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Archive for March, 2016

Idiom of the week – Come to a head

Posted by englishlessons on March 28, 2016

Definition:

Reach a crisis point

Examples:

After all this time, things have finally come to a head, and we have to decide on this.


We have heard grumbling for a few weeks, and now this issue is coming to a head.

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Idiom of the week – Rev up

Posted by englishlessons on March 20, 2016

Definition:

Increase the speed or intensity

Examples:

We need to rev up production of that component as the orders have increased.


The governor’s campaign for reelection is revving up as she gains more supporters.

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Idiom of the week – Wear thin

Posted by englishlessons on March 14, 2016

Definition:

Grow tired or boring

Examples:

The children could tell that their teacher’s patience was wearing thin, so they quieted down.


The manager’s enthusiasm wore thin after the software failed repeatedly.

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Idiom of the week – Prop up

Posted by englishlessons on March 5, 2016

Definition:

Support something to keep it from falling

Examples:

The government of that country propped up the price of wheat to protect their farmers.


We hope the loan will prop up the company’s finances until the new product comes out.

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