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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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Idiom of the week – Go back to the drawing board

Posted by englishlessons on April 4, 2016

Definition:

Return to the planning stage when an idea or plan has not worked out

Examples:

When our prototype failed to live up to expectations, we went back to the drawing board.


After we received lot of negative feedback on our latest version, we decided to go back to the drawing board.

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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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Posted by englishlessons on December 29, 2015

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Idiom of the week – Wind down

Posted by englishlessons on August 11, 2014

Definition:

gradually become slower and less active

Examples:

We have to wind down our production for the new product now that we are changing direction.

The board of directors approved the new plan, so it is time to wind down the development committee.

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Animal Tales with TOEFL® Vocabulary Practice

Posted by englishlessons on March 5, 2014

Rhyme and Reason

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Idiom of the Week – (be) On the fence

Posted by englishlessons on December 9, 2013

Definition:

be undecided about something

Examples:

She hasn’t decided on her major yet. She’s on the fence about it.

He hasn’t decided whether he wants to look for a new job. He’s still on the fence.

Picture it:

Picture someone sitting on a fence and waiting before stepping off on the ground on either side.

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Idiom of the week – Work out the kinks

Posted by englishlessons on August 27, 2013

Definition:

straighten/smooth out the problems

Examples:

This is a new procedure, and we may have to make some adjustments before we work out the kinks.

She wasn’t ready to share her new idea. She still needed to work out some kinks.

Picture it:

Picture a rope that is kinked or twisted. You have to straighten it out to use it.

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Idiom of the week- Walk a fine line

Posted by englishlessons on August 5, 2013

Definition:

achieve or maintain balance between two different ideas or attitudes

Examples:

The designer managed to walk a fine line between the contemporary yet classic in her spring clothing collection.

The parents walked a fine line between disciplining and nurturing their child.

Picture it:

Picture trying keep your feet on a very fine or thin line as you are walking.

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