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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 – 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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Claw back

Posted by englishlessons on June 26, 2017

Definition:

get something back by aggressive means

Examples:


That company lowered the price for its product, but it plans to claw back some revenue by adding extra charges.


The amusement park reduced their summer entrance fees for adults, but clawed back lost profits by raising the price for children under five.
 

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Idiom of the week – Jump ship

Posted by englishlessons on June 15, 2017

Definition:

desert or defect


Examples:


When that company announced their financial loses, many high level employees jumped ship and went to work for competitors.


I hope our best employees don’t jump ship when they hear about the reduced bonuses this year.

 

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Idiom of the week – Tapped out

Posted by englishlessons on June 5, 2017

Definition:

out of money

Examples:

He cannot continue to invest in this business; he’s tapped out.

We have to find some new funding resources before ours are tapped out.

 

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Idiom of the week – a Tipping point

Posted by englishlessons on May 12, 2017

Definition:

the critical point in a situation or process beyond which an unstoppable change happens

Examples:

Scientists say we are at an environmental tipping point where inaction will have dire consequences for the planet.

We have reached a tipping point in terms of infrastructure where growth may overwhelm this town if it is not carefully managed.

 

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Idiom of the week – Dole something out

Posted by englishlessons on May 1, 2017

Definition:

distribute something in small amounts

Examples:

That company is careful about spending money; they only dole it out in special circumstances.

There was not a lot of food, so their mother doled out the portions carefully.

 

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Idiom of the week – Duke it out

Posted by englishlessons on April 19, 2017

Definition:

fight

Examples:

I’ve been watching as those two companies duke it out over market share.
We observed these two politicians duke it out by saying negative things about each other just before the election.

 

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