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Idiom of the week – Ride roughshod over someone

Posted by englishlessons on September 29, 2014

Definition:

treat someone inconsiderately or harshly

Examples:

Authorities disregarded the law and ran roughshod over the small group of protesters.

The new manager ran roughshod over the people in his department and ignored their concerns and complaints.

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Idiom of the week – Take a back seat

Posted by englishlessons on September 22, 2014

Definition:

occupy an inferior position

Examples:

With the arrival of our new baby, socializing with friends has taken a back seat to late night feedings.

I’m so busy with this new project that my other work has taken a back seat.

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Idiom of the week – Flesh out

Posted by englishlessons on September 15, 2014

Definition:

expand; give substance to an idea or plan

Examples:

We have a broad outline of the the idea, but we need to add details to flesh it out.

She provided the broad strokes while her partner fleshed out their proposal.

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Idiom of the week – Back down

Posted by englishlessons on September 8, 2014

Definition:

accept defeat or admit that you are wrong

Examples:

Despite the fact that he was wrong, he refused to back down.

At first, we argued in favor of the new building, but we backed down when we saw what it would cost.

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Idiom of the week – Throw someone under the bus

Posted by englishlessons on September 1, 2014

Definition:

sacrifice someone for selfish reasons

Examples:

I thought he was my friend, but he threw me under the bus and blamed me for the mistake.

I was shocked and surprised when my colleague threw me under the bus instead of supporting me.

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