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Idiom of the week – Take the helm

Posted by englishlessons on November 24, 2017

Definition:

Take control of something
Examples:


That company hired a new CEO; he took the helm last month.

The candidate took the helm of that federal agency just last week.

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Idiom of the week – Let someone off the hook

Posted by englishlessons on October 24, 2017

Definition:

Let someone out of a difficult situation or let someone avoid doing something unpleasant

Examples:


I asked him to make a presentation, but he was so nervous about it that I let him off the hook and chose someone else to present.

I am relieved that my manager let me off the hook and gave the new project to someone else.

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Join us at CATEOL Santa Clara

Posted by englishlessons on October 16, 2017

Join us at CATESOL in Santa Clara for a presentation by the author on “Read Aloud eBooks with Adaptive Assessment” on Saturday, 10/21/17 at 9:45 AM in Room H2 Bayshore West (Booth 114)

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Idiom of the week – Blow through something

Posted by englishlessons on September 20, 2017

Definition:

Use up/consume

Examples:


That start-up blew through the first round of funding in less than a year.

He blew through his inheritance so quickly that it surprised everyone.

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2017 Academics’ Choice Smart Book award for Mind-Building Excellence

Posted by englishlessons on August 25, 2017

The Read Aloud eBooks series with Adaptive Assessment earns 2017 Academics’ Choice Smart Book award for Mind-Building Excellence

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Idiom of the week – Blow over

Posted by englishlessons on August 17, 2017

Definition:

Become unimportant after some time

Examples:


Don’t worry; the controversy about this will blow over soon.

As she predicted, the press frenzy blew over in a few weeks as reporters went on to other issues.

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Idiom of the week – Get a handle on something

Posted by englishlessons on August 8, 2017

Definition:

Get control or understanding of something

Examples:


I feel more comfortable after doing some research as I am getting a handle on some of the issues.

This is a new area for him, and he doesn’t have a handle on it yet.

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Idiom of the week – Be on the same wavelength

Posted by englishlessons on August 1, 2017

Definition:

Think in the same way about something as another person

Examples:


My co-worker and I came up with similar solutions to the problem; we are on the same wavelength.

My husband and I almost always agree on how to handle our children; we are usually on the same wavelength.


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Idiom of the week – Free Rein

Posted by englishlessons on July 25, 2017

Definition:

freedom to say or do things the way you want to

Examples:


My manager gives us free rein to set our work schedules as long as deadlines are met.

Over the summer, we had free rein to explore the island near my grandparent’s house.


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Pull one’s weight

Posted by englishlessons on July 18, 2017

Definition:

do one’s fair share of work

Examples:


That new employee needs to pull his weight pretty soon, or we may have to let him go.


Pulling one’s weight is important when one works in a small team with tight deadlines.


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