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Archive for November, 2012

Idiom of the week – Bridge the gap

Posted by englishlessons on November 26, 2012

Definition:

forge a connection between two people, groups, or devices that have little in common with one another

Examples:

It is the mediator’s job to help bridge the gap between the union and management in the negotiations.

That tech company offers a product to help consumers bridge the gap between incompatible devices.

Picture it:

Think of a bridge that is built across a river, which allows people to travel easily from one side to the other.

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Idiom of the week – Turn the tables on someone

Posted by englishlessons on November 19, 2012

Definition:

reverse one’s position in relation to someone else, especially by turning a position of disadvantage into one of advantage

Examples:

The man being interviewed by the reporter turned the tables on her and started asking the reporter questions.

Susan’s boyfriend complained that Susan didn’t listen to him, but then Susan turned the tables on her boyfriend and complained that he never listened to her.

Picture it:

Think of turning the table around in a board game so that you have an advantage over your opponent based on your new position.

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Idiom of the week – Under the table

Posted by englishlessons on November 12, 2012

Definition:

secretly and illegally

Examples:

That company paid their employees under the table, so they did not have to pay taxes.

He gave him a bribe under the table.

Picture it:

Picture someone handing another person money under the table so the other people at the table can’t see the exchange.

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Idiom of the week – Chalk up/ Chalk up something to something else

Posted by englishlessons on November 4, 2012

Definition:

score;earn/attribute a result to a cause

Examples:

That baseball team chalked up a series of wins.

You can chalk up that mistake to inexperience. You’ll do better next time.

Picture it:

Picture an old-fashioned chalk board where someone is keeping score by writing down the points in chalk.

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