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Idiom of the week – Blow through something

Posted by englishlessons on September 20, 2017

Definition:

Use up/consume

Examples:


That start-up blew through the first round of funding in less than a year.

He blew through his inheritance so quickly that it surprised everyone.

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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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Idiom of the week – Get a handle on something

Posted by englishlessons on August 8, 2017

Definition:

Get control or understanding of something

Examples:


I feel more comfortable after doing some research as I am getting a handle on some of the issues.

This is a new area for him, and he doesn’t have a handle on it yet.

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Idiom of the week – Be on the same wavelength

Posted by englishlessons on August 1, 2017

Definition:

Think in the same way about something as another person

Examples:


My co-worker and I came up with similar solutions to the problem; we are on the same wavelength.

My husband and I almost always agree on how to handle our children; we are usually on the same wavelength.


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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 – Jump ship

Posted by englishlessons on June 15, 2017

Definition:

desert or defect


Examples:


When that company announced their financial loses, many high level employees jumped ship and went to work for competitors.


I hope our best employees don’t jump ship when they hear about the reduced bonuses this year.

 

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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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