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Archive for May, 2013

Idiom of the week – Ring hollow

Posted by englishlessons on May 28, 2013

Definition:

seem not true or wrong

Examples:

Their promises about staying with the project until it was finished ring hollow now that they’ve abandoned it.

His promises to her rang hollow when she discovered that he’d been seeing another woman.

Picture it:

If something is hollow, it is empty inside, so picture discovering that a promise or commitment is an empty one.

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Idiom of the week- a White knight

Posted by englishlessons on May 20, 2013

Definition:

a person or firm that gives money to a company in order to prevent it from being bought by another company, especially one that saves a firm from being taken over by an unacceptable purchaser

Examples:

At the last minute, a hostile takeover was averted. A white knight came to the rescue.

We are hopeful that we can avoid being purchased by our competitor. We need a white knight.

Picture it:

In fairy tales, the white knight is the good knight who rescues people from danger.

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Idiom of the week – Scratch the surface

Posted by englishlessons on May 13, 2013

Definition:

investigate or treat something superficially

Examples:

This is a complex issue and we’ve just scratched the surface. We will need to spend more time studying it.

The investigation has just begun. We’ve only started to scratch the surface.

Picture it:

Picture making a light scratch on a hard surface. It’s a superficial mark.

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Idiom of the week – a Snap judgment

Posted by englishlessons on May 6, 2013

Definition:

a hurried decision

Examples:

He’s an impetuous person; he frequently makes snap judgments and then regrets them later.

Don’t make a snap judgment; think it over carefully before you decide.

Picture it:

Picture snapping your fingers; it takes less than a second. A snap judgment is a decision made too quickly.

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