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“Calling out” phrasal verbs in Idioms in English for Young Adults, Volumes 1 & 2

Posted by englishlessons on October 24, 2013

At least 25% of the idioms in each volume of Idioms in English for Young Adults are phrasal verbs. We’ve added a + sign next to these phrasal verbs in the chapter level index to highlight them.

Chapter Index for Idioms for Young Adults
and the individual idiom page
Idiom page in Idioms in English for Young Adults

Because phrasal verbs are so common in English, they are included on the TOEFL® test.

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Idiom of the week – Jack up the price

Posted by englishlessons on October 23, 2013

Definition:

raise the price

Examples:

Just before the holidays, they often jack up the price of flowers.

When this toy became popular, they jacked up the price.

Picture it:

Picture someone using a jack to lift or raise a car up to change the tire.

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Idioms of the week – a Sticking point

Posted by englishlessons on October 15, 2013

Definition:

a controversial issue that blocks progress in negotiations

Examples:

Health care coverage is a major sticking point in the negotiations between workers and management.

The couple was always arguing about money. The importance of savings was a sticking point.

Picture it:

Picture a place where people become stuck and cannot move forward easily.

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Idiom of the week – Zoom in on something

Posted by englishlessons on October 7, 2013

Definition:

focus on/ examine more closely

Examples:

We wanted to zoom in on a subset of people, for example, residents in a certain zip code.

He zoomed in on the key information for his department in the report, the cost of the new plan.

Picture it:

Picture a photographer using a zoom lens to get a close-up of something/someone

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