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Idiom of the week – Pull the trigger (on something)

Posted by englishlessons on March 27, 2017

Definition:

initiate something

Examples:

We decided to pull the trigger on our remodeling project, and we hired a a contractor this week.
Our manager has been talking for months about hiring more engineers; I hope she pulls the trigger soon.

 

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Idiom of the week – Iron something out

Posted by englishlessons on March 20, 2017

Definition:

solve a small problem/problems

Examples:

Before we sign the contract, we just need to iron out a few more details.

The two friends had been arguing, but since they met to iron things out, they have been getting along well.

 

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Idiom of the week -Get something off the ground

Posted by englishlessons on March 1, 2017

Definition:

Start being successful

Examples:

Employees of the start-up worked hard to get their project off the ground.

Our plans are still in the early stages; we hope to get this new venture off the ground by the end of next year.

 

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Idiom of the week -Off the cuff

Posted by englishlessons on February 13, 2017

Definition:

informal, not planned ahead of time 

Examples:

He did not give a formal speech on the topic; he just made some off the cuff remarks.

The politician made some off the cuff comments about raising taxes, which created a big reaction.

 

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Idiom of the week – Lash out

Posted by englishlessons on January 14, 2017

Definition:

Attack with words

Examples:

When he is upset, he lashes out with rude comments in a text message.

When she is angry, she will lash out and scream at people.

 

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Idiom of the week – Double back

Posted by englishlessons on December 26, 2016

Definition:

Turn around and go back in the direction you just came from

Examples:

We missed the turn, so we doubled back to look for the sign.

She ran ahead of the group, but doubled back when she saw that the youngest needed help.

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Idiom of the week – Give someone pause

Posted by englishlessons on December 12, 2016

Definition:

cause someone to think carefully or hesitate 

Examples:

The company’s recent financial report gave him pause, and he decided not to invest in their stock.

His history of multiple girlfriends gave her pause, and she decided not to accept his invitation.

 

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Idiom of the week – Not sit well with someone

Posted by englishlessons on November 11, 2016

Definition:

a change or situation that makes someone unhappy or upset

Examples:

When her husband corrected her in public, it did not sit well with her.

If you change the bonus structure, it won’t sit well with the employees.

 

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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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