By Edward Swick
ESL scholars taking intermediate-level classes will locate this booklet a beneficial complement to their lecture room textbook. simply as very important, they are going to see it as a competent advisor to the intricacies of idiomatic American English. Why, in spite of everything, may still a newcomer to the English language be anticipated to make experience out of such words as get at the ball...make a beeline...have a bone to select? those and dozens extra words are defined, "translated" into extra formal English, and repeated in a number of contexts.
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Why do we have to spend so many days with these people? A PHRASE JUST FOR FUN MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY This phrase is used primarily in the form given above. It is used as a form of congratulations for a special day such as a birthday, anniversary, or wedding. " 101 A Stone's Throw This is a synonym for near or nearby. Their house is just a stone's throw from ours. 102 A Swelled Head This unusual expression says that someone is conceited or feeling over confident about something. Don't flatter her.
I read the last several pages of Anne Frank's diary with a lump in my throat. After the film he couldn't speak because he had a lump in his throat. 77 To Make Believe This is a synonym for the verb to pretend. Let's make believe we're hunting in the jungle. The children like to make believe. 78 To Make Oneself at Home Use this expression to say that you are so comfortable in someone else's home that you feel that you are almost in your own home. Take off your shoes and make yourself at home. They were so kind to me that they made me feel right at home.
I loved her so much. 53 The Gift of Gab Use this idiom when you want to say that someone is a very talented speaker or has the ability to convince others of what he or she believes. Anna has the gift of gab. She was able to talk the policeman out of the traffic ticket. You should be a car salesman. You really have the gift of gab. 54 On the Go This phrase is usually used in place of busy and in a hurry. John is always rushing somewhereto work, then to school, then home again. He's always on the go.
American Idioms and Some Phrases Just for Fun (ESL Series) by Edward Swick