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Thursday, October 23, 2014

In Cold Blood

Context #1:
John: Did you hear about that serial killer who appeared in court today?
Sam: Yeah, I heard the judge sentenced him to life in prison with no parole.
John: That's right. He killed about 10 people in cold blood so I guess he deserved that.

Context #2:
Jenny: Last night on the news I saw that a lady was killed in New York while waiting for the bus.
Chrissy: Yeah, I guess some crazy guy just walked up to her and shot her in cold blood.

Meaning: In cold blood is an idiom that is used as an adverb. It is commonly used with verbs like kill, shoot, and murder. It means to kill someone in a cruel and unfeeling fashion. The person doing the killing does not feel any kind of sadness or remorse.      @LSISB @LSIOC @LSINE @LSILA

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To Scare The Pants Off Someone

Idiom: To Scare The Pants Off Someone

Context #1:
Tammy: Last night my neighbor jumped out from behind a bush wearing a zombie mask. He was only joking but it really scared the pants off me!
Sara: Did you scream?
Tammy: Yeah, I screamed! It was so embarrassing! 

Context #2:
Tim: This week for Halloween a bunch of us are going to visit a haunted house at the community college. Do you want to go?
Chris: No thanks! When I was a kid my parents took me to a haunted house and I got the pants scared off me. I guess I was a little traumatized.
Tim: I see. Well, let me know if you change your mind.

Meaning: To scare the pants off someone means to make them feel extremely afraid or frightened.      @LSISB @LSIOC @LSINE @LSILA