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Idiom of the week – Bail someone out

Posted by englishlessons on June 29, 2015

to help someone/some entity out of bad situation

Examples:

I was having financial trouble last year, but my uncle bailed me out, so I am paying him back now.

The government bailed out some companies during the financial downturn.

Note: This idiom can also mean to escape from a bad situation.

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Idiom of the week – Waiting in the wings

Posted by englishlessons on June 23, 2015

Definition:
ready to step in and take over or take action

Examples:

That company is the market leader now, but their competitors are waiting in the wings for an opportunity to replace them.

The CEO fired the vice-president quickly; her successor must have been waiting in the wings.

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Idiom of the week – Workaround

Posted by englishlessons on June 8, 2015

Definition:
a temporary fix to a problem

Examples:

We created a workaround for this issue, but we will have to go back later and take the time to create a long-term solution.

We don’t have time to analyze the issues, so we came up with a workaround for now.

(Note: the stress is on the first syllable of this compound word.)

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Idiom of the week – On thin ice

Posted by englishlessons on June 1, 2015

Definition:
in a dangerous or risky situation

Examples:

I think we are on thin ice with this plan; we need to devise a better one.

The defense is on thin ice as their argument is weak.

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