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Archive for October, 2016

Idiom of the week – Mull over something

Posted by englishlessons on October 31, 2016

Definition:

think about something seriously over a period of time

Examples:

I’m not ready to make a decision about this right away; give me some time to mull it over.

Their lawyers are mulling over the latest offer in the negotiations.

 

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Idiom of the week – Hunker down

Posted by englishlessons on October 24, 2016

Definition:

Not do things that may be risky

Examples:

That company didn’t spend a lot of money last quarter; they hunkered down and saved their cash.

We decided not to buy a bigger house; we are hunkering down until the economy improves.

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Idiom of the week – Make headway

Posted by englishlessons on October 17, 2016

Definition:

make progress toward achieving something despite difficulties

Examples:

We made headway in the most recent negotiations, so we may be able to have a final agreement soon.  

If we make significant headway in our building project this summer, we should be able to finish by fall.

 

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Idiom of the week – Pare down something

Posted by englishlessons on October 11, 2016

Definition:

gradually reduce something

Examples:

We decided to pare down our investments in energy stocks.

Her parents asked her to look over the list of universities she wants to visit next fall and pare it down to 3 schools.

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Idiom of the week – Play up/Play down

Posted by englishlessons on October 4, 2016

Definition:

Emphasize/De-emphasize

Examples:

In her description of the property, the real estate agent played up the excellent schools in the area, but played down the house’s location on a busy street.

 

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