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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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Stand up to something/someone

Posted by englishlessons on July 11, 2017

Definition:

hold one’s position in the face of a challenge

Examples:


I admire her; she stood up to them and risked losing her job.


Standing up for his beliefs gained him the respect of his colleagues.
 

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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 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 – 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 -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 – 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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