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Idiom of the week – a Windfall

Posted by englishlessons on May 17, 2017

Definition:

an amount of money that you receive unexpectedly

Examples

When his great aunt died, he was surprised to find she left her house to him in her will; it was a windfall.
The extra dividend from the stock was an unexpected windfall.

 

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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 -Take time out

Posted by englishlessons on April 12, 2017

Definition:

Take time to rest or do something different from usual

Examples:

He took time out from his busy schedule to attend his son’s concert at school.

She tries to take some time out to relax before starting a new project.

 

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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 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 – 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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