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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

To Have A Green Thumb

To Have A Green Thumb: To have a special ability to make plants grow well or to be skilled at gardening.

#1 - A friend visiting your home.
Cindy: Wow, look at the roses on the dining table. They're so beautiful! Where did you get them?
Doris: Oh, thanks! Fred grows them in our backyard. Aren't they gorgeous?
Cindy: Yes, he must have a green thumb!

#2 - Visiting Grandma.
Jennifer: Hi Grandma, how did you make your garden look so nice? It's full of colorful flowers and lush green grass.
Grandma: Thanks darling, I just love spending time in nature. I put in quite a bit of work here on my free time.
Jennifer: What is the secret in creating such a beautiful garden, Grandma?
Grandma: Well, I guess it's my green thumb!

#3 - Talking to a roommate.
Kelly: Hey Pat, would you please water my cactus plant once a week when I'm away on vacation?
Pat: Sure Kelly, but I got to warn you, I do not have a green thumb...
Kelly: I think it'll be just fine. The cactus doesn't need special attention anyway. Don't worry about it!

To Have A Green Thumb:
This idom can be used to describe one's self or another person with a talent to make plants grow. Example #1, after Doris told Cindy that Fred was the one who took care of the roses, Cindy realized that Fred was good at growing flowers. #2, Jennifer asked her grandmother how she made her garden look so beautiful. Grandma's response was that she has a special ability to grow plants in the garden. #3 Kelly's roommate was not confident in her ability to keep the plant alive when her friend goes on vacation. Kelly reassures Pat that it'll be ok even if she doesn't have special talents for growing plants. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

High horse

Example 1
Debbie: How was your job interview, Sam?
Sam: The office was nice, but I didn't really try too hard because I'm sure I'm overqualified and the pay isn't great.
Debbie: What do you mean?
Sam: Well, the person who interviewed me was clearly not at my level. I don't want to work for a company where the manager isn't as qualified as I am.
Debbie: Are you kidding me? You haven't worked in over six months and you've gotten into lots of debt! How can you waste any opportunity? You need to get off your high horse and be grateful they invited you in for an interview in the first place.

Example 2
Carly: Is there anything I can do you help with the party?
Lisa: Yes, we need some more ideas for decorations. What do you think?
Carly: Well, I think we should hire a professional party planner. That's what I always do for our parties.
Lisa: Sorry, but that's not an option. We're on a strict budget.
Carly: Well then the party will probably look really shabby and no one will have fun at a party with cheap decorations.
Lisa: I asked you for advice but you're just passing judgement from your high horse. You are not offering any real solutions.

Common ways to use high horse:
be on your/her/his high horse- to act as if you are better than others
get off your/her/his high horse- to stop behaving as if you are better than others (example 1)

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

To have (something) both ways

First Example: Mario has been dating Erika for six months, but he also likes Tina and would like to ask her out. Mario wants to have it both ways. He would like to date both Erika and Tina.

Meaning: to have (something or it) both ways means to get the best of a situation by getting the benefits of two opposite things. In this example, Mario likes his relationship with Erika, but he also likes Tina. However, he can't date both of them at the same time because he has been dating Erika for six months. This idiom can apply to any situation where there are two opposite things that can't be done at the same time. It's used as an infinitive in this example.

Here is another example: John works long hours and makes a lot of money, but he would like to have more time off to do the things he enjoys. However, John can't have it both ways. He either works hard and makes a lot of money, or he takes more time off and makes less money.

Meaning: In this case, the two opposite things are working a lot and taking more time off. John can't make a lot of money if he does both of these things at the same time. He must choose one thing. In this example, it's used with the modal "can't."

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

To hit the sack (verb)

Meaning - to go to bed in order to sleep

This expression is used when you want to tell someone that you are ready to go to bed in order to fall asleep.

Example 1
I had a long and busy day at work yesterday.  So, I hit the sack as soon as I got home last night.  I am glad I got enough sleep because I feel much better today.

Example 2
John: Hey! You are home.  How was school?
Lisa: It was fun and we practiced a lot of new words.  But now, I am so tired.  I think I am just going to hit the sack.
John: Already?  Aren't you going to study for your test?
Lisa:  I don't think I can.  I am just so sleepy.  I will wake up early and study tomorrow morning.
John: OK, good luck!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Fender bender

Example 1:
Jack: The freeway was moving really slowly today.
Jill: What was the problem?
Jack: There was an accident.
Jill: Was it bad? Was anyone hurt?
Jack: No. It looked like just a fender bender.

Example 2:
Doreen: Your new car is dented already!
Maureen: I know. I had a fender bender the other day.
Doreen: What a bummer. What happened?
Maureen: It was my fault. I feel so stupid. I was texting when it happened. I’m just glad it wasn’t worse.

Fender bender: a small accident in which only minor damage occurs. The fender of a car is the panel above the tire. In this case bend refers to a dent, which is not as bad as a crack or a break. It is relatively inexpensive to repair the fender of a car compared with the trunk, door or hood.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

To be on point

To be on point: To be exactly right or perfect; extremely good, attractive, or stylish

#1 - Two Friends at a Party
Susan: Did you see Mitzi, yet?
Beth: Yes, I did! She looks so good. Her outfit is on point!
Susan: I know! She always dresses to impress!

#2 - A couple talking after a movie
Brett: That movie was amazing!!
Brittany: Really? I didn't think it was that great. I almost fell asleep.
Brett: What? I thought it was very entertaining. And the lead actress was great.
Brittany: Well, I will agree with you about the actress. Her acting was on point! She will probably be nominated for an Academy Award.
Brett: Yes, I also think the movie was on point and deserves an award!

To be on Point: This idiom can describe a thing, such as a movie, song, etc..., or a person's style and skill; it means to be exactly right or perfect; extremely good, attractive, or stylish. In #1, the two friends are talking about Mitzi's outfit, which is extremely stylish, or on point. In #2, Brittany thinks the actress has excellent acting skills and Brett thinks the movie was amazing, or on point.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

In the dark

Example 1
Toby: Have you heard from Jim? He hasn't returned my calls about the party. I don't know any details yet.
George: Don't worry, that's just how Jim is. He likes to keep people in the dark about things until all the details are finalized.
Toby: Well that's understandable, but I'd at least like to have the time and place so I can make sure I'm free!

Example 2
Tony is leaving the company this month. We were all in the dark about his plans until he announced it this morning. I'm shocked because I had no idea!


Keep someone in the dark about something 

Be in the dark about something

This expression is used when you don't have information about something, but someone else does. In example 1, Jim has the information, but Toby and George do not. Jim keeps them in the dark about the details. In example 2, Tony has the information but didn't share it with his coworkers. His coworkers were in the dark about his departure.