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Archive for November, 2014

Idiom of the week – Sign off

Posted by englishlessons on November 24, 2014

Definition:

approve/authorize

Examples:

He signed off on the plans, so we are ready to get started on the building.

We have to wait for the final approval; they should sign off next week.

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Idiom of the week – Pave the way (for something)

Posted by englishlessons on November 17, 2014

Definition:

make it possible or easier for someone or something to follow

Examples:

The invention of the microscope paved the way for many scientific breakthroughs.

Philae, the first European spacecraft to land on a comet, has paved the way for countless future discoveries.

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Idiom of the week – Face the music

Posted by englishlessons on November 10, 2014

Definition:

accept the negative consequences of one’s action

Examples:

Everyone heard the loud crash when he broke the vase, so the little boy decided to tell the truth right away and face the music.

He delayed telling her the truth as he was reluctant to face the music.

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Idiom of the week – On one’s dime

Posted by englishlessons on November 3, 2014

Definition:

at one’s own expense

Examples:

I’d like you to join me on a vacation. Don’t worry about the cost as the trip is on my dime.

His father is wealthy, so his son’s tuition to the private university is all on his dime.

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