By Edward Swick
ESL scholars taking intermediate-level classes will locate this booklet a worthy complement to their school room textbook. simply as very important, theyll 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 feel 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 quite a few contexts.
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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. Her busy job really keeps her on the go.
My sister is liable to say almost anything. It's liable to rain. You'd better take an umbrella. 73 To Look Forward To This expression means that someone is looking at the future with great expectation. html (1 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:05 PM] Document The young girl was looking forward to the big dance. I'll be looking forward to seeing you again. html (2 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:05 PM] Document Page 17 74 Look Out! This idiom can stand alone as a brief sentence of warning to be careful. Look out!
I walked past the bakery with my mouth watering. A PHRASE JUST FOR FUN TO RAIN CATS AND DOGS This expression has absolutely nothing to do with animals. Use it when you want to say that it is raining very hard. I'm not going out there. It's raining cats and dogs! 81 In the Nick of Time This idiom says that someone is doing something at the best possible time and that what that person is doing is in the form of a rescue. The police arrived at the crime scene just in the nick of time. Bill stopped her from falling in the nick of time.