American Idioms and Some Phrases Just for Fun by Edward Swick

By Edward Swick

ESL scholars taking intermediate-level classes will locate this publication a precious complement to their school room textbook. simply as vital, theyll see it as a competent consultant to the intricacies of idiomatic American English. Why, in any case, should 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 numerous contexts.

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43 In the Family Way This phrase is used in the place of pregnant or expecting a baby. It can refer to the mother-to-be or to the couple. Anna is in the family way again. This is her fourth. They're so happy. They're finally in the family way. 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.

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He really goes against my grain. Gossip and rumors always went against her grain. html (1 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:03 PM] Document Page 13 56 To Go to the Dogs The meaning of this phrase actually has nothing to do with dogs. It is another way of saying that something is in very bad shape or ruined. During the depression, the whole country went to the dogs. If you keep acting like that, your reputation is going to go to the dogs. 57 With a Grain of Salt This phrase comes to English from an ancient source.

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