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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Steer Clear

Idiom: Steer Clear





Example 1:
Are you on a diet? You'd better steer clear of the bakery! You know they always put the best cookies in the window and you might get tempted!
Example 2:
If you are going to Downtown LA, I advise you to steer clear of the 110 freeway. I heard on the radio that there was a big accident and traffic is pretty terrible at this time. 
Explanation:
steer clear + of + noun
steer clear = avoid  + something
This expression is often used to warn people about something they should avoid. In example 1, they suggest avoiding the bakery (with many delicious sweets) while their friend is on a diet. In example 2, the person is advised to avoid the freeway because of heavy traffic.

This idiom was taken from the LSI textbook titled "Reading Horizons," which is used to teach Level 6 Reading/Vocabulary classes at LSI schools. For more information please visitwww.languagesystems.com

average joe

Example 1:
These politicians don't care about the average joe. They only worry about other rich people. 
Example 2:
Jack Smith's story is amazing! Last year he was just an average joe and now he is a world famous rock star! How did he do it? 
Explanation:
average joe = average man
An average joe is a regular male person who is usually not exceptionally attractive, talented, or wealthy. Average joe is a common expression that is used when referring to an ordinary member of society.

This idiom was taken from the LSI textbook titled "Reading Horizons," which is used to teach Level 6 Reading/Vocabulary classes at LSI schools. For more information please visitwww.languagesystems.com