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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wouldn’t dream of doing

Idiom: Wouldn’t dream of doing– Something a person would never consider doing

Example 1:
Marco:  Did you ever imagine we would be trekking the Andes?
Chuck: Two weeks ago, I wouldn’t have dreamed of it!
Marco: Yes, this is an unbelievable experience.
Chuck: Next, we should go trekking in the jungles of Guatemala.

Example 2:
Juan: I can’t believe I’ve been living in Taipei for three years now.
Erick: Yeah, you said you would never travel abroad.
Juan: It’s true, I wouldn’t dream of moving to Taiwan before graduating college.
Erick: I guess that’s how it goes sometimes. 

Meaning: “Wouldn’t dream of doing” means something a person would never consider doing in life. 
In example #1, Chuck never thought he would do something exotic like trek the Andes of South America.  

In example #2, Juan never imagined he would travel abroad, let alone live abroad.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Like a dream

Idiom: Like a dream - so good it’s unbelievable

Example 1:
Miguel:  Hey Saul, did you buy the new Ferrari you talked about?
Saul: Oh man, I totally did!
Miguel: So, how is it?  How does it drive?
Saul: It drives like a dream.

Example 2:
Charlie: How was your vacation to New Zealand?
Jean: My trip was like a dream.
Charlie: Wow! That’s great!  What did you enjoy the most?
Jean: I always wanted to watch the All Blacks play rugby.  It was great to watch a live game.  It really was like a dream come true.

Meaning: “Like a dream” means so good it’s unbelievable. 
In example #1, Saul never imagined it would feel so good to drive a Ferrari.  
In example #2, Jean’s vacation was so good, it felt unreal.