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BBC Learning English - Today's Phrase_2012_2013

BBC Learning English - Today's Phrase_2012_2013

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To carry a torch for someone
27
th
 July 2012
A man carrying the Olympic torch outside the BBC's offices in White City, London.
Photo by BBC Learning English
Today's Phrase
If you carry a torch for someone, it means you are in love with them.
For example:
 John has carried a torch for Jane for years but she doesn't seem to notice.'George is such a nice guy, isn't he? You carry a torch for him, don't you? o! "ell yes actually# is it ob$ious?' 
Don't confuse it with
To carry the can
 
means to tae the !lame for something.
For example:
%he boss is so la&y but hen there's a mista(e ) alays ha$e to carry the can for him.
Interesting fact
"he Olympic torch relay passed through White City, which was the site of the very first LondonOlympics held in #$%&. "he stadium was demolished in #$& and BBC offices were !uilt in itsplace. A pla(ue on the wall mars the place where the stadium's finishing line was.
 
Under starter's orders
27
th
 July 2012
A man preparing to tae part in a running race.
Photo by istoc( 
Today's Phrase
If you are under starter's orders it means you are waiting for a signal to start a race.
For example:
%he athletes ha$e been aiting for this moment for years. %hey*re under starter*s orders. +nd they*re off!)t as only a second or to but the runners seemed to be under starter*s orders for hours before the istol as fired.
Don't confuse it with
Under arms
 
means supplied with weapons and prepared to start fighting
For example:
%he rebels ere under arms and an attac( as -ust a matter of time.
Interesting fact
)%* nations will !e taing part in the London )%#) Olympics with a!out #%,%% athletesparticipating in the competition. "here will !e +%) events in ) different sports. "his is thethird time London has hosted the games. "he first time was #$%& and the second in #$*&.
 
Like a duck to water
30
th
 July 2012
-e hiwen wins gold for China in the London )%#) *%%m swimming event. "he #/year/old also !roe the world record.
Photo /a$id Gray.
Today's Phrase
If you tae to something lie a duc to water, it means that you discover when you start doinga new activity for the first time, you are very good at it.
For example:
0e too( to golf li(e a duc( to ater. 0e'd ne$er layed before but hit a hole in one!1ate ne$er seemed li(e the mothering tye but hen her daughter as born she too( to it li(ea duc( to ater. 2he as a real natural!
Don't confuse it with
 A sitting duck 
.
 If someone is a sitting duc, it means they are an easy target.
For example:
%he soldiers ere left e3osed on the hill. %hey really ere sitting duc(s for the enemy.
Interesting fact
China's -e hiwen stormed to gold and set a new world record in the women's *%%m medleywith a time of * minutes )&.*+ seconds at the A(uatics Centre. "he #/year/old too a secondoff Australian defending champion tephanie 0ice's record set at Bei1ing )%%&.

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