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“To Propose a Toast” 6th October 2014

“To Propose a Toast” 6th October 2014

“To Propose a Toast” When someone Proposes a Toast they lift their glasses (normally filled with champagne or wine) to someone to wish them happiness or good luck in a new venture. This is a typical feature of a wedding ceremony. E.g. “I would like to propose a Toast the the future happiness of the Bride […]

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“I Heard it Through The Grapevine” 3rd October 2014

“I Heard it Through The Grapevine” 3rd October 2014

“To Hear Something Through the Grapevine.” When you hear something through the grapevine you hear some news or information, which is often a rumour, informally. E.g. “I Heard Through the Grapevine that Sally is pregnant again!” “Wow that’s great! Imagine having six children though!” Vocabulary: Grapevine: This is the vine where grapes are grown, which […]

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“We had a Whale of a Time!” 2nd October 2014

“We had a Whale of a Time!” 2nd October 2014

“To Have a Whale of a Time” If you have a Whale of a Time you have lots of fun or a really good time whilst doing something. E.g. “Helen had a Whale of a Time on her birthday – she took the kids to the theme park and they spent all day on the […]

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“I’m in the in the Doghouse” 1st October 2014

“I’m in the in the Doghouse” 1st October 2014

“To Be in the Doghouse” When somebody is in the doghouse they have done something that has upset or annoyed someone else. E.g. “I’m in the Doghouse because I forgot our wedding anniversary – My wife isn’t talking to me!” Idioms are commonly used by speakers of English in everyday conversation and knowledge of them […]

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“To be Packed in Like Sardines” 30th September 2014

“To be Packed in Like Sardines” 30th September 2014

“To be Packed in Like Sardines” This idiom describes a place or space that is full of people, so much that it is often uncomfortable. E.g. “The concert was ok, but we were packed in like Sardines – we could hardly move!” Idioms are commonly used by speakers of English in everyday conversation and knowledge […]

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“To Be in your Element” 29th September 2014

“To Be in your Element” 29th September 2014

“To Be in your Element” If somebody is in their element they are happy or enjoy with what they are doing normally because they are good at it. E.g. “Lucy was in her element organising the birthday party she’s really good at that sort of thing!” Idioms are commonly used by speakers of English in […]

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“To Get off on the Wrong Foot.” 26th September 2014

“To Get off on the Wrong Foot.” 26th September 2014

“To Get off on the Wrong Foot.” If you get off on the wrong foot with someone you don’t get on well with them the first time you meet them. E.g. “Me and Sally Got off on the Wrong Foot the first time we met – I thought she was rude, but I got the wrong […]

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“To Get the Wrong End of the Stick.” 25th September 2014

“To Get the Wrong End of the Stick.” 25th September 2014

To Get the Wrong End of the Stick This is used to describe when somebody misunderstands an event story or idea. E.g. “When Linda and Mike arrived at the bar together eveyone got the wrong end of the stick and thought they were a couple – they’re just good friends.” Idioms are commonly used by […]

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“The Rat Race” 24th September 2014

“The Rat Race” 24th September 2014

The Rat Race The Rat Race is used to describe a struggle between people whose aim is to improve their financial position or their status. E.g. Working in a financial area of a city. E.g. “David has joined the Rat Race – he moved to London and became a stockbroker, shortly after graduating.” Idioms are […]

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“What a Rip-Off!” 23rd September 2014

“What a Rip-Off!” 23rd September 2014

Rip-Off This Idiom has two meanings: When somebody is a Ripped-Off they are charged too much money for something that is not worth the price. E.g. “The tourists were ripped off when they went to buy souvenirs – those T-shirts are worth half the price!” It can also be used to describe something that is not genuine or real: E.g. “You […]

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