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Idiom of the week – Pull the trigger (on something)

Posted by englishlessons on March 27, 2017

Definition:

initiate something

Examples:

We decided to pull the trigger on our remodeling project, and we hired a a contractor this week.
Our manager has been talking for months about hiring more engineers; I hope she pulls the trigger soon.

 

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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 – 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 -Get something off the ground

Posted by englishlessons on March 1, 2017

Definition:

Start being successful

Examples:

Employees of the start-up worked hard to get their project off the ground.

Our plans are still in the early stages; we hope to get this new venture off the ground by the end of next year.

 

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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 -Off the cuff

Posted by englishlessons on February 13, 2017

Definition:

informal, not planned ahead of time 

Examples:

He did not give a formal speech on the topic; he just made some off the cuff remarks.

The politician made some off the cuff comments about raising taxes, which created a big reaction.

 

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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 – Give someone pause

Posted by englishlessons on December 12, 2016

Definition:

cause someone to think carefully or hesitate 

Examples:

The company’s recent financial report gave him pause, and he decided not to invest in their stock.

His history of multiple girlfriends gave her pause, and she decided not to accept his invitation.

 

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Idiom of the week – Level out/off

Posted by englishlessons on December 5, 2016

Definition:

stop going up or down and continue at the same height or amount

Examples:

Food prices were going up every week, but they seem to have leveled off recently.

The plane climbed to cruising altitude and then leveled out. 

 

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