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eye-opener something new and surprising that one can learn something from it Listening to him talk about his adventures in China was a real eye-opener. ____________________ have a screw loose To be a little bit crazy, or not acting normally. Paul has had a screw loose ever since his girlfriend left him. ____________________ be a wiz at something (verb phrase) to be very good at doing something You are a wiz at math! "You should be a math teacher." ____________________ dry run (noun phrase) a practice session, a rehearsal I'd like to do a dry run of our presentation. I need more practice using the microphone. ____________________ sick as a dog (adjective) [informal] to be very sick Yesterday I was sick as a dog with the flu. I stayed in bed all day. ____________________ brainstorm To concentrate on finding ideas, either alone or as a group; to think hard about a solution to a problem. Let's all sit around and brainstorm about how to solve global warming. ____________________ follow one's heart (verb phrase) to make important decisions based on your dreams and goals

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I'm quitting my job and I'm going to follow my heart. I've decided to move to Rome." tough cookie (noun phrase) [informal] a strict or determined person I don't think Susan will let you take the day off on Friday. She's a tough cookie. ____________________ peeping Tom Someone who watches other people without their knowledge; a voyeur. Make sure you close your shades at night - you never know when a peeping Tom might be watching. ____________________ in someone's hair Constantly annoying; bothering someone again and again. My little brother is always getting in my hair ____________________ paper tiger A threat that lacks force; a bluff For a long time, the United States regarded mainland China as a paper tiger, but now the U.S. is treating China as a genuine military threat. ____________________ monkey business Foolish or mischievous conduct; silly behavior marked by jokes and pranks. Enough with this monkey business! Let's get serious -- we have an important meeting in five minutes! ____________________ bad egg A troublemaker or criminal. That Emily is a real bad egg -- she's always starting fights and causing trouble.

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Don't throw your weight around unless you absolutely have to -.I saw him give his cab driver a $100 tip! quick buck Fast and easy profit.all he wants is to make a quick buck. ____________________ throw your weight around To use your authority or influence.people might start to dislike you! ____________________ knucklehead A stupid person You knucklehead! How could you have mixed the dog food with the cereal ? ____________________ 4 . ____________________ money to burn Great wealth.____________________ work your fingers to the bone To labor very hard under difficult conditions. He doesn't care about you -. money made in a short period of time. excessive amount of money. usually in a way that annoys other people. ____________________ Hype Loud advertising and promotion The new movie by Steven Spielberg is getting a lot of hype. Donald Trump has money to burn -. Henry worked his fingers to the bone to make sure the project was finished on time.

why don't you cut to the chase and tell us what happened after dinner. or out of touch with reality Suzie is a real space cadet -. Peter and Sabah have really been on the same wavelength lately -. and we finished up an hour early. ____________________ Easy as pie Very simple. ____________________ space cadet Someone who is generally unaware. thinking the same thing as another person. ____________________ Out like a light To fall asleep very quickly. Wrong side of the tracks The poor part of town.they agree about almost everything.I don't think she even knows what day it is. ____________________ cut to the chase (expression) [informal] used to tell someone to get to the main point Paul. but eventually he became a millionaire. 5 . easily The job was easy as pie . Chris came from the wrong side of the tracks . tinted glasses. or not paying attention. Nice shades! They make you look like Tom Cruise ____________________ on the same wavelength Sharing a common understanding.Shades Sunglasses.

a rational. ____________________ Play hooky ( phrase) staying away from school without permission ".. sudden impulse to relieve oneself. Timothy is really down-to-earth.." ____________________ Hush-hush Something that is hush-hush is secret and not to be discussed with other people.. If you have to go to the bathroom then go. ____________________ Back stabber One who attacks another person unfairly. if you want some advice.. level-headed person. I was out like a light as soon as I got into bed. because the company is filled with back stabbers and liars. and without warning. one who secretly plots against a friend. the misadventures of a happy-go-lucky boy who plays hooky from school. sincere and honest.After working a twelve hour shift yesterday. ____________________ Down-to-earth Someone who is sensible and practical. especially without much preparation "How did you pull dinner together so fast? It only took you 10 minutes!" 6 .. don't fight the call of nature. I've heard that Greedie Corporation is a terrible place to work. ____________________ Call of nature The need or urge to go to the toilet. you ought to talk to him.. They were desperate to keep the marriage hush-hush pull something together (verb phrase) to get things organized.

____________________ potbelly (noun) [offensive] a round. or inappropriate John's comments are really off base. but it's none of his business. fat stomach Karen's getting a potbelly. or inside information Let me give you the lowdown on the new Thai restaurant. wrong. ____________________ old-timer (noun) [offensive] an old person I don't think any of the old-timers will like this new music. ____________________ off base (adjective) incorrect. It's too loud and fast. She should start exercising. ____________________ loaded (adjective) very rich Paul's loaded. He inherited a lot of money and now he's got three cars and two houses. 7 . ____________________ wiped out (adjective) extremely tired I'm wiped out from painting the house all day in the hot sun. The dinner dishes are terrific. ____________________ the lowdown (noun phrase) [informal] the truth about something. He thinks he can tell me who to date. but the lunch dishes are boring.

I'm so out of it. but it's not enough." a drop in the bucket (noun phrase) a very small amount of something compared with the amount that is needed "We have some money to help the homeless people. Jack lost all of his work when his computer went haywire ____________________ out of it To be in a daze or incoherent. It's just a drop in the bucket. ____________________ the whole nine yards (expression) used to describe something that is complete or total Margie went shopping for her big date and she bought a new dress." ____________________ haywire In a state of chaos. pearls-. Everybody makes mistakes. not feeling as one normally should. shoes. Nancy. not in a good state of mind. but we need to tweak it before we send it to the president.____________________ no hard feelings (expression) used after a disagreement to tell someone that you aren't angry " No hard feelings. not functioning.." 8 . and all I see now are formulas and equations.the whole nine yards ____________________ tweak (verb) [informal] to make small changes to improve something "This report looks OK. I've been studying for physics since last week.

It was a wild goose chase. When did you get it. mail that is carried. obsolete." ____________________ snail mail Letters sent through the post office. My roomate is such a couch potato . ____________________ bust digits To get someone's telephone number I need a date for tomorrow night. That cell phone you're using is a real dinosaur. ____________________ dinosaur Very old. ____________________ couch potato One who sits in front of the television for long periods of time. 1983 ? cut it out (expression) [informal] used to tell someone to s doing something Cut it out ! I can't study when you're making so much noise. out of date.last weekend he watched television for 14 hours straight! ____________________ 9 . but we never found it. so I'm going to try to bust some digits tonight. as opposed to e-mail. I sent the payment by snail mail so you should get it by next Friday.____________________ wild goose chase (noun phrase) a difficult and useless search for something "We drove around for three hours looking for the restaurant. with little or no physical activity.

Everyone can tell he's in love with Sarah! ____________________ be in someone's shoes (verb phrase) to try to understand how you might feel in another person's situation I wouldn't want to bein Paul's shoes. to be mistaken. Erin gets stoned at every party she goes to …. It's freezing outside and all of my plants are dying! ____________________ barking up the wrong tree Looking for something in the wrong place. to lose control. unexceptional 10 .wear your heart on your sleeve To make your true feelings and emotions known at all times. Tanya tried to get some money from her uncle. without restraint Richard really wears his heart on his sleeve. not rare. a state of incoherence. ____________________ cold spell (noun phrase) unusually cold weather that lasts for a certain period of time I can't wait until this cold spell is over. but she was barking up the wrong tree he doesn't have a dime! stoned Intoxicated with drugs or alcohol. He owes the bank $10. not special. easy to find.000 and he doesn't even have a job. to show your feelings publicly. ____________________ dime a dozen common. I knew Joe would go bananas when he found out he's not getting a raise this year. ____________________ go bananas To be irrational and wild.

I don't want to wait until next week to begin. That's a bad neighborhood -. I didn't really feel like there was a light at the end of the tunnel until I saw the finish line. Stephan spends all day on his computer and never talks to anybody. They bore me. ____________________ be at odds with someone (verb phrase) to be in disagreement with someone 11 . What a dweeb. It's just not interesting to watch cars crash. car chase scenes are a dime a dozen these days. ____________________ light at the end of the tunnel a pleasant situation in the future which gives you a lot of hope and optimism I ran a marathon last week. It was so long and I was so tired. I mean. someone who is interested only in schoolwork or computers. ____________________ dweeb A nerd. the state of nakedness. ____________________ junkie A drug addict. ____________________ birthday suit Wearing nothing but skin. ____________________ get a head start on something (verb phrase) to start doing something earlier than necessary I'm going to get a head start on my homework. She showed up at the party wearing nothing but her birthday suit.I'm getting tired of action movies.it's filled with junkies and prostitutes.

so I'm wearing a hat. Happy Birthday. ____________________ Uncle Sam The U.I was at odds with Mary about the schedule. a patriotic figure who symbolizes the United States. but I couldn't. offensive] to become angry and act or yell in a crazy way Selena went nuts when I told her the bad news. ____________________ go nuts ( verb phrase ) [informal. ____________________ love handles Unsightly fat that shows from the sides at the waist. Uncle Sam ____________________ bad hair day (noun phrase) a day when someone's hairstyle doesn't look as good as it could I'm having a bad hair day today. government.my love handles are growing! 12 . She wanted me to work on Saturday. don't jump the gun. ____________________ birdbrain (noun) [offensive] a stupid. Listen to what he has to say before you make a decision. unintelligent person Don't be a total birdbrain. I need to exercise more -. jump the gun To act too soon.. without thinking carefully. July 4th is Independence Day in the United States. usually on men. to act on an impulse. before the proper time. The directions are completely clear. Hey.S.

. ____________________ screw up (verb) 13 . so now she's out of the loop.____________________ backbone (noun) courage or strength Show a little backbone! Don't always agree with everyone at the meeting. Billy is a bit of a lady's man -. and must begin again None of the plans for the new park were successful. ____________________ nerd (noun) [offensive] a boring or unpopular person Some people think that all engineers are nerds. It was fantastic! ladies' man A man who is popular with women. he gets at least a dozen phone numbers from cute girls. ____________________ have the time of one's life (expression) used to describe an experience that is unusually fun or enjoyable We had the time of our lives on vacation in Las Vegas. failed.every time we go out for drinks. ____________________ out of the loop (adjective) not involved with a current discussion or situation Michelle's been on vacation for a month. so now we're back to square one. ____________________ back to square one (expression) used to describe a situation where you tried to accomplish something. a man who pursues women with great enthusiasm.

____________________ to rub someone the wrong way (verb phrase) to annoy someone by doing something that the person doesn't like It really rubs me the wrong way when Daryl visits without calling first. but no one would take her. 14 . ____________________ Down in the dumps Depressed and miserable She’s feeling a bit down in the dumps and needs cheering up. It's in tip-top condition. miss the boat (verb phrase) to fail to take advantage of an opportunity That computer company is so successful now. It was over his head. John really missed the boat when he didn't take that job with them. ____________________ over one's head (prepositional phrase) [offensive] too difficult for someone to understand John watched the movie but he didn't understand it. I hope he doesn't get fired. the highest degree Carlos takes really good care of his car. ____________________ tip-top (adjective) the very best.[offensive] to make a big mistake or to do something poorly Tony really screwed up today's presentation to the CEO. ____________________ bent out of shape (adjective phrase) upset or angry Jan is bent out of shape because she wanted to go to the zoo.

____________________ living large (adjective phrase) [informal] living a very comfortable or expensive lifestyle Tina is really living large. ____________________ drop-dead gorgeous (adjective phrase) [informal] very beautiful or handsome Gloria is drop-dead gorgeous. She has a house in the city and another at the beach. Herbert got into a fender bender while he was looking for a parking place. I hated it and felt out of my depth. or make any personal calls. ____________________ 15 .____________________ Out of my depth A situation that is too difficult to cope with I’d always struggled at school. where there is slight damage to the body of the car but no serious injuries. ____________________ lay down the law (verb phrase) to set strict rules The new boss really laid down the law. Now no one can leave work before 5 p.m. She could be a model. ____________________ Go under ( verb phrase ) Business or project fails to continue its operation If one firm goes under it could provoke a cascade of bankruptcies. fender bender A minor car accident.

____________________ 16 .. and Chase is practically a basket case. ____________________ a tall order difficult thing to do Financing your studies may seem like a tall order but there is plenty of help available. ____________________ crash course concentrated.we thought something awful must have happened to you. short term course I did a 15-week crash course in typing. Mrs.take a breather (verb phrase) to rest or s doing something for a short period of time Let's take a breather after we finish these homework exercises. Nakamoto was worried sick. ____________________ nuts and bolts The detailed and practical aspects of a subject or activity Powell is getting into the nuts and bolts of a timeline for implementing the Mitchell proposals.. ____________________ basket case someone who is so nervous or anxious that they cannot deal with simple situations We were all totally stressed out --. ____________________ rank and file ordinary members in an organization Substantial numbers of rank and file members ignored their union's advice .

French leave leaving without saying goodbye He took French leave during the dinner party 17 .

AMERICAN IDIOMS Jump Down Someone s Throat Tongue-in-Cheek Smell a Rat Shoot Off One s Mouth Go to the Dogs Get in Someone s hair Pull Someone s Leg Cat Got Your Tongue Leave Someone High and Dry On the Line Horse Around Feel Like a Million Dollars Straight From the Horse s Mouth Hang On For the Birds Make Ends Meet Let the cat out of the Bag Money talks Take the Bull by the Horns Eating Someone Drive Someone Up a Wall Jump the Gun Cough Up Bend Over Backwards Scratch Someone s Back 18 .

I can't understand it. We'd better call the Knock Someone s Socks Off police. I'm convinced that something is definitely wrong here. I smell a rat. It's true that it has become run-down and in serious need of repair. 19 . I guess with a little carpentry work and some paint it could look pretty decent. it seemed to him that there was something fishy going on. but I'm sure that it can be fixed up to look like new. He called the central office and explained to his superior that he thought something strange and suspicious was occurring. Wet Blanket Up One s Sleeve Me. Lose One s Shirt Out of the Woods Spill the Beans Lemon The Early Bird Catches the Worm Pay Through the Nose Stick Out One s Neck Play It by Ear Bite the Dust Go to the Dogs Have you seen their house lately? It's really gone to the dogs.Turn Someone Off Fishy Kick the Bucket Smell a Rat Get Off Someone s Back String Someone Along How come the front door is open? Didn't you close it before we went shopping? All Thumbs Not Have a Leg to Stand On I'm sure I did. too. Frankly. Fishy When the security guard saw a light in the store after closing hours.

I got it straight from the horse's mouth! Horse Around Did you hear about Dave's back injury? No.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. but he shouldn't have been aimlessly playing around on the equipment without proper supervision. For the Birds They went to a poetry reading. and the foreign language department was planning on presenting him with some luggage at his retirement dinner. 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. She had been putting off taking lessons. That's too bad. even though someone had told him what he was getting before the official presentation. 20 . He somehow lost his grip and fell on his back. At the dinner Bob acted surprised. You mean Jill told you so herself? That's right. As far as they were concerned. Let the cat out of the Bag Bob was going to retire from teaching in June. but someone let the cat out of the bag. but she finally took the bull by the horns and went to a professional dance studio for help. He wasn't supposed to know about it. but they got bored and restless. She was tired of feeling left out and acted decisively to correct the situation. after the coach left the gym he decided to stay and horse around on the parallel bars. How did he get hurt? Well.

I don't intend to be late! 21 . You don't have to jump down my throat! I told you that I'd make it home around 11:30. Well.. I'm keeping quiet because I was scared out of my wits! Get in Someone's hair Children! Would you please s making so much noise! And for heaven's sake. Greg! You'd better not come in after midnight again tonight! I know.. but you should try not to let it upset you so much. The children bother me and make me very angry when they're so noisy and messy. Jump Down Someone's Throat That's it. uh. I can't help it .. but he's always shooting off his mouth about how good he is. Jim. What's the matter? Cat got your tongue? If you must know. I know that the children get in your hair. Listen.Cat Got Your Tongue? Come on. 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. Wasn't it exciting? I.. uh. Shoot Off One's Mouth Jim doesn't play tennis very much. dad. Connie! Tell us what you think about our little ride down the rapids yesterday. 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.

you've told me foolish stories before. Tongue-in-Cheek Why were you teasing Sonia about her new hairdo? She really took offense at what you said. Al. he decided that he would not mind paying such a high price for something so rare. I've got good reason. I'm really sorry. tender age. Pay Through the Nose At last Mr. I was invited to be a judge for the Miss America Beauty Pageant! Oh. I didn't mean to offend her. she thought you were serious. After considering the increasing value of the stamp. Since many other stamp collectors would also be bidding for it. She had no idea that you were just saying that as a joke. I can assure you that this one is for real. Well. You can't blame me for getting angry and scolding you. you're pulling my leg! No. Pull Someone's Leg Hey. he realized that he would have to pay through the nose in order to have it. honestly. I was simply making a tongue-in-cheek remark when i said that it was too elaborate for a girl of her young. I suppose I owe her an apology. Smith came upon the rare stamp he had been seeking at an auction. Do you really think that I'm trying to fool you with a ridiculous story? Well. really? Come on.Well. you've said that before and in you come at 2: 30 in the morning. 22 .

23 . They know that you would be taking a great risk and could possibly get hurt. But don't worry. Don't be like that. Can you help me out ? I don't seem to be able to button up the back of my dress. I guess I'm all thumbs because I'm so nervous. It's always more fun not knowing what to expect and deciding what to do as we go along. but you're the only one with enough knowledge to take them to their destination. And what'll we do after that ? Oh. agreed? Sure. Well. I'm sure you'll be amply rewarded. I'm already late for my date. Well. I suppose that being so nervous would make you clumsy and awkward. 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. I'm sure your date will wait. Let's see if I can do it for you. Why should I stick my neck out for them? They didn't pay me for my services. I don't know. That jungle has danger lurking around every corner.Play It by Ear Let's go to the movies. Let's play it by ear. Sure. All Thumbs Hey Bea. I would like to have a more definite plan of action.

Not Have a Leg to Stand On Tom maintains that the firm owes him some back wages for having worked overtime. 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. Come on. I won't be able to make it tonight. but I can't play on them when my folks are at home. I'm bored. Get Off Someone's Back Hey. let's go out and do something. I'll s bothering you only if you promise to let me know the minute you're finished. John. However. My folks tell me that I annoy them and get them really angry whenever I turn up the volume on my stereo. 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. Sorry. I get the same thing at home. Drive Someone Up a Wall Wow ! What a great set of drums! Yeah. They say I drive them up a wall with all the loud banging. they're great. You've been studying for a long time. 24 . I'm right in the middle of studying for a physics exam.

Yes. Where did he go ? Well.String Someone Along Liz had high hopes of marrying Dean. He was planning on surprising her with the tickets fro their anniversary. But he left me high and dry. it's too bad that someone told her about the trip beforehand and ruined Harry's surprise. she realized that he was just stringing her along. but someone spilled the beans. 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. So did I. 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. Leave Someone High and Dry Say. When he ran off with another woman. he went down in defeat. but he bit the dust in the high jump competition. 25 . he got a call from some of his pals at work to go bowling. Her enthusiasm was not dampened in the least! Bite the Dust Andy did exceptionally well in all of the track events. That's OK. losing to a competitor from the visiting team. I did. Much to the disappointment of his fans. I thought that John was going to help you do the dishes tonight. Jill. What a shame ! That was supposed to have been a surprise.

but dad said he'd cough up the money I need since I'm going to be using the computer for my school work. Greg. Cough Up Say. since everybody bent over backwards to help her. If you scratch my back.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. Maybe it was difficult for your dad to give you the money but then. Is it going to take you a while to raise the money? It would have taken me forever. Jump the Gun Denise was planning on telling her grandparents that the doctor said she was going to have twins. he knows that it's for a good cause. Scratch Someone's Back Hey. Everyone tried very hard to help her feel comfortable and adjust to the school. Did you finally get that computer that you wanted so much ? Not yet. I needed to raise a couple of hundred dollars more. He was so excited that he became hasty and revealed the news before Denise had a chance to tell them. And I need some help tidying up the house. Bea. but when her dad found out he jumped the gun and told them before Denise could say a word. Her fears turned out to be unfounded. I need some help stacking these boxes. Would you please give me a hand? OK. 26 . How about your helping me out after that ? OK. I'll scratch yours.

Up One's Sleeve All right. I'll even do the windows. No problem. We kind of guessed that you had some concealed plan and were waiting for the right time to reveal it. Well.I know you don't like doing housework. the old man unfortunately took the secret of its location with him when he died. but he kicked the bucket before telling anyone where it was. he disgusted me when he tried to talk with his mouth full. and I sent her an airplane ticket so that she could be here for his birthday. I don't blame you . On many previous occasions he has kept others from enjoying themselves by his pessimism and lack of enthusiasm. Mind telling us just what you have up your sleeve ? I wanted to make his birthday a very special event. Wet Blanket James was not invited to go on the outing with the rest of the group because he's such a wet blanket. Jean has a sister living in France. I didn't want to say anything until I was sure she could come. Did he say or do something to annoy you? Frankly. but he really turned me off when we went for a snack after the movies. We know that you're planning something big for Jean's birthday. It's understandable that no one wants him around. Turn Someone Off How was your date with Marty last night ? Well. but I'll help you with the boxes if you promise to return the favor. If the treasure exists. 27 . That would have really bothered me too. Kick the Bucket It's been said that the old man knew of a buried treasure. it started of OK. Boy! That is something special. Sara.

What's new ? Oh. She sure did. but she's had nothing but problems with it. It looks good. The doctors told him that he would have to take it easy and avoid exposure to cold. What's new with Dole these days ? He wasn't doing so well. John. he was still not out of the woods. That's too bad. Dole has always liked to bet on the horses. It sounds like she got a real lemon. At this rate he'll never have a penny to his name. Lemon Have you seen Joe's new car yet ? Yeah. Yeah. For one thing.Knock Someone's Socks Off Hi. you'll get so enthused and excited you won't know what to do. he finally got that Italian sports car he's been dreaming about. Eating Someone 28 . but you ought to see Fredo's new car. When you see all the custom features that it has. he told me he lost his shirt at the races. Lose One's Shirt I happened to bump into Dole at lunch yesterday afternoon. Boy. nothing too much with me. I'm not surprised that he lost a great deal of money. I can hardly wait to go for a ride in it. It'll knock your socks off! So. He sure did. No sooner did she drive it home from the dealer's than it proved defective and started breaking down. since he was not out of danger and difficulty yet. Out of the Woods Although Eric was well on his way to recovering from his bout with pneumonia.

What's been eating you lately ? Don't you realize how rude and irritable you've become? I know. He looked great. Although they almost lost their store. but I noticed that he had a slight limp when he walked. they managed to persevere until things got better. Well. Make Ends Meet It's almost impossible trying to keep up with the high cost of living. No. On the Line Lately Tom's been more conscientious about the accuracy and quality of his work with the company. Things are so expensive nowadays that it's very difficult to make ends meet. I'm really sorry for the way I've been acting. why don't you tell me what has been bothering and upsetting you and maybe we can work your problem out together. Hang On During the depression years the Smiths had a great deal of trouble with their business. It must be a refreshing change not having to put up with all that discomfort. even with Lucie's salary. 29 . he began to take his obligations with the company more seriously. Feel Like a Million Dollars I bumped into Nick at the salon yesterday. I didn't. How's he feeling ? He says he's feeling like a million dollars now. He was warned that his job was on the line because of his lack of concern for his duties. It's good that he's feeling so wonderful. It's true. I'll admit that it would help to talk to someone about it. but somehow or other they were able to hang on.Hey. our combined income is hardly enough to pay all the bills. You know. Alice. When Tom was alerted that he was in danger of losing his job. I guess you didn't know that he had an operation on his knee. Apparently the pain in his knee is all gone.

That way I'll get the tickets I want. remember that old saying. by surprise 30 . The Early Bird Catches the Worm Marc. and I'd hate to disappoint her. 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. If you want to have your car maybe you'd better reconsider. but I refuse to pay extra for a service that is owed to me as a client. Well. and happy Pink slip Termination notice from a job Feel blue If you are feeling blue. the lines for the rock festival are going to be miles long! If you expect to get tickets for you and Mary. " The early bird catches the worm " I guess you're right. and people who put in their order after us have already gotten theirs. you are extremely pleased about something. you are emphasizing that it does not happen very often at all. I'll get up real early to get a place at the head of the line. you are feeling sad or depressed often when there is no particular reason. you are fit. In the pink If you are in the pink. Mary is looking forward to the concert. healthy. for sure ! Tickled pink If you are tickled pink. Out of the blue Without any warning. Once in a blue moon If you say that something happens once in a blue moon. money talks.Money talks We've been waiting for three months to get delivery on our car.

Black and white You say that something is in black and white when it has been written or printed. you mean that it is a waste of money because it is completely useless. you mean that it is made to avoid hurting someone's feelings or to avoid trouble and not for an evil purpose. you mean that they are very good at gardening and their plants grow well. they are caught while they are in the act of doing something wrong. White lie If you refer to an untrue statement as a white lie. and not just said. you mean that it is irrelevant and takes your attention away from the main subject or problem you are considering. 31 . Red herring If you say that something is a red herring. Black sheep If you describe someone as the black sheep of their family of a group that they are a member of . you mean that they are considered bad or worthless by other people in that family or group. Red tape You refer to official rules and procedures as red tape when they seem unnecessary and cause delay. they have spent more money than they have in their account and therefore they owe money to the bank. pot calling the kettle black the person who is criticizing someone else is as guilty as the person he accuses In the red If a person or company is in the red or if their bank account is in the red. Red-handed If someone is caught red-handed. See red Become very angry Green thumb If you say that someone has green thumb ( fingers).White elephant If you describe something as a white elephant.

example :. _________________________ A piece of cake If you think something is very easy to do . _________________________ Go bananas If someone is behaving in a silly or mad way. example :... you speak or behave in a way which tells people that you admit you were wrong about something. you can say it is a piece of cake. Green with envy Very jealous.. _________________________ As cool as a cucumber 32 ..Anson was forced to eat humble pie and publicly apologizes to her. you can say that they are going bananas. _________________________ The apple of one's eye If you say that someone is the apple of your eye. they give permission for it to happen or be done.Penny's only son was the apple of her eye.People went bananas with boredom. full of envy With flying colors With great or total success Eat humble pie If you eat humble pie. you mean that they are very important to you and you are extremely fond of them example :. People often say this to s someone feeling worried about doing something they have to do example :...Give someone the green light If someone in authority gives a green light to something.Getting rid of him will be a piece of cake ...

cool as a cucumber. example :.com 33 .zmir Tel : 441 42 84 .You can hardly be held responsible for Darrow waltzing in.Who brings up the baby and who brings home the bacon Sevgi Yolu Güven ş Mrk. _________________________ Bring home the bacon The person in a family who brings home the bacon provides the family with the money they need to live.If you say that someone is as cool as a cucumber. example :.0505 714 78 29 http://englishoffice. 6/610 Alsancak.50webs. and demanding thousands of pounds. you are emphasizing that they are very calm and relaxed. especially when you would not expect them to be.