The Idiom Zone

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Kat C
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The Idiom Zone

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Dear friends,

We have gone through a few idiom practices by now, and the list of the idioms covered is growing. I thought it helpful to put them all in the same thread for easy reference. :mrgreen:

So please see below for the idioms from my last "Idiom Blast." I'd encourage those of you who have done such a tremendous job (and had so much fun! :lol: ) putting idioms into quiz questions on our LINE group to post them here too. And do feel free to add any more that you've learned and care to share. Questions are welcome too! I'll do my best to answer them.

Idioms are our friends! 🌹

Kat
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Idioms in the dialogue:

A: "Congratulations on finishing the marathon!”
B: “Thanks! I can’t believe I pulled it off.”
A: “Did you find it difficult?”
B: “My legs started hurting during the last five miles – but all the people cheering us on definitely helped me pull through the pain and reach the finish line."

(Espresso English)

The Dialogue Game:
(Useful everyday idioms, especially good for work. These are 4 separate conversations; the speakers are not the same group of people, and are not talking about related events.)

A: Okay, let’s get the money issue out of the way first. Any thoughts?
B: I’m not sure cutting the budget is the way to go. We may run short down the road.
C: I agree. We were really in a bind last time. It was touch and go.
D: I’ve leaned my lesson too. Let’s set aside some funds to cover our backs.

A: So are we all set to go? We really need to get a move on.
B: Hold on. I know I missed something, but it just slipped my mind.
C: Hurry! You know the boss has been breathing down our necks.
D: Is it money? Don’t worry. The boss is footing the bill this time.
E: That's a load off my mind. In that case, shall we?

A: Are we all up to speed on the plan? Any more kinks to iron out?
B: I don’t think so. Let’s just take the plunge and kick it off.
C: Do you think the other team will be all up in arms over this?
D: We’ll never know until we cross that bridge. Let’s roll!
E: Yes, let's! I really think we have it made this time.
("Let's" is a way to agree to the "let's" proposal just made)

A: I need everyone to keep this to yourself. Not even a peep.
B: I get the picture. We don’t want the whole plan to go up in smoke.
C: What if the other team catches wind of this from the top?
D: Well, they’ll pull out all the stops and come after us.

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The Idiom Blast:

to take off (4 usages)
to put down (4 usages) (We didn't mention: "kill" <put the animals down> or "take something as" <put it down as a mistake>)
to back up (4 usages)
last but not least
to ease someone's way into something
to go down the drain
to pull no punches
a nice / good problem to have

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Tip: Identify worn-out verbs and try out idioms in their place:

e.g., I have to go. / She left. → I have to take off. / She took off.
e.g., We need to cancel the meeting. → We need to call off the meeting.
e.g., The meeting has been delayed. → The meeting has been pushed back.

Pretty soon you'll find many idioms in your conversations to help you sound more natural and engaging! 👍

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as always
to bring something to the table (/ meeting / group, etc.)
(e.g., She brought tremendous insight to the research.)
better yet
to pull together
(e.g., The police are pulling together all the facts to try to figure out what happened last night.)
to have to offer
to set up
worn-out
to try out
in someone's / something's place
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The company pulled out all the s_____s for the CEO's retirement party.

The senator is going to have to pulled out all the s_____s if he's to have any chance of winning this election.

(To do something with maximum effort or ability; to use all or the best available resources when doing something.)






Answer: pull out all the stops
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:sun: :sun: :sun: :sun:



If the press c_____es w____ of this, the campaign will be over.

(To become aware of something, especially something being kept secret, through indirect means.)


Answer: 8)
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We just installed a new computer program, and we're still i___ning o__ the k__ks

(To remove or fix any small problems that are present in something, such as a project, and put the thing into a finished state)

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Some of the figures in the book "Poor Economics" don't seem to a__ u_, but I don't think the authors are trying to p__l a f___ o__.

(seem reasonable or consistent)
(to deceive, cheat, trick sb)

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Thanks Kat. I was really __ a r__l with idioms yesterday. That doesn't c___ __ often.

(1.Experiencing a particularly successful period, without any setbacks or low points)
(2. happen)
(both of the two-letter blanks are prepositions)

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In a new book about his tenure as President Donald Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton p___ no p____es in his criticism of Trump

( express disapproval without trying to be kind or polite)
(to p___ one's p____es: the expression comes from boxing and means to hit less hard than one can)

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A: I can't wait to read the book.
B: You may not get to read it as Trump is p___ing o__ a__ the s___(s) to try and prevent the book from release.

( do everything you can to make something happen or succeed)

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Negotiations always get tougher towards the end. That's the n____ of the b____.

(the basic, inherent quality or character of something, especially a negative or difficult one)

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Protesters across the US are u_ i_ a__s against racial injustice and police brutality.

(they are very angry about it and are protesting strongly)
Hint: the first two are prepositions; the third is a plural noun

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Ans: ironing out the kinks, add up, pull a fast one, on a roll, come up, pull no punches, pulling out all the stops, nature of the beast, up in arms
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A: Is Jolin coming to dinner this Saturday?

B: I sent her an invitation last night, but don’t hold your b____h.

(used to say that something is not going to happen soon)

A: What would you like on your burger?

B: I’ll have tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese… well, the whole nine y__ds! (4個字母)

(everything you can possibly want, have, or do in a particular situation)

關於這句話的出處有很多,可是沒有人能證實那一個才是真正的出處,有一個算是比較合理的出處是跟賣布有關: 據說在十八世紀的時候,布商賣布通常以九碼爲單位,所以 “The whole nine yards” 就是一匹布的意思

We paid through the n__e to get the car fixed.
我們修這輛車花了大錢。
(4 letters; simple noun)

據說在九世紀的時候,丹麥攻陷愛爾蘭,丹麥想算一下愛爾蘭有多少人,可是他們不是算人頭,而是算鼻子,然後要向「每一個鼻子」徵收昂貴的稅金,聽說付不出稅金的人,鼻子會被劃一刀,作爲懲罰。
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Politicians these days are more interested in playing to the ga___y than exercising real influence on world events.

(to do or say something just because you think it will please people and make you popular; 譁眾取寵)

Kooper jumped down our th___ts when we talked about politics on LINE group today.

(informal
to suddenly speak angrily to someone)

They rob someone on the street and they get a slap on the w___t – thirty days in jail.

(a small punishment when a more severe punishment is deserved)

F__ be it from me to tell you what to do, but I think you should buy the book.

(it is not really my place to do something.)
3個字母, 非常簡單的形容詞

片語
There is no da_____t between official government and special interests in Trump administration.

( Two things are very closely related or intertwined.)

People scrambed to s__ a___e masks, food, and toilet paper after Covid-19 outbreak.

(to save/reserve something for a later use)

The KMT candidate for the mayor of Kaoshuing is a relatively unknown qu____y.

(a person or a thing whose abilities, powers, or effects are not yet known)

The fact that she needed the money for her children is neither h__e nor t___e – it’s still stealing.

(used to say that something is not important because it does not affect a fact or situation
= irrelevant)

Some of the figures in the book "Poor Economics" don't seem to a__ u_, but I don't think the authors are trying to p__l a f___ o__.

(seem reasonable or consistent)
(to deceive, cheat, trick sb)

A: I knew you wouldn't win the game.

B: H_______t is 20/20
(放馬後炮誰都會呀!)

As in any profession, there is an occasional person who does not have the skillset or temperament to properly do the job. However, defunding the police because of a few would be a classic example of throwing the b__y out with the bathwater.

(to lose valuable ideas or things in your attempt to get rid of what is not wanted)

A: Does your son help you with the housework?
B: Once in a blue m__n!

(Not very often)

Kim Yo Jong(金與正) would be the first member of North Korea's ruling family ever to enter the halls of power of a s___n enemy.

(two people or groups of people who will always hate each other)
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People scrambled to s__ a___e masks, food, and toilet paper during Covid-19 outbreak.
(to save/reserve something for a later use)

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Ans: set aside
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