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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Be my guest

Idiom: be my guest

Example 1:
Matt: Hey man, I’m going to San Diego next year.
Dee:  Oh really? Can I come too?
Matt: Be my guest.
Dee: Really? That’s awesome.

Example 2:
Thomas: Do you think I can turn in those reports on Monday of next week?
Charles: Be my guest.  They’re not due until Tuesday anyway. 

Meaning: "Be my guest" means: “go ahead,” “help yourself,” or it could mean giving someone permission to do something.  It’s a neutral term used by many people in formal or informal settings.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

To Drop a Hint

Idiom: (to) drop a hint

Example 1:
Rudolph: Hey Dasher, what kind of gift are you getting for your girlfriend this holiday season?
Dasher:  Wait.  You’ll find out after the holiday season.
Rudolph: Oh, come on, drop me a hint!  It’s not my gift.
Dasher: No way!  It’s a big surprise.

Example 2:
Manny: Hey, how much money are you asking for this event?
Floyd: More money than you can imagine.
Manny: Really? At least drop a hint.  Everyone wants to know.
Floyd: I don’t really want to talk about that. 

Meaning: "To drop a hint" is another way of expressing “give me a hint” or another way of asking for more details.  It’s often used amongst friends and close colleagues.