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Thursday, October 6, 2011

To Drag One's Feet

To Drag One’s Feet

Example 1:
Tim: My first class is at 7:00 AM in the morning and it is so hard to get up.

Selene: I know what you mean. I had a really early class last semester. My roommate and I would just drag our feet to class every Monday and Wednesday. It was so hard to be on time!


Example 2:
Kitty: You really have to go to this new Yoga class I’ve been taking for the past two weeks. I feel amazing!
Jolene: Really? I’ve been wanting to take a Yoga class, but I just never seem to find the time to get started.
Kitty: Don’t drag your feet! If you take this class, your life is going to change. You’ll feel so much better!

Meaning:
To drag one’s feet means to do something slowly or to delay something. Usually, a person would drag his feet when it comes to doing something he doesn’t want to do like going to work early or taking an exercise class.

This idiom can be found in the LSI textbook Speaking Savvy. This book is used at LSI schools in the level 5 Listening/Speaking classes. For more information, please visit: www.languagesystems.com

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

To Pick Out

To Pick Out

Example 1:

Terry: I finally saved up enough money to buy a new car! I just don’t know which car to pick out.

Sandy: Oh, I know which one you should pick. That little red Fiat over there is adorable!

Terry: Great idea! Thanks for the advice.


Example 2:

Kitty: Have you seen the new uniforms they picked out for school this year!

Jolene: Yes! They are horrible. Those strips look ridiculous with plaid.

Kitty: I don’t know what they were thinking. They must have been drunk when they picked out those colors!

Meaning:

Pick out means to choose or select something. However, people will commonly use just “pick” without “out” as in the first example when Sandy says “I know which one you should pick.” In this case, she could also say “I know which one you should pick out.”

This idiom can be found in the LSI textbook Speaking Transitions. This book is used at LSI schools in the level 4 Listening/Speaking classes. For more information, please visit: www.languagesystems.com