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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 – 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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Idiom of the week – Inch up

Posted by englishlessons on September 2, 2016

Definition:

rise incrementally

Examples:

Prices have inched up over the last year according to this graph. 

Sales of our closest competitor have inched up in the last six months.

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Idiom of the week – Gang up on someone

Posted by englishlessons on June 29, 2016

Definition:

Join a group to criticize or persuade someone

Examples:

His friends ganged up on him and persuaded him to go along with idea.

Politicians from the opposing party ganged up on the speaker and shouted him down.

 

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Idiom of the week – Take someone up on something

Posted by englishlessons on June 4, 2016

Definition:

Accept an offer or invitation that someone has made

Examples:

After thinking it over, he decided to take his friend up on the job offer.

She took her friend up on his offer to teach her to code.

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Idiom of the week – Go back to the drawing board

Posted by englishlessons on April 4, 2016

Definition:

Return to the planning stage when an idea or plan has not worked out

Examples:

When our prototype failed to live up to expectations, we went back to the drawing board.


After we received lot of negative feedback on our latest version, we decided to go back to the drawing board.

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Idiom of the week – Weigh down

Posted by englishlessons on February 9, 2016

Definition:

Be oppressive or burdensome

Examples:

The economy was weighed down by slower growth.


The young girl was weighed down with the responsibility of caring for her six siblings.

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Idiom of the week – Pony up

Posted by englishlessons on January 12, 2016

Definition:

Pay money, especially to settle an account

Examples:

That small company will have to pony up the money to pay off their loan this year.


The cost of borrowing is rising, so we decided to pony up the sum required to pay off our credit card.

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Posted by englishlessons on August 7, 2014

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