By Edward Swick

ESL scholars taking intermediate-level classes will locate this e-book a invaluable complement to their lecture room textbook. simply as vital, theyll see it as a competent consultant to the intricacies of idiomatic American English. Why, in the end, should 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 choose? those and dozens extra words are defined, «translated» into extra formal English, and repeated in a variety of contexts.

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Note that it is usually followed by a gerund (going, being, and so on) and is used in a question. How about going to a movie tonight? How about getting some lunch after the next class? 66 To Be Ill at Ease This idiom says that someone feels uncomfortable in a particular situation, because that person feels out of place or conspicuous. You don't have to be ill at ease at the party. They're all very nice people. 67 To Jump to Conclusions This phrase means that someone is making quick assumptions about a person or situation without knowing all the facts.

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! There's a bus coming! Look out! Don't fall! 75 To Lose One's Temper Use this expression when you want to say that someone is becoming angry. It suggests that the person's anger has developed suddenly. I hate it when Mom loses her temper and punishes us. James quickly lost his temper and began shouting at everyone.

Use this emphatic question to show great surprise or to express deep-felt shock. " he asked in alarm. "What was that loud noise? What on earth do you think you're doing? html (2 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:09 PM] Document Page 24 110 A (Little) White Lie This idiom is used to make a lie seem not quite so bad. Rather than a great lie it's only a small untruth. Why was she so angry? It was only a little white lie. Saying that I am younger than I am was just a white lie. A PHRASE JUST FOR FUN TO BE BORN WITH A SILVER SPOON IN ONE'S MOUTH This phrase is rather long, but it is used in place of much shorter ones: born wealthy or born to a life of comfort.

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