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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Off the Top of My Head

Off the top of my head

Read the following dialogue and try to guess the meaning of the idiom in bold:

Joe: “ Hey, Mary. Do you know your sister’s phone number?”
Mary: “ Not off the top of my head. I have to check my phone.”
Joe: “Would you mind checking? I really need to talk to her!”
Mary: “Is everything ok?”
Joe: “ Well, I am in love with her and need to tell her…”
Mary: “ Joe, how many times have you met her?!”
Joe: “ Off the top of my head, I guess once or twice.”
Mary: “And you love her already? How about me? We’ve known each other for at least 7seven years!”
Joe: “ But, Mary… You are so different from her.”
Mary: “ What? What are you talking about, Joe? She’s my twin sister!”


Off the top of my head: to say something without thinking about it for very long.

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