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Archive for February, 2016

Idioms of the week – Siphon off

Posted by englishlessons on February 19, 2016

Definition:

Take something away from someone/something

Examples:

The auditors discovered that the money had been secretly siphoned off into other accounts.


The bookkeeper siphoned off millions of dollars over the years into her personal account.

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Idiom of the week – Weigh down

Posted by englishlessons on February 9, 2016

Definition:

Be oppressive or burdensome

Examples:

The economy was weighed down by slower growth.


The young girl was weighed down with the responsibility of caring for her six siblings.

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Idiom of the week – Hold off

Posted by englishlessons on February 1, 2016

Definition:

Delay doing something

Examples:

We decided to hold off on investing in that company until we have more information.


The young girl held off making a final decision as she wanted to discuss it with her parents over the weekend.

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