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Idiom of the week – Buy up

Posted by englishlessons on March 6, 2017

Definition:

quickly buy as much as possible of something

Examples:

When he saw his son’s picture in the local newspaper, he bought up all the copies he could find to share with his friends and family.                                                     

People bought up all the available flashlights at the store just before the big storm.

 

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Idiom of the week – Gloss over something

Posted by englishlessons on February 20, 2017

Definition:

purposefully avoid talking about the details of something

Examples:

The politician glossed over his early mistakes and emphasized his successes in his campaign speeches.

The company report glosses over their recent drop in sales and spends more time discussing their plans for new products.

 

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Idiom of the week – Cash in (on something)

Posted by englishlessons on January 26, 2017

Definition:

take advantage of a situation

Examples:

The musician cashed in on the popularity of his new song by scheduling a concert tour.

We bought this stock when it was very low, so we can cash in by selling it now when it is very high.

 

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Idiom of the week – Level out/off

Posted by englishlessons on December 5, 2016

Definition:

stop going up or down and continue at the same height or amount

Examples:

Food prices were going up every week, but they seem to have leveled off recently.

The plane climbed to cruising altitude and then leveled out. 

 

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Idiom of the week – Frown on/upon something

Posted by englishlessons on November 21, 2016

Definition:

disapprove of something

Examples:

The librarian frowns on loud conversations in the library.

Our supervisor frowns on employees taking long lunches.

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Idiom of the week – Fork over

Posted by englishlessons on September 26, 2016

Definition:

pay

Examples:

They demanded that he fork over the cash immediately.

She complained when she was asked to fork over an additional 20% for the rent due to an increase.

 

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Start off the New Year with Idioms in English – Phrasal Verbs

Posted by englishlessons on January 4, 2016

AmEnglish.com® has just released a new program, Idioms in English – Phrasal Verbs. This brings the total number of online, interactive English training programs to 17, all of which are available to subscribers as part of the AmEnglish – Accelerate Program.

“Phrasal verbs like slip up and map something out are tricky because usually the meaning cannot be understood by looking up the individual words in a dictionary,” said the author, Kathy L. Hans.


TOEFL Listening Practice

Idioms in English – Phrasal Verbs is unique because the stories using the idioms in context focus on upcoming Olympic Games. So you can improve your idiomatic vocabulary while learning a little about the history of the sports and the host cities.

Idioms in English- Phrasal Verbs

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