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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Get a kick out of something

Idiom: "Get a kick out of something"

Example #1:

Chris: Hey Leo, are you watching the World Cup game today?

Leo: I love watching the World Cup. I get a kick out of major tournaments. They’re always exciting.

Chris: Yeah, me too. It’s nice to see the world come together for such a big event.

Leo: Besides, it’s every four years. You don’t get to watch it all the time.

Example #2:

Diego: The first game of the tournament is going to be really good. 

Edson: I heard it would be a tough game.

Diego: I get a kick out of watching a weak team win against a strong team.

Edson: It’s definitely good for the sport and makes things more exciting.

Meaning: “Get a kick out of something” means to enjoy watching or doing something. 

In example 1, Leo really enjoys watching big tournaments.  In example 2, Diego enjoys watching underdog teams beat favored teams.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Jump on the bandwagon

Idiom: "jump on the bandwagon"

Example #1:
Carlos: Did you watch the Kings game last night?
Tommy: I thought you didn't watch hockey.
Carlos: Well, I didn't before. But now that they're winning, so it's fun to watch.
Tommy: Oh, so you just jumped on the bandwagon. You're not really a fan.
Carlos: What do you mean?
Tommy: You didn't follow them all season. You just watch them now because they're winning. You just jumped on the bandwagon.
Carlos: Wow! You're so critical.

Example #2:
Kyle: I hate this football season.
Crystal: Why?
Kyle: The stadium was much more comfortable and empty before everyone jumped on the bandwagon.
Crystal: But it's good for the team. Also, the stadium can make some money. They need to fix it anyway.
Kyle: It doesn't matter. I don't like people who do something just because it's popular and not because they actually care.

Meaning: join a popular trend or activity.

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