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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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Idiom of the week – Camp out

Posted by englishlessons on April 5, 2017

Definition:

sleep outdoors, usually in a tent

Examples:

Customers were so eager to buy the new product that many camped out overnight in front of the store.

Our family enjoyed camping out in Yosemite National Park last summer.

 

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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 – Single someone/something out

Posted by englishlessons on March 13, 2017

Definition:

choose someone/something from a group for praise/criticism

Examples:

Her manager singled her out from the group to compliment her on presentation.

The CEO singled out our group of engineers to praise us for our work on the new product.

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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 – 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 – Hit someone up for something

Posted by englishlessons on January 5, 2017

Definition:

Ask someone for something

Examples:

My co-worker has money problems; he hit me up for a loan last week.

When their son calls from school, he often hits them up for extra money.

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