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How to remember English words quickly and won't forget easily?

First of all, you're going to need some vocabulary words to memorize. It may be quite overwhelming to memorize lots of words at once so you'll need to break it down in groups of five words at a time. Grab your dictionary and flash cards and choose five words you want to memorize. 50 words is too much for one time, you will probably notice that your brain will sort certain words to memorize (maybe between 5 and 10) and wouldn't make the 50. So consider a reasonable number of words to learn per time.

There are many ways your brain takes information in. That's why it's important to learn in different ways, so your brain can convert its' short-term memory, into long-term memory. Say each word out loud in the language your learning, and then in your native language. Do this several times. To memorize the words in the long term you have to do more effort in reading, listening ,chatting with pals etc.. those are ways to encounter words you have memorized in the short term and by repeating them they are likely to be stored for longer terms.

It is important also to use the language you are learning as much as possible. The goal is to begin thinking in the language you are learning (English here) instead of your native language.

Another simple possibility is to create a context for each word. As well as the definition, think of what situations the word could be used in, and what other words it groups with. If you have 50 words, they will certainly fall into several categories and naturally group together. Say the words, in a sentence if you have one, and act it out if you're feeling bold.

Also, think of the impressions the word gives you. Does it sound like something in Chinese? Do you think of something odd and unrelated to the definition? Do you like the letter it begins/ends with?

What do you feel when you see or say the word? OK, these questions are not logical but may help you remember the word nonetheless. This may seem like a lot of extra information to learn, but information is remembered more easily when it is grouped and linked with other information.

Actually, broadening/improving one's language skills is a very broad concept, it can be done in more than one ways at the same time which is highly recommended. One can NOT become better ONLY in one area e.g. chatting/speaking, one MUST improve skills in ALL dimensions of the language!

Learning language well requires being as active as possible and making the learning as FUN for oneself as possible. Taking lessons is always important, but equally important are these:

1) Listen/watch: Keep listening to internet radio stations like BBC, watch TV shows in English (use only subtitles, NOT voice dubbing!), etc.

2) Write/communicate: Try to find discussion forums from the web about things that you find interesting (music/various artists, hobbies, etc.) and start communicating there with other people using English. Start using instant messaging systems in case you find some new friends or start emailing them.

3) Buy yourself a proper dictionary, and each time when you see a strange word that you do not understand, look it up. Putting words into their context is one of the best ways to broaden one's vocabulary, the more you read and write the better. As said, memorising is NOT the best way to go with learning vocabulary or any other language areas!

The main point in ANY language learning is to make it as fun as possible for yourself. Try to find topics that INTEREST you, read online newspapers (Times, Guardian, Independent...), listen to BBC/NBC and

other radio stations online, if you find adiscussion forum for e.g. your favourite hobby or your idols in music do participate there, etc. The key word here is CONTEXT, which means that it is easier to learn new words and their usage as well as grammar when you use/see them in their real CONTEXT.

I'm sorry there is no easy way out with this, one really must develop language skills in ALL these language "levels" or dimensions in order to reach better language skills!!

Last but not least: NEVER EVER use ANY online translators, they are nothing but utter rubbish!! English is practically EVERYWHERE in the online world these days, you just have to use your imagination to find it! Learning pace is always personal, it takes the time it takes so there is no reason to hurry it up too much. If you do, you will not learn so well.

Phrasal Verb List

A complete phrasal verb list in English would include over 2,000 phrasal verbs. We have tons of them, and we use them all the time without realizing it. Phrasal verbs are, in fact, one of the most difficult things to learn in English because there are so many of them, and because they cant be translated literally. However, here, you can at least learn what phrasal verbs are, how to recognize them, and where to go to find their meanings.

What Is a Phrasal Verb?

A phrasal verb is different from a verb phrase. A verb phrase, sometimes called a predicate, is made up of a main verb along with any complements, objects or adverbial phrases that follow it. It is a verb plus a lot of other things if they exist in a sentence. A phrasal verb is simply a verb made up of more than one word. It is two or three words that make up one main verb. A phrasal verb is only a verb, not anything else in the sentence. Usually, the words that constitute a phrasal verb are a verb and a preposition, but that is not always the case. Sometimes the first word in a phrasal verb is not a verb at all, but when paired with the preposition, the whole phrase becomes a verb. For example, the phrasal verb clam up is made of a noun (clam) and a preposition (up). When you combine them, however, they become one verb meaning to become quiet or refuse to speak. To give another example, the verb give means to turn over the possession of something. However, when combined with various prepositions, the phrases take on their own meanings, which are quite different from the meanings of the two individual words.

give away - to reveal some information or tell a secret; to give something to someone for free give back - to return a borrowed item; to repay a charitable action with another charitable action give in - to reluctantly stop fighting or arguing give out - to give something to a lot of people for free; to stop working from overexertion give up - to quit a habit; to stop trying to succeed at something

How to Recognize Phrasal Verbs

So how do you know when youre dealing with a phrasal verb and not just a verb and a preposition? Well, you have to look at the whole sentence. If the two words can be understood literally, its a verb and a preposition. If they have to be taken together with a meaning that has little or nothing to do with the meaning of the verb alone, then its a phrasal verb. Consider these examples:

I went out of the room for a moment. Here, the words in the phrase went out literally mean went and out. This is a verb (went) and a preposition (out).

I went out with him a few times. Here, the phrase went out is a phrasal verb meaning spent time romantically. It doesnt necessarily indicate that you went anywhere, in or out.

Phrasal Verb List

The following is a short phrasal verb list to give you some examples.

Ask out - to ask someone to go on a date Back up - to move backwards; to make a copy of something in case the original is destroyed or lost Come off - to appear or seem to another person Doze off - to fall asleep, usually accidentally Eat up - to eat all of something; to consume; to greatly disturb emotionally Fart around - to waste or spend time doing pointless or unnecessary things Get along with - to have a good relationship with; to progress or handle Hold up - to cause a delay; to rob someone, usually threatening violence Iron out - to remove small problems or irregularities from Jazz up - to make something more interesting or exciting Kick in - to take effect (as in a drug); to break something by kicking it; to contribute money Laugh off - to pretend something serious isnt important; to pretend you are not bothered by something that really does bother you Make out - to make a check payable to; to pretend, to kiss heavily; to be able to see or hear something (a small detail or something in the distance) Name after - to give someone the same name as another person so as to honor or remember that person Own up - to confess Pack up - to finish or stop doing something; to collect things and put them into a container for transporting Quiet down - to become silent Rattle off - to quote information quickly off the top of ones head Scrape by - to just barely manage to accomplish something Tag along - to go with someone, especially when you werent invited Use up - to finish or consume all of something Veg out - to relax, doing nothing Water down - to make something weaker or less offensive Yammer on - to talk continuously, especially in an annoying way Zone out - to not pay attention, allowing your mind to go blank

Verb ask someone out ask around

Meaning invite on a date ask many people the same question equal

Example Brian asked Judy out to dinner and a movie. I asked around but nobody has seen my wallet. Your purchases add up to $205.32.

add up to something

back something up back someone up blow up blow something up break down

reverse support explode add air stop functioning (vehicle, machine) get upset

You'll have to back up your car so that I can get out. My wife backed me up over my decision to quit my job. The racing car blew up after it crashed into the fence. We have to blow 50 balloons up for the party. Our car broke down at the side of the highway in the snowstorm. The woman broke down when the police told her that her son had died. Our teacher broke the final project downinto three separate parts. Somebody broke in last night and stole our stereo. The firemen had to break into the room to rescue the children. I need to break these shoes in before we run next week. The TV station broke in to report the news of the president's death. My boyfriend and I broke up before I moved to America. The kids just broke up as soon as the clown started talking. The prisoners broke out of jail when the guards weren't

break down

break somethingdown

divide into smaller parts force entry to a building enter forcibly

break in break into something

break something in

wear something a few times so that it doesn't look/feel new interrupt

break in

break up

end a relationship start laughing (informal) escape

break up

break out

looking. break out insomething bring someone down bring someone up develop a skin condition make unhappy raise a child I broke out in a rash after our camping trip. This sad music is bringing me down. My grandparents brought me u p after my parents died. My mother walks out of the room when my father brings up sports. He drank so much that he brought his dinner up in the toilet. We called around but we weren't able to find the car part we needed. I called the company back but the offices were closed for the weekend. Jason called the wedding off because he wasn't in love with his fianc. The professor called on me for question 1. We called on you last night but you weren't home. Give me your phone number and I willcall you up when we are in town. You are still mad. You need to calm down before you drive the car. I don't care for his behaviour.

bring something up

start talking about a subject vomit

bring something up

call around

phone many different places/people return a phone call cancel

call someone back

call something off

call on someone

ask for an answer or opinion visit someone phone

call on someone call someone up

calm down

relax after being angry not like (formal)

not care forsomeone/something

catch up

get to the same point as someone else arrive and register at a hotel or airport leave a hotel look at carefully, investigate look at (informal) become happier make happier help

You'll have to run faster than that if you want to catch up with Marty. We will get the hotel keys when wecheck in. You have to check out of the hotel before 11:00 AM. The company checks out all new employees. Check out the crazy hair on that guy! She cheered up when she heard the good news. I brought you some flowers to cheer youup. If everyone chips in we can get the kitchen painted by noon. Please clean up your bedroom before you go outside. I came across these old photos when I was tidying the closet. The top and bottom come apart if you pull hard enough. My nephew came down with chicken pox this weekend. The woman came forward with her husband's finger prints. The art of origami comes from Asia.

check in

check out checksomeone/somethin g out check outsomeone/something cheer up cheer someone up chip in

clean something up

tidy, clean

come across something

find unexpectedly separate

come apart

come down with something come forward

become sick

volunteer for a task or to give evidence originate in

come from somewhere

count on someone/something cross something out

rely on draw a line through consume less

I am counting on you to make dinner while I am out. Please cross out your old address and write your new one. My doctor wants me to cut back onsweets and fatty foods. We had to cut the old tree in our yarddown after the storm. Your father cut in while I was dancing with your uncle. The bus driver got angry when that carcut in.

cut back on something

cut something down

make something fall to the ground interrupt pull in too closely in front of another vehicle start operating (of an engine or electrical device) remove with something sharp stop providing

cut in cut in

cut in

The air conditioner cuts in when the temperature gets to 22C. The doctors cut off his leg because it was severely injured. The phone company cut off our phone because we didn't pay the bill. My grandparents cut my father off when he remarried. I cut this ad out of the newspaper.

cut something off

cut something off

cut someone off

take out of a will

cut something out

remove part of something (usually with scissors and paper) beat up, ransack (Br.E., informal) do again

dosomeone/somethingov er do something over

He's lucky to be alive. His shop was done over by a street gang. My teacher wants me

(N.Amer.) do away withsomething do something up dress up drop back discard fasten, close wear nice clothing move back in a position/group come without an appointment take someone/somet hing somewhere and leave them/it there quit a class, school etc eat at a restaurant eventually reach/do/decide break into pieces fall to the ground separate from an interior (of hair, teeth) become loose and unattached understand, find

to do my essayover because she doesn't like my topic. It's time to do away with all of these old tax records. Do your coat up before you go outside. It's snowing! It's a fancy restaurant so we have todress up. Andrea dropped back to third place when she fell off her bike. I might drop in/by/over for tea sometime this week. I have to drop my sister off at work before I come over.

drop in/by/over Drop someone/somethingoff

drop out eat out end up

I dropped out of Science because it was too difficult. I don't feel like cooking tonight. Let's eat out. We ended up renting a movie instead of going to the theatre. My new dress fell apart in the washing machine. The picture that you hung up last nightfell down this morning. The money must have fallen out of my pocket. His hair started to fall out when he was only 35. I need to figure out how to

fall apart fall down

fall out fall out

figure something out

the answer fill something in to write information in blanks (Br.E.) to write information in blanks (N.Amer.) fill to the top discover discover

fit the piano and the bookshelf in this room. Please fill in the form with your name, address, and phone number. The form must be filled out in capital letters.

fill something out

fill something up find out find something out

I always fill the water jug up when it is empty. We don't know where he lives. How can we find out? We tried to keep the time of the party a secret, but Samantha found it out. I tried to get my point across/over to the judge but she wouldn't listen. I was surprised how well my new girlfriend and my sister got along/on. My grandfather can get around fine in his new wheelchair. We worked so hard this year that we had to get away for a week. Jason always gets away with cheating in his maths tests. We got back from our vacation last week. Liz finally got her Science notes backfrom my roommate. My sister got back at me for

get somethingacross/ov er get along/on

communicate, make understandable like each other

get around

have mobility

get away

go on a vacation

get away withsomething

do without being noticed or punished return receive something you had before retaliate, take

get back get something back

get back at someone

revenge get back intosomething become interested in something again step onto a vehicle recover from an illness, loss, difficulty overcome a problem finally find time to do (N.Amer.:get around to something) meet (usually for social reasons) get out of bed stand reveal hidden information about someone take the bride to the altar ruin a secret

stealing her shoes. She stole my favourite hat. I finally got back into my novel and finished it. We're going to freeze out here if you don't let us get on the bus. I just got over the flu and now my sister has it. The company will have to close if it can'tget over the new regulations. I don't know when I am going to get round to writing the thank you cards. Let's get together for a BBQ this weekend. I got up early today to study for my exam. You should get up and give the elderly man your seat. His wife gave him away to the police. My father gave me away at my wedding. My little sister gave the surprise partyaway by accident. The library was giving away old books on Friday. I have to give these

get on something

get over something

get over something

get round tosomething

get together get up get up give someone away

give someone away give something away

give something away

give something to someone for free return a

give something back

borrowed item give in reluctantly stop fighting or arguing give to many people (usually at no cost) quit a habit stop trying follow someone try to achieve something compete, oppose

skates back to Franz before his hockey game. My boyfriend didn't want to go to the ballet, but he finally gave in. They were giving out free perfume samples at the department store. I am giving up smoking as of January 1st. My maths homework was too difficult so I gave up. My brother tried to go after the thief in his car. I went after my dream and now I am a published writer. We are going against the best soccer team in the city tonight. Please go ahead and eat before the food gets cold. I have to go back home and get my lunch. We're going out for dinner tonight. Jesse has been going out with Luke since they met last winter. Please go over your answers before you submit your test. I haven't seen Tina for a long time. I think I'll go over for an hour or two. When I was young, we went withoutwinter boots.

give something out

give something up give up go after someone go after something go against someone

go ahead go back go out

start, proceed return to a place leave home to go on a social event date

go out with someone

go over something go over

review visit someone nearby suffer lack or deprivation

go without something

grow apart

stop being friends over time regrow become an adult get too big for

My best friend and I grew apart after she changed schools. My roses grew back this summer. When Jack grows up he wants to be a fireman. Elizabeth needs a new pair of shoes because she has grown out of her old ones. This bike is too big for him now, but he should grow into it by next year. I handed my old comic books down to my little cousin. I have to hand in my essay by Friday. We will hand out the invitations at the door. The police asked the man to hand overhis wallet and his weapons. Hang in there. I'm sure you'll find a job very soon. Hang on while I grab my coat and shoes! Instead of going to the party we are just going to hang out at my place. He didn't say goodbye before he hung up. I had to hold my dog back because there was a cat in the park.

grow back grow up grow out ofsomething

grow into something

grow big enough to fit give something used to someone else submit to distribute to a group of people give (usually unwillingly) stay positive (N.Amer., informal) wait a short time (informal) spend time relaxing (informal) end a phone call prevent from doing/going

hand something down

hand something in hand something out hand something over

hang in

hang on hang out

hang up holdsomeone/somethingb ack

hold something back hold on

hide an emotion wait a short time

Jamie held back his tears at his grandfather's funeral. Please hold on while I transfer you to the Sales Department. Hold onto your hat because it's very windy outside. A man in a black mask held the bank upthis morning. Keep on stirring until the liquid comes to a boil. We kept our relationship from our parents for two years. Try to keep the wet dog out of the living room. If you keep those results up you will get into a great college. I need you to be on time. Don't let medown this time. Can you let the cat in before you go to school? I have to look after my sick grandmother. Ever since we stole that chocolate bar your dad has looked down on me. I'm looking for a red dress for the wedding. I'm looking forward to the Christmas break. We are going to look into the price of snowboards

hold ontosomeone/something holdsomeone/something up keep on doingsomething keep something fromso meone keepsomeone/something out keep something up

hold firmly using your hands or arms rob

continue doing not tell

stop from entering continue at the same rate fail to support or help, disappoint allow to enter take care of think less of, consider inferior try to find be excited about the future investigate

let someone down let someone in look aftersomeone/something look down onsomeone

look forsomeone/something look forward tosomething look into something

today. look out be careful, vigilant, and take notice be especially vigilant for check, examine search and find information in a reference book or database have a lot of respect for invent, lie about something forgive each other apply cosmetics to confuse two or more things die faint Look out! That car's going to hit you! Don't forget to look out for snakes on the hiking trail. Can you look over my essay for spelling mistakes? We can look her phone number up on the Internet.

look out forsomeone/something look something over look something up

look up to someone make something up make up make someone up mix something up pass away pass out

My little sister has always looked up to me. Josie made up a story about why we were late. We were angry last night, but we made up at breakfast. My sisters made me up for my graduation party. I mixed up the twins' names again! His uncle passed away last night after a long illness. It was so hot in the church that an elderly lady passed out. The professor passed the textbooks outbefore class. I passed up the job because I am afraid of change. Thanks for buying my ticket. I'll pay youback on Friday. That bully will pay for being mean to my little brother.

pass something out

give the same thing to many people decline (usually something good) return owed money be punished for doing something

pass something up pay someone back pay for something

bad pick something out pointsomeone/something out put something down choose indicate with your finger put what you are holding on a surface or floor insult, make someone feel stupid postpone I picked out three sweaters for you to try on. I'll point my boyfriend out when he runs by. You can put the groceries down on the kitchen counter. The students put the substitute teacherdown because his pants were too short. We are putting off our trip until January because of the hurricane. The neighbours put the fire out before the firemen arrived. I have to put the crib together before the baby arrives. I don't think I can put up with three small children in the car. Don't forget to put on your new earrings for the party.

put someone down

put something off

put something out


put somethingtogether


put up withsomeone/something put something on


put clothing/accesso ries on your body meet unexpectedly drive a vehicle over a person or thing rehearse, review

run intosomeone/something run oversomeone/something run over/throughsomething

I ran into an old schoolfriend at the mall. I accidentally ran over your bicycle in the driveway. Let's run over/through these lines one more time before the show.

run away

leave unexpectedly, escape have none left

The child ran away from home and has been missing for three days. We ran out of shampoo so I had to wash my hair with soap. My letter got sent back to me because I used the wrong stamp. Our boss set a meeting up with the president of the company. The police set up the car thief by using a hidden camera. I want to shop around a little before I decide on these boots. He always shows off on his skateboard

run out

send something back

return (usually by mail) arrange, organize trick, trap

set something up

set someone up

shop around

compare prices

show off

act extra special for people watching (usually boastfully) stay somewhere for the night (informal) organize, resolve a problem continue doing something, limit yourself to one particular thing stop the energy flow, turn off start the energy flow, turn on

sleep over

You should sleep over tonight if the weather is too bad to drive home. We need to sort the bills out before the first of the month. You will lose weight if you stick to the diet.

sort something out

stick to something

switch something off switch something on

The light's too bright. Could you switch itoff. We heard the news as soon as weswitched on the car radio.

take after someone take something apart

resemble a family member purposely break into pieces return an item

I take after my mother. We are both impatient. He took the car brakes apart and found the problem. I have to take our new TV back because it doesn't work. My plane takes off in five minutes. Take off your socks and shoes and come in the lake!

take something back

take off take something off

start to fly remove something (usually clothing) remove from a place or thing pay for someone to go somewhere with you rip into pieces

take something out

Can you take the garbage out to the street for me? My grandparents took us out for dinner and a movie. I tore up my ex-boyfriend's letters and gave them back to him. When I think back on my youth, I wish I had studied harder. I'll have to think this job offer overbefore I make my final decision. We threw our old furniture away when we won the lottery. Please turn the TV down while the guests are here. I turned the

take someone out

tear something up

think back

remember (often + to, sometimes + on) consider

think something over

throw somethingaway

dispose of

turn something down

decrease the volume or strength (heat, light etc) refuse

turn something down

job down because I don't want to move. turn something off stop the energy flow, switch off start the energy, switch on increase the volume or strength (heat, light etc) appear suddenly Your mother wants you to turn the TVoff and come for dinner. It's too dark in here. Let's turn some lights on. Can you turn the music up? This is my favourite song.

turn something on turn something up

turn up

Our cat turned up after we put posters up all over the neighbourhood. I'm going to try these jeans on, but I don't think they will fit. I am going to try this new brand of detergent out. The kids used all of the toothpaste up so we need to buy some more. We have to wake up early for work on Monday. You can warm your feet up in front of the fireplace. I always warm up by doing sit-ups before I go for a run. Most of my make-up wore off before I got to the party. I work out at the gym three times a week. Our plan worked out fine. We have to work out the total cost before we buy the

try something on

sample clothing

try something out use something up

test finish the supply

wake up warmsomeone/somethin gup warm up wear off work out work out work something out

stop sleeping increase the temperature prepare body for exercise fade away exercise be successful make a calculation



The sentences below are commonly used by native speakers, so non-native speakers of English can make full use of their speeches in their daily English conversation. I just have to stop off ( to visit or stay at a place briefly when you are going somewhere else ) in the bathroom.

Shona : " Jeannie, may I use your bathroom ? " Jeannie : Go ahead, but make it snappy, okay ? ( to tell someone that you want them to do something
immediately and to do it quickly )

You should have heard the fuss my mom kicked up ! And could I have a long-sleeved jacket this time ? The short-sleeved ones are sobabyish. Sorry, I am terrible with names !

If it's any consolation, Mom yells the most at the students she thinks are the best. I guess I'm grinning because Jeannie didn't holler very much for a change. Hugh MacKendrick is a real slave driver. He's so cute that it's a shame he's not nicer. ... even though Hugh is obviously out of my league.( to be too good or too expensive for you ) The championship doesn't have to be .... Oh, Shona. You are such a party pooper. ( someone who spoils other people's enjoyment by
disapproving of or not taking part in a particular activity )

You could if you put your mind to it. I saw them going into that pizza parlor on Austin Street. Are they dating ? ..... hoping she didn't sound too breathless. I thought it might brighten up my practices. Well, we're just starting out, so we foul up sometimes. Don't you need a jacket or anything ? It's freezing out.

Hugh : And here you are spending your coffee break with another Highland dancer. Shona : But that's by choice. If you keep working on it hard, I think you have a real shot at it this year, ... But I haven't been very up front about - somebody else. ..... maybe he just wants more people to fill out the audience, but I am dying to go.

I'll call you later about Friday night, OK ? You'd think I was planning to pull an all-nighter or something. ..... she was speechless with delight. I don't want to gush or anything, -- but well, you are great. You should come jam with us sometime. Bye, Mom don't wait up. This girl definitely has taste. It's not fair, MacKendrick. You always hog all quality women. This round's on me. You can get the next one if you want. Myles seemed to be a big hit with all the girls. Last Sunday I wanted to kiss you too, but I was afraid that if I did, you'd think I was being fresh. ( being too confident and showing a lack of respect, or showing by your actions or words that
you want to have sex with someone )

.... savoring ( to enjoy food or an experience slowly, in order to appreciate it as much as possible ) the memory of Hugh's kisses ...... I was a total wreck ( A person who is physically or mentally broken down or worn out )that day. I thought maybe you had an ulterior motive. So you saw through my diabolical plot, uh ? I understand you have a pretty good shot at that second runner-up again. Shona has an even better shot at winning first place, Aynsley, so you'd better be on your toes. Hugh let out a whoop of laughter.

It's a lot of hard work and everything, but I really love it. You can't risk it, not with the championships so close. Finally they nodded their heads in unison. I wish you two wouldn't holler at me like that. It's awfully embarassing when I'm with a guy. You better win that championship just to make up for all this neglect. Have you got your hooks into John Powell yet ? Mom, you weren't supposed to let on, I wanted to surprise her. You're really starting to show a lot of poise, ....... Pair that with poise, and in my opinion you've got Aynsley beat. She's still on my case for coming home late the last couple of times we went out. You'll have a whole week to rest up for it. I fell on the way home, I didn't damage anything vital, but I feel kind of achy. Will you please stop channel-hopping ....... In answer to her parents' worried questions, she confessed that she and Hugh had broken up. I'm just picking up a pair of panty hose. would you believe every pair I own has a run. ( a
long vertical hole in tights and stockings )

I bet she's planning on making a big play for him tonight at Cathy Davidson's very exclusively party. Now that Hugh's available, she'll probably be all over him, trying to catch him on the rebound. I don't like any of these dresses, they're really tacky. ( of cheap quality or in bad style )

.... you should have seen him tripping all over his feet. He simply couldn't keep timewith the music. Afterward she ran some errands for her mother, then spent the rest of the day working on an English paper, doing household chores, and listening for the phone. Vandals is a new teen club that just opened up. You're not much of a talker, are you ? Kim : I thought he'd be a refreshing change from you-know-who. Shona : ' Refreshing ' is hardly the word for it. Can't you put a smile on your face and make the best of it for tonight ? I was feeling kind of lonely and mixed up. Her legs felt rubbery ( weak ) as she climbed the stairs, as if ..... You're not still moping about Hugh, are you ? He's bound to be there, whether he wants to come or not. Jeannie and Christina wouldn't let him wimp out. ( to decide not to do something because you are too frightened ) Ok that's enough play-by-play ( A detailed commentary of an event as it unfolds ), I don't want to know what happens next ! Are you two up to joining me ? Aynsley was talking a blue streak ( to talk quickly and without stopping ) , but Hugh didn't seem to be paying much attention. I can't believe she actually got him up on his feet. I think I just saw him heading for the refreshment stand. Your father just threw his back out ( to injure one's back in some way ) on the dancer floor.

I told you I was a rotten dancer. Shona raced to the kitchen on tiptoe ....... I know I should have called you, but I guess my pride got in the way. I was so wrapped up in how important the championship is to me that I didn't spare a thought for how important your gig was to you. You'll need to be well rested for the competition tomorrow. I'm just beginning to recuperate from an overdose of it. You absolutely sparkled up there onstage. Oh please, you're going to give me a swelled head. She knew she stood a better chance of winning the championship since her chief competitor wasn't in top form. Today's competition would determine whether she was a champion Highland dncer or just an also-ran. ( someone in a competition who is unlikely to do well or who has failed ) If you don't want me to coach you for the nationals, I won't.

Whats Idioms? Idioms are words, phrases, or expressions that cannot be taken literally. In other words, when used in everyday language, they have a meaning other than the basic one you would find in the dictionary. Every language has its own idioms. Learning them makes understanding and using a language a lot easier and more fun

Smell a Rat How come the front door is open? Didn't you close it before we went shopping? I'm sure I did. I can't understand it. Frankly, I smell a rat. Me, too. I'm convinced that something is definitely wrong here. We'd better call the police.

Go to the Dogs Have you seen their house lately? It's really gone to the dogs. It's true that it has become run-down and in serious need of repair, but I'm sure that it can be fixed up to look like new. I guess with a little carpentry work and some paint it could look pretty decent.

Fishy When the security guard saw a light in the store after closing hours, it seemed to him that there was something fishy going on. He called the central office and explained to his superior that he thought something strange and suspicious was occurring.

Take the Bull by the Horns Julie had always felt that she was missing out on a lot of fun because of her clumsiness on the dance floor. She had been putting off taking lessons, but she finally took the bull by the horns and went to a professional dance studio for help. She was tired of feeling left out and acted decisively to correct the situation.

Let the cat out of the Bag Bob was going to retire from teaching in June, and the foreign language department was planning on presenting him with some luggage at his retirement dinner. He wasn't supposed to know about it, but someone let the cat out of the bag. At the dinner Bob acted surprised, even though someone had told him what he was getting before the official presentation.

For the Birds They went to a poetry reading, but they got bored and restless. As far as they were concerned, it was for the birds! They left during an intermission because they found the reading totally uninteresting and meaningless

Straight From the Horse's Mouth How did you find out that Jill was engaged? I got the information from a very reliable source. You mean Jill told you so herself? That's right. I got it straight from the horse's mouth!

Horse Around Did you hear about Dave's back injury? No. How did he get hurt? Well, after the coach left the gym he decided to stay and horse around on the parallel bars. He somehow lost his grip and fell on his back. That's too bad, but he shouldn't have been aimlessly playing around on the equipment without proper supervision.

Cat Got Your Tongue? Come on, Connie! Tell us what you think about our little ride down the rapids yesterday. Well, uh... Wasn't it exciting? I, uh...

What's the matter? Cat got your tongue? If you must know, I'm keeping quiet because I was scared out of my wits!

Get in Someone's hair Children! Would you please stop making so much noise! And for heaven's sake, pick up your clothes and toys! It's hard enough trying to keep this house clean without your throwing your things all over the place! Clara, I know that the children get in your hair, but you should try not to let it upset you so much. Listen, Jim. I can't help it . The children bother me and make me very angry when they're so noisy and messy.

Shoot Off One's Mouth Jim doesn't play tennis very much, but he's always shooting off his mouth about how good he is. Yet he's fooling nobody. Jim is somewhat of a braggart and everyone knows that he gives opinions without knowing all the facts and talks as if he knew everything about the game.

Jump Down Someone's Throat That's it, Greg! You'd better not come in after midnight again tonight! I know, dad. You don't have to jump down my throat! I told you that I'd make it home around 11:30. I don't intend to be late! Well, you've said that before and in you come at 2: 30 in the morning. You can't blame me for getting angry and scolding you. I've got good reason.

Pay Through the Nose At last Mr. Smith came upon the rare stamp he had been seeking at an auction. Since many other stamp collectors would also be bidding for it, he realized that he would have to pay through the nose in order to have it. After considering the increasing value of the stamp, he decided that he would not mind paying such a high price for something so rare.

Tongue-in-Cheek Why were you teasing Sonia about her new hairdo? She really took offense at what you said. I didn't mean to offend her. I was simply making a tongue-in-cheek remark when i said that it was too elaborate for a girl of her young, tender age. Well, she thought you were serious. She had no idea that you were just saying that as a joke. I'm really sorry. I suppose I owe her an apology.

Pull Someone's Leg Hey, Al. I was invited to be a judge for the Miss America Beauty Pageant! Oh, really? Come on, you're pulling my leg! No, honestly. Do you really think that I'm trying to fool you with a ridiculous story? Well, you've told me foolish stories before. I can assure you that this one is for real.

Play It by Ear Let's go to the movies, agreed? Sure. And what'll we do after that ? Oh, I don't know. Let's play it by ear. Well, I would like to have a more definite plan of action. Don't be like that. It's always more fun not knowing what to expect and deciding what to do as we go along.

Stick Out One's Neck How come they're asking me to act as their guide through the jungle? Evidently they think you're the only one who can lead them to the lost temple. That jungle has danger lurking around every corner. Why should I stick my neck out for them? They didn't pay me for my services. They know that you would be taking a great risk and could possibly get hurt, but you're the only one with enough knowledge to take them to their destination. I'm sure you'll be amply rewarded

All Thumbs Hey Bea. Can you help me out ? I don't seem to be able to button up the back of my dress. Sure. Let's see if I can do it for you. I guess I'm all thumbs because I'm so nervous. I'm already late for my date. Well, I suppose that being so nervous would make you clumsy and awkward. But don't worry. I'm sure your date will wait.

Not Have a Leg to Stand On Tom maintains that the firm owes him some back wages for having worked overtime. However, he won't have a leg to stand on unless he can prove that he put in all those extra hours. He doesn't stand a chance of getting his money without a strong foundation of facts to support his position.

Get Off Someone's Back Hey, John. I'm bored. Come on, let's go out and do something. Sorry, I'm right in the middle of studying for a physics exam. I won't be able to make it tonight. You've been studying for a long time. Why don't you take a break ? Come on! Let's go ! Forget studying for a while ! Look! Get off my back! I can't go anywhere! OK. I'll stop bothering you only if you promise to let me know the minute you're finished.

Drive Someone Up a Wall Wow ! What a great set of drums! Yeah, they're great, but I can't play on them when my folks are at home. They say I drive them up a wall with all the loud banging. I get the same thing at home. My folks tell me that I annoy them and get them really angry whenever I turn up the volume on my stereo.

String Someone Along Liz had high hopes of marrying Dean. When he ran off with another woman, she realized that he was just stringing her along. She had felt very strongly about him and was really hurt to see that he was deceiving her and had no intentions of ever marrying her.

Leave Someone High and Dry Say, Jill. I thought that John was going to help you do the dishes tonight. So did I. But he left me high and dry. Where did he go ? Well, he got a call from some of his pals at work to go bowling, and he left me alone to do all this work without any help at all.

Spill the Beans Did you know that Harry was going to take Kathy on a Caribbean cruise ? Yes, I did. He was planning on surprising her with the tickets fro their anniversary, but someone spilled the beans. What a shame ! That was supposed to have been a surprise. Yes, it's too bad that someone told her about the trip beforehand and ruined Harry's surprise. That's OK. Her enthusiasm was not dampened in the least!

Bite the Dust Andy did exceptionally well in all of the track events, but he bit the dust in the high jump competition. Much to the disappointment of his fans, he went down in defeat, losing to a competitor from the visiting team.

Bend Over Backwards When Joan first started teaching she was afraid that she would have a lot of trouble getting used to the kids and to the faculty. Her fears turned out to be unfounded, since everybody bent over backwards to help her. Everyone tried very hard to help her feel comfortable and adjust to the school.

Cough Up Say, Greg. Did you finally get that computer that you wanted so much ? Not yet. I needed to raise a couple of hundred dollars more. Is it going to take you a while to raise the money? It would have taken me forever, but dad said he'd cough up the money I need since I'm going to be using the computer for my school work. Maybe it was difficult for your dad to give you the money but then, he knows that it's for a good cause.

Jump the Gun Denise was planning on telling her grandparents that the doctor said she was going to have twins, but when her dad found out he jumped the gun and told them before Denise could say a word. He was so excited that he became hasty and revealed the news before Denise had a chance to tell them.

Scratch Someone's Back Hey, Bea. I need some help stacking these boxes. Would you please give me a hand? OK. And I need some help tidying up the house. How about your helping me out after that ? OK. If you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. I know you don't like doing housework, but I'll help you with the boxes if you promise to return the favor. No problem. I'll even do the windows.

Turn Someone Off How was your date with Marty last night ? Well, it started of OK, but he really turned me off when we went for a snack after the movies. Did he say or do something to annoy you? Frankly, he disgusted me when he tried to talk with his mouth full. I don't blame you . That would have really bothered me too.

Kick the Bucket It's been said that the old man knew of a buried treasure, but he kicked the bucket before telling anyone where it was. If the treasure exists, the old man unfortunately took the secret of its location with him when he died.

Wet Blanket James was not invited to go on the outing with the rest of the group because he's such a wet blanket. On many previous occasions he has kept others from enjoying themselves by his pessimism and lack of enthusiasm. It's understandable that no one wants him around.

Going under the knife When critics and celebrity observers criticized Heidi Montag for undergoing ten plastic surgery procedures in one operation, she answered back that going under the knife is only a medical operation that doesn't involve any life-threatening risk.

Knock Someone's Socks Off Hi, John. What's new ? Oh, nothing too much with me, but you ought to see Fredo's new car. It'll knock your socks off! So, he finally got that Italian sports car he's been dreaming about.

He sure did. When you see all the custom features that it has, you'll get so enthused and excited you won't know what to do. Boy, I can hardly wait to go for a ride in it.

Lose One's Shirt I happened to bump into Dole at lunch yesterday afternoon. What's new with Dole these days ? He wasn't doing so well. For one thing, he told me he lost his shirt at the races. Dole has always liked to bet on the horses. I'm not surprised that he lost a great deal of money. Yeah. At this rate he'll never have a penny to his name.

Lemon Have you seen Joe's new car yet ? Yeah. It looks good, but she's had nothing but problems with it. That's too bad. It sounds like she got a real lemon. She sure did. No sooner did she drive it home from the dealer's than it proved defective and started breaking down.

Out of the Woods Although Eric was well on his way to recovering from his bout with pneumonia, he was still not out of the woods. The doctors told him that he would have to take it easy and avoid exposure to cold, since he was not out of danger and difficulty yet.

Eating Someone Hey, Alice. What's been eating you lately ? Don't you realize how rude and irritable you've become? I know. I'm really sorry for the way I've been acting.

Well, why don't you tell me what has been bothering and upsetting you and maybe we can work your problem out together. I'll admit that it would help to talk to someone about it.

On the Line Lately Tom's been more conscientious about the accuracy and quality of his work with the company. He was warned that his job was on the line because of his lack of concern for his duties. When Tom was alerted that he was in danger of losing his job, he began to take his obligations with the company more seriously.

Feel Like a Million Dollars I bumped into Nick at the salon yesterday. He looked great, but I noticed that he had a slight limp when he walked. I guess you didn't know that he had an operation on his knee. No, I didn't. How's he feeling ? He says he's feeling like a million dollars now. Apparently the pain in his knee is all gone. It's good that he's feeling so wonderful. It must be a refreshing change not having to put up with all that discomfort.

Hang On During the depression years the Smiths had a great deal of trouble with their business, but somehow or other they were able to hang on. Although they almost lost their store, they managed to persevere until things got better.

Make Ends Meet It's almost impossible trying to keep up with the high cost of living. It's true. Things are so expensive nowadays that it's very difficult to make ends meet.

You know, even with Lucie's salary, our combined income is hardly enough to pay all the bills.

Money talks We've been waiting for three months to get delivery on our car, and people who put in their order after us have already gotten theirs. Well, money talks. Why don't you try giving the dealer a little something extra to move things along ? I know full well that money has the power to influence people, but I refuse to pay extra for a service that is owed to me as a client. If you want to have your car maybe you'd better reconsider.

The Early Bird Catches the Worm Marc, the lines for the rock festival are going to be miles long! If you expect to get tickets for you and Mary, remember that old saying. " The early bird catches the worm " I guess you're right. Mary is looking forward to the concert, and I'd hate to disappoint her. I'll get up real early to get a place at the head of the line. That way I'll get the tickets I want, for sure !

Idiom a babe in arms a babe in the woods a bad taste in my mouth a bad time a ball-park figure a bar fly a bar star

Meaning a baby, a child who is wet behind the ears a defenseless person; a naive, young person a feeling that something is false or unfair, a feeling of ill will a lot of teasing, a rough time a number that is near the total; approximate figure a person who often goes to bars or lounges a girl who goes to bars to drink and

Example Dar was just a babe in arms when we emigrated to Canada. He's just a babe in the woods. He needs someone to protect him. I left the meeting with a bad taste in my mouth. There was a lot of dishonesty in the room. The class gave him a bad time about his pink shorts. Fifty is a ball-park figure. It's close to our class size. Every evening Penny goes to Lucifer's. She's quite a bar fly. Lola was known as a bar star

find friends a bare-faced lie a barnburner a barrel of laughs a basket case a bawling out a bed of roses a bee in her bonnet a beehive of activity a big rig a big shot a big wheel a big wig a bimbo a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush a bit at sea a bit dense a bit off/a bit mental a bitch [B] a deliberate lie, a planned lie an exciting game, a cliff-hanger a lot of fun, a person who makes you laugh a person who is very nervous, in bad shape a scolding, a lecture, an earful, catch it an easy life, a pleasant place to work or stay upset, a bit angry, on edge a busy place, a room full of working people a big truck, a semi-trailer truck an important person, a boss, a big wheel a person with power, a big shot an important person, a president etc., VIP a foolish girl, an airhead

at Pinky's Lounge. His statement to the police was false - a bare-faced lie. When the Flames play the Oilers it's a barnburner - a great game. Let's invite Chang to our party. He's a barrel of laughs. If Gloria has one more crisis, she'll be a basket case. When I forgot to do my chores Dad gave me a bawling out. Who said that retirement is a bed of roses? Aunt Betsy was kind of cranky, like she had a bee in her bonnet. The kids are making crafts. It's a beehive of activity in there! Do you have a driver's license? Have you ever driven a big rig? On payday he spends money like a big shot, buying drinks for all. Bing has been acting like a big wheel since he got promoted. Barry is a big wig in Gulf Oil - a vice president or something. Don't call any girl a bimbo, please. When searching for a better job, remember A bird in the hand... . He seems a bit at sea since his brother died. They were close.

having one is better than seeing many

a bit unsure, uncertain (See dense) not rational, unbalanced, one brick short a complaining woman, a woman who nags

Kate talks to the birds. Do you think she's a bit off? What a bitch! She complains to us and criticizes her kids.

a bite to eat a bitter pill a black mark

a lunch, a snack a negative event, a loss, a painful experience a mark beside your name means you are bad refusal to broadcast an event during that event a policy that requires lights to be turned off eyes show that a person does not understand, the lights are on but... a great time, a lot of fun a problem that becomes a benefit or advantage giving oral sex to a man, fellatio a flat tire, a tire that breaks suddenly to win by a large score, no contest something to argue about, a matter to discuss a nice change, a new presence

We can grab a bite to eat at the arena. They sell snacks there. Divorce is a bitter pill for her. She believed in her marriage. If you cause an accident, you get a black mark beside your name. A blackout is intended to encourage fans to attend an event. Blackouts prevented bombers from seeing their targets at night. When I called her name, she gave me a blank look, as though she didn't know me. The students were having a blast until the teacher walked in. The rainstorm was a blessing in disguise. It stopped the fire. If you want a blow job, you'll have to shower first. We were late because our van had a blowout on the freeway. "Did the Flames win?" "Ya, 112. It was a blowout." Joe sounded angry when he said, "I have a bone to pick with you." Having Lan around the house is a breath of fresh air - she's so nice. In the evening, the lake was calm. There wasn't a breath of wind. Parveen helped me get through my divorce. She's a real brick!

a blackout (TV)

a blackout (war)

a blank look

a blast a blessing in disguise a blow job [B] a blowout a blowout a bone to pick a breath of fresh air a breath of wind

a breeze, a light wind a dependable person, a friend who always helps (See one brick short of a full load) a child who appears to be very intelligent a big, reckless person in a room full of fragile things; cramp your style

a brick a brick short a budding genius a bull in a china shop

The newspaper described Pam as "a budding genius" on the violin. Imagine a 300-pound football player at a tea party, and you

have a bull in a china shop. a bum rap unfair blame, unjust sentence, take the rap an unfortunate event, bad luck, too bad pregnant, expecting a baby It was a bum rap. Eddie didn't steal those paintings. "Somebody broke a window in his car and stole his stereo." "That's a bummer." Mabel has a bun in the oven. The baby's due in April. "Do you believe what the psychic said about your future?" "No. It's a bunch of malarkey." May has so many problems she's just a bundle of nerves.

a bummer

a bun in the oven a bunch of malarkey

an untrue story, a lot of bunk, bull

a bundle of nerves a very nervous person; uptight person a card a case of a caution a cheap drunk a checkup (See such a card) an example of, it's a case of a bold or shocking person, no shrinking violet a person who gets drunk on one or two drinks a doctor's examination, a medical examination

Look at Bosnia. That's a case of ethnic civil war. She is a caution! She told the judge he was all wrong. Jo admits she's a cheap drunk. Her limit is two drinks. If you aren't feeling well, go to the doctor for a checkup. No one will be hungry if there's a chicken in every pot. The grandmothers were talking happily - having a chin wag. Eric is a chip off the old block. He's just like his dad. I bet that condo cost him a chunk o' change - 300 grand at least. You'll never get a clean bill of health if you eat fat meat! Every election in this town is a real cliff-hanger - a close race. That was a close call. The train nearly hit the bus! The old man described his fight with the bear as a close shave.

a chicken in every enough food for every family pot a chin wag a chip off the old block a chunk of change a clean bill of health a cliff-hanger a close call a close shave a conversation, a visit a boy who is like his dad, the apple doesn't... a large amount of money, a few grand, big bucks a good report from the doctor, a good checkup a game that is close until the end, a barnburner close to danger or an accident very close to serious injury or death

a clutch hitter (baseball) a common thread a contract out on a coon's age a crash course a crush on a crying shame a cut above a cut-up a daredevil a dead giveaway a dead heat a dead loss a dead ringer a dickens of a time a different kettle of fish a dildo [B] a dime a dozen a dog's age

a batter who hits when runners are on Joe's a clutch hitter. He's batting base .431 with runners on base. an idea or theme that is similar to others a contract that pays to have someone killed many years, a dog's age a short course that has the main facts and skills sudden feeling of love or romance a sad event, it is too bad superior, better a joker, a person who tells jokes and has fun a daring person, bodacious, take a chance a clear signal, an obvious sign a race that finishes in a tie for first, dead even There's a common thread in most of Berton's stories. There's a contract out on Mike. The boss doesn't like him. We haven't been out to the coast in a coon's age. It's been years. He took a crash course in cooking and bought a cafe. Judy has a crush on Tim. See the way she looks at him. It's a crying shame that they didn't have fire insurance. A scholar's work is a cut above. It's superior to the others. When Marsha goes to a party she's a real cut-up - a lot of fun. What a daredevil! She jumped across a ten-foot chasm! The smile on her face was a dead giveaway that she got the job. A photograph of the finish line proved that it was a dead heat.

a complete loss, a write-off (see write The spoiled meat was a dead it off) loss. We couldn't eat any of it. a very close likeness, like a twin a difficult task, a task with problems, a hell of a time different, not the same a manufactured penis, a vibrator shaped like a penis very cheap, low priced, dirt cheap Chad is a dead ringer for Mel Gibson. They look like twins. After the car slid in the ditch we had a dickens of a time getting it back on the road. A cult is not a religion. A cult is a different kettle of fish entirely. "When Ed's away I use a dildo." "Oh. That's interesting." He can remember when eggs were cheap - a dime a dozen.

a long time, 10-15 years, a coon's age Mel! I haven't seen you for a

dog's age - at least ten years! a dog's breakfast a dog's life a mixture of many things, a hodgepodge a poor life, hard times a bag or container for food you don't eat at the restaurant or caf a device that can help you and hurt you a drug that relaxes you, a sedative an event or statement that causes sadness a boring time, a yawner a scolding, a lecture, a piece of my mind a small part, a tiny piece, the tip of the iceberg an odd combination of things, a strange mixture of items, a dog's breakfast, Fibber McGee's closet a fight, a skirmish; set-to This book is a dog's breakfast. It contains a bit of everything. Without a job, it's a dog's life. If we can't eat all the lobster, ask for a doggy bag and we'll take it home. We can have it for lunch tomorrow. Truth is a double-edged sword. It can imprison me or set me free. Before bedtime he took a downer to help him relax and sleep. News of the war was a downer. Most of the people dreaded war. Mary's party was a drag. We just sat around and talked. Mother gave me a dressing down when I said bad words. This donation is only a drop in the bucket, but it is appreciated. When Lynn opened the lid of the box she found a duke's mixture everything from jewelry to birdseed! The boys argued and had a little dust-up, but no one got hurt. The insurance company gave us a fair shake - paid all our damages. Guy and Jean had a falling out. They argued about religion. A man with a gun said, "If you make a false move, you're dead." This is good sherry, but it's a far cry from the amontillado. When I mention horses, you get a faraway look in your eyes. A letter to the editor of a paper is

a doggy bag

a double-edged sword a downer (drug) a downer (sadness) a drag a dressing down a drop in the bucket

a duke's mixture

a dust-up

a fair shake

a fair deal, a just settlement

a falling out a false move a far cry a faraway look a fart in a

a disagreement, a break in friendship a wrong move, a threatening action not similar, very different the eyes show thoughts of a distant place or friend an act that has no effect, an

windstorm a fat lip a feather in your cap a few bricks short of a full load

unimportant event a hit on the lip, an injured lip an honor, a credit to you, chalk one up for you

like a fart in a windstorm. Stop bothering her or I'll give you a fat lip. I'll hit you. Because you are Karen's teacher, her award is a feather in your cap. When Moe began eating bugs, we knew he was a few bricks short. The team already had two guards, so I felt like a fifth wheel. If I can get a job interview, I'll have a fighting chance. We got a fill-up before we left Winnipeg. The truck needed gas. Sometimes there is a fine line between love and lust. She read the file carefully - went over it with a fine-toothed comb. The students in Grade 8 need a teacher with a firm hand. I'm looking for a steady worker, not a flash in the pan. A fleeting glance from Marilyn would make his heart beat wildly. I'd like to be a fly on the wall in the Judge's chambers. After he had spent his fortune, he remembered this saying: A fool and his money are soon parted. That he'll graduate is a foregone conclusion. He is a good student. The President gave Ms. Drake a free hand in choosing the colors. There was a free-for-all after the dance, and Brendan got hurt.

not sensible or logical, not all there

a fifth wheel

a useless object, an unnecessary device a fair chance, a good chance a full tank of gasoline, fill her up a close relationship, not much difference a careful search, a search for a detail a person who will discipline people a person who does superior work at first a very brief look, a quick glance able to hear and see what a fly would see and hear a fool will spend all his money quickly; easy come, easy go a certain conclusion, a predictable result complete authority, freedom to control a fight without rules, Donnybrook

a fighting chance a fill-up a fine line a fine-toothed comb a firm hand a flash in the pan

a fleeting glance

a fly on the wall a fool and his money are soon parted a foregone conclusion a free hand a free-for-all

a freeze on a fresh pair of eyes a fresh start a full house (cards) a full plate a gaggle of geese a game one a ghost of a chance a glow on a go a go-getter a going concern, a golden opportunity a goner a good arm a good egg a good head a good sport a grain of salt a grain of truth

a stoppage; a decision to stop spending, hiring etc. a different reader, one who has not seen the writing starting again, a new life a pair plus three of a kind, e.g., 2 kings and 3 aces a busy schedule, a lot to do a flock of geese, a bunch of geese a willing player, a rough and ready person a poor chance, not likely to happen slightly drunk, tipsy, catch a buzz (See it's a go) an aggressive employee, a hard worker, gung ho a busy person, an active enterprise, going great guns a good chance to succeed, a good investment something that is lost or beyond help the ability to throw a baseball or football a good-natured person, a good head friendly, generous person; a good egg a person who is fair and friendly (See take it with a grain of salt) a bit of truth, take it with a grain...

Right now there's a freeze on hiring at the plant - no hiring. A fresh pair of eyes may find many errors in this report. In Canada, you will have a fresh start. You can begin a new life. In our last game of poker, you dealt me a full house. Nancy has a full plate these days. She has two jobs and three kids. A gaggle of geese met us as we drove into the farmyard. I can see that Bev's a game one. She plays hard and doesn't quit. That car doesn't have a ghost of a chance. It's too slow! When Myrna gets a glow on, she likes to dance real close.

What a go-getter! He finished the course a month before the others. At three years of age she was a going concern - into everything! The Royal Hotel is for sale. What a golden opportunity! I thought he was a goner, but the cat came back. He's home. Doug is short, but he has a good arm. He's an excellent passer. Everybody likes Marsha. She's a good egg. Sean is a good head. He'll help at the food bank. What a good sport! You never complain, even when you lose.

There's not a grain of truth in

what Brian says. It's all untrue. a handful a handout a hard day a hard row to hoe a hard time a hard-on [B] a hassle a head start a heavy day a heavy hitter a child who is difficult to manage free food or money, freeload a day full of hard work, put in a hard day a difficult task, many problems teasing or bugging, a bad time an erect penis, a hard penis a problem, a bother a chance to start ahead of the other runners etc. a busy day, a hard day a person who can hurt you, a heavyweight a person with a lot of power, a heavy hitter, a shogun, VIP Jason is not easy to manage. He is a real handful for his mother. I'm not asking for a handout. I'll pay you back when I find work. You look tired, Dear. Did you have a hard day at the office? A single parent has a hard row to hoe, working day and night. Ken will give you a hard time about missing that free throw. When our dog gets a hard-on, he tries to crawl up my leg. The tax form is a hassle this year. It's difficult to understand. Give the smallest runner a head start. He can't run very fast. At the end of a heavy day he likes to sit on the patio and read. Al is a heavy hitter. Don't try to cheat him. If you're promoted to vicepresident, you'll be a heavyweight - a powerful person! "How was the party?" "I wish you had come - we had a hell of a time!" When he's drunk I have a hell of a time getting his car keys. He doesn't want to give me his keys. May was always ready with a helping hand. The money he lost doesn't amount to a hill of beans. Remember the song Michelle? It was quite a hit. When she's depressed, she'll do

a heavyweight

a hell of a time

a great time, a wonderful event, a blast a difficult task, an awful time, a dickens of a time help with a job or task, lend a hand a small amount, very little a popular song or movie, an idea everybody likes a drug dose, drugs from a needle

a hell of a time

a helping hand a hill of beans a hit a hit

anything for a hit. a hollow leg a holy pile a hoot a horse of a different color a horse's ass [B] a hot hand a hot number a hot ticket a hot topic a hotdog a hothead a hotshot a household name a howling blizzard a humdinger a into g a jim dandy a keeper a kept woman space for a lot of drink, room for a lot Parl drank six bottles of beer. He of beer must have a hollow leg! a lot, very much, tons a time of laughter, a good time, a riot a different matter, a separate issue a fool, a jerk lucky in card games or at gambling a couple (or topic) that everyone is talking about a popular item, a product that people want popular topic, the talk of the town one who plays only for the crowd, a show-off a person who gets angry easily; hot tempered a person who displays; showoff, showboat a name everyone knows; name of a famous person a very bad snowstorm, a winter storm a beautiful car etc. a well-designed product (See ass into gear) a fine piece of work, a beautiful object something you want to keep for a long time a woman who is paid to live with a Mom, you should just see this saddle. It's a jim dandy! "Do you like my leather jacket?" "Ya, man. It's a keeper!" I'm tired of being a kept woman. To feed 20 people, you need a holy pile of spaghetti. Last night we went to Maude's party. It was a hoot. If he wants to buy the land, that's a horse of a different color. After three drinks he was acting like a horse's ass. Walter's got a hot hand tonight. He's won four games of poker. Paul and Rita are a hot number now. They're in love. Anything with James Dean's picture on it is a hot ticket. Sex is a hot topic. Sex will get their attention. Eddie was a hotdog - always trying to excite the crowd. Phil, don't be such a hothead. Try to control your anger. What a hotshot he is - showing everybody his new car. Mario Lemieux, the hockey star, soon became a household name. A howling blizzard delayed us. It was snowing and blowing. Dad, you should see this coupe. It's a humdinger!

man a lady-killer a level playing field a lick and a promise handsome man; a man who charms the ladies; hunk a place where everyone has an equal chance, level the playing field a hasty plan, a quick cleanup, give it the once-over energy, a positive feeling, a shot in the arm someone told me, one of your friends told me

I want to be free of him. "Liam Neeson! He's gorgeous!" she said. "What a lady-killer!" A level playing field includes equal pay for equal work for all men and women. We don't have time to do a thorough cleaning. We'll just give it a lick and a promise. When I need a lift, I watch Oprah. She makes me feel good. "How did you know that I play chess?" "Oh, a little bird told me."

a lift

a little bird told me

a little hair off the (See hair off the dog) dog a little off a little off a little steep not quite centered, not level not quite sane, a bit crazy, one brick short... The picture above the table is a little off. Let's straighten it. When Clem started eating grass, we knew he was a little off.

a little high in price, too much money I'd like to buy that leather coat to pay but the price is a little steep. too much praise, too many nice statements, kiss the blarney stone, over the top His praise for the governor was a little thick, a bit too much, I think.

a little thick