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Archive for May, 2016

Idiom of the week – Draw a blank

Posted by englishlessons on May 27, 2016

Definition:

be unable to think or remember something

Examples:

When I stepped on the stage, I suddenly drew a blank and couldn’t remember my speech.

When I tried to remember the author’s name, I just drew a blank.

 

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Idiom of the week – Get cold feet

Posted by englishlessons on May 14, 2016

Definition:

suddenly decide to not follow through on something previously planned

Examples:

He got cold feet about that investment and decided to put his money elsewhere. 

She got cold feet about the wedding and cancelled it at the last minute.

 

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Idiom of the week – Hammer home something

Posted by englishlessons on May 6, 2016

Definition:

repeat or emphasize something until people understand it

Examples:

The company had already said they were struggling with profitability, but the data on their recent losses hammered it home.

She did not realize how upset people were until she saw the email; the multiple complaints hammered home the message.

 

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