By Edward Swick
ESL scholars taking intermediate-level classes will locate this booklet a beneficial complement to their school room textbook. simply as very important, they're going to see it as a competent consultant to the intricacies of idiomatic American English. Why, in any case, 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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Extra resources for American Idioms and Some Phrases Just for Fun (ESL Series)
What's up? I hurried right over after I got your phone call. What's up? To Take Forty Winks This is a synonym for to take a nap. I'm really tired. I need to take forty winks.
The word also suggests that this happens gradually. The sound of her voice died away as she disappeared into the fog. html (1 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:01 PM] Document 37 To Do Without This verb says that someone cannot bear being without a certain person or thing. I'm so depressed. I can't do without her. During the war we learned to do without many luxuries. html (2 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:01 PM] Document Page 9 38 I Wouldn't Dream of It The infinitive form is rarely used with this expression. It appears mostly in its conjugated form and means that someone is certain that he or she would not do something.
44 To Be Fed up With This unusual combination of words says that someone is completely annoyed with someone or something. I quit! I'm fed up with this job. Mom was finally fed up with the behavior of her neighbor's dog and called the police. 45 To Feel Like This phrase has nothing to do with feelings. It is used in place of to wish. Note that it is usually followed by a gerund (going, walking, buying). Do you feel like taking a walk? I really don't feel like arguing about this again. 46 To Fire (Someone) This verb is used to say that someone is being discharged or losing his job.
American Idioms and Some Phrases Just for Fun (ESL Series) by Edward Swick