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Archive for December, 2013

Idiom of the Week – (be) On the fence

Posted by englishlessons on December 9, 2013

Definition:

be undecided about something

Examples:

She hasn’t decided on her major yet. She’s on the fence about it.

He hasn’t decided whether he wants to look for a new job. He’s still on the fence.

Picture it:

Picture someone sitting on a fence and waiting before stepping off on the ground on either side.

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Idiom of the week – Move the needle in/on something

Posted by englishlessons on December 2, 2013

Definition:

make a noticeable difference in something

Examples:

They canceled the marketing campaign when it failed to move the needle in sales.

The philanthropists wanted to develop a program that would move the needle on the problem of malaria in developing countries.

Picture it:

Picture an action or event that affects the movement of the needle on a measurement instrument. For example, an earthquake causes the needle on a seismograph to move dramatically.

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