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Common American Phrases in Everyday Contexts

Common American Phrases in Everyday Contexts

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Published by: Nguyễn Thảo Uyên on May 29, 2010
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COMMON AMERICAN PHRASES in Everyday Contexts
Collected by NTU
Here are some phrases frequently used by American in daily life:
what for?
why? For what reason?e.gA: I want you to clean your room.B:
What for?
It’s clean enough.
what goes around, comes around
the result of things that one has done will someday come back to bother one.e.gNow he is the victim of his own policies.
Whatever goes around comes around.
they (just) don’t make them like they used to
good are not as well made now as they were in the past.e.gA: Look at this flimsy door!B:
They don’t meke ‘em like they used to
.
tongue-in-cheek
insincere; joking.e.gThey play seemed very serious at first, but then everyone saw that it was
tongue-in-cheek
, and they began laughing.
twist someone’s words (around)
to restate someone’s words inaccurately when quoting them or trying to understand them.e.gStop
twisting my words around
! Listen to what I am telling you!
under oath

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