American Idioms and Some Phrases Just for Fun (ESL Series) by Edward Swick

By Edward Swick

ESL scholars taking intermediate-level classes will locate this booklet a beneficial complement to their lecture room textbook. simply as vital, they're going to see it as a competent consultant to the intricacies of idiomatic American English. Why, in any case, should still a newcomer to the English language be anticipated to make feel out of such words as get at the ball...make a beeline...have a bone to choose? those and dozens extra words are defined, "translated" into extra formal English, and repeated in numerous contexts.

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Anna has him twisted around her little finger. They were very much in love, but Mother always had Father twisted around her little finger. 108 Well Off This is a synonym for rich or wealthy. The Browns live in that big house over there. They're really quite well off. 109 What on Earth? Use this emphatic question to show great surprise or to express deep-felt shock. " he asked in alarm. "What was that loud noise? What on earth do you think you're doing? html (2 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:09 PM] Document Page 24 110 A (Little) White Lie This idiom is used to make a lie seem not quite so bad.

Use this simple question to ask in very broad terms what someone is doing now or has planned for later, or to question why someone has summoned you. Hi, Tom. You look rather busy. What's up? I hurried right over after I got your phone call. What's up? To Take Forty Winks This is a synonym for to take a nap. I'm really tired. I need to take forty winks.

He cut three classes this week. 34 To Date (Someone) This verb says that someone is seeing another person regularly. They are becoming a couple, and their relationship is becoming romantic. Maria has been dating Thomas for two months already. I'm too busy. I don't have time to date. 35 To Be up to Date/Out of Date These two phrases express the ideas that someone or something is modern or old-fashioned. She always has the latest clothes. She's really up to date. Don't you think disco is a little out of date?

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