted by englishlessons on August 30, 2012

Definition:

excited; enthusiastic

Examples:

Before the big basketball game, the coach gave the team an inspiring talk to get them fired up.

She’s fired up about her new job. She’s really looking forward to working in a big city for a great company.

Picture it:

Think of a blazing fire, full of energy.
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Idiom of the week- Add fuel to the fire

Posted by englishlessons on August 23, 2012

Definition:

say or do something that makes a situation worse

Examples:

She was upset when her boyfriend broke up with her. Then, she found out he had started dating her best friend, adding fuel to the fire.

The meeting was already tense as we were talking about the layoffs. When the president referred to her vacation plans, it just added fuel to the fire.

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Idiom of the week – Putting out fires

Posted by englishlessons on August 17, 2012

Definition:

be so busy dealing with immediate problems that you don’t do anything to prevent the same problem from happening again

Examples:

He never stops to analyze the root cause of the problem. He spends all his time putting out fires.

An efficient manager does not spend all her time putting out fires.

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Idiom of the week – Roll out the red carpet (for someone)

Posted by englishlessons on August 8, 2012

Definition:

give special treatment to an important person

Examples:

Our most important customers will be visiting, so we need to roll out the red carpet for them.

They rolled out the red carpet for the visiting dignitary.

Picture it:

Think of rolling out a red carpet for a visitor, so that he or she is treated like an honored guest.

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Idiom of the week – Turn a corner

Posted by englishlessons on August 1, 2012

Definition:

show improvement after going through a difficult period

Examples:

When her fever dropped, the patient turned a corner and began to recover.

I believe the economy has turned a corner as we are seeing signs of growth now.

Picture it:

Think of walking or driving down a road and then turning a corner. The surroundings can change dramatically when you turn a corner.

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