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Archive for August, 2013

Idiom of the week – Work out the kinks

Posted by englishlessons on August 27, 2013

Definition:

straighten/smooth out the problems

Examples:

This is a new procedure, and we may have to make some adjustments before we work out the kinks.

She wasn’t ready to share her new idea. She still needed to work out some kinks.

Picture it:

Picture a rope that is kinked or twisted. You have to straighten it out to use it.

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Idiom of the week – Water down something

Posted by englishlessons on August 20, 2013

Definition:

make something weaker

Examples:

Customers at the nightclub complained that the proprietor watered down the drinks.

They watered down the requirements by lowering the minimum score for acceptance.

Picture it:

Picture adding water to a liquid substance. It will dilute it and make it weaker.

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Idiom of the week – Snap something up

Posted by englishlessons on August 13, 2013

Definition:

buy or get something quickly

Examples:

The sale price was low, so she decided to snap up the bargains.

The concert tickets were snapped up quickly.

Picture it:

Picture snapping your fingers; it takes less than a second. Snapping something up happens very quickly.

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Idiom of the week- Walk a fine line

Posted by englishlessons on August 5, 2013

Definition:

achieve or maintain balance between two different ideas or attitudes

Examples:

The designer managed to walk a fine line between the contemporary yet classic in her spring clothing collection.

The parents walked a fine line between disciplining and nurturing their child.

Picture it:

Picture trying keep your feet on a very fine or thin line as you are walking.

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