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Friday, February 3, 2012

To rush

Idiom: To rush

Example #1:

Jim: Oh man!
Terry: What's up?
Jim: I forgot my cell phone. I have to go back home and get it.
Terry: I was rushing this morning because I got up late.

Example #2:
Jane: Before we go to the movies I need to rush to the bank real quick and get some cash.
Kathy: No problem! We have time.
Jane: Yeah, it'll only take a second.

Meaning: to rush is an expression that means to hurry or to do something very quickly.

This idiom was taken from the LSI textbook "Reading Connections." This book is used at LSI schools to teach Level 3 Reading classes. For more information please visit

Thank you Ty!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

to learn one's lesson

Example #1:

Tom: Yesterday I was in a hurry, so I drove in the carpool lane even though I was all by myself.
Joe: So what happened?
Tom: I got a ticket. Man! It's going to cost me a lot of money.
Joe: I hope you learned your lesson!
Tom: I did! I'll never do that again.

Example #2:

Sara: Every year at Christmas I always wait until the last minute to go shopping. I hate it!
Julie: Why? The stores get so crazy! Why don't you do your shopping earlier?
Sara: I don't know. I just keep procrastinating.
Julie: When are you going to learn your lesson?

To learn one's lesson is used to describe the process of learning a lesson in life through a difficult experience or mistake. These are lessons you cannot learn from a book or a class. Usually people have to learn their lesson the hard way.

This idiom was taken from LSI's textbook "Speaking Savvy." This book is used to teach Level 5 Speaking classes at LSI. For more information please visit

Thank you Ty!