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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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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 – 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 – 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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