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Archive for March, 2013

Idiom of the week – Step up

Posted by englishlessons on March 25, 2013

Definition:

increase*

Examples:

After receiving an anonymous threat, the airport stepped up security.

The car manufacturer had to step up production to meet the increased demand.

Picture it:

Picture increasing your speed by stepping faster.

*This phrasal verb also means “come forward.”

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Idiom of the week – Go the extra mile

Posted by englishlessons on March 17, 2013

Definition:

do more than is required to reach a goal

Examples:

I prefer to buy from that company. They always go the extra mile to make sure their customers are satisfied.

She’s a great teacher. She goes the extra mile to meet the needs of her students.

Picture it:

Picture asking a person to walk one mile, and then having that person respond by walking two miles.

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Idiom of the week – Go away empty-handed

Posted by englishlessons on March 4, 2013

Definition:

leave without gaining or getting anything

Examples:

They were unable to break into the safe, so the thieves went away empty-handed.

The store was giving away complimentary gift bags, so no customer went away empty-handed.

Picture it:

Picture leaving a place with nothing in your hands.

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