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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

To Pull Out All The Stops

Idiom: to pull out all the stops.
LSI Teacher:  The United States of America’s Independence Day is on July 4th and it is the celebration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. This day is also known as the Fourth of July. Celebrations usually pull out all the stops, with barbeques, parades, carnivals, concerts, baseball games, and fireworks. There are a lot of fireworks and each city usually puts on a firework show at night. Hollywood studios typically save their biggest movies of the summer for the Fourth of July weekend. So, get ready for some amazing fireworks, barbecues, and movies to fill your weekend! 

Bob: I’m so excited for the game this Friday! I went to Party City and bought a bunch of decorations for my house. I also made a deal with the local sandwich shop to cater my party for a really low fee.

Ken: Wow! You are really pulling out all the stops, aren’t you?

Bob: I guess so. I know that when I went to my friend’s house to see another game last week, she really pulled out all the stops and even had a live band play after the game.

Ken: Well, that will be hard to match, but it looks like you and your friends will have a good time.

Bob: We will have a better time if our team wins!

 Meaning: To pull out all the stops means to do everything you can to make something successful. In the first example, the teacher is talking about how everyone celebrates the 4th of July. In the second example, Bill is pulling out all the stops in order to make a successful party. 

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