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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Old Enough To Be Your Mother/Father

Idiom: Old enough to be your mother/father

Example 1:

Jane met a guy who seemed like a perfect match on her favorite internet dating site, so she decided to meet him in person. But when she saw him, he was much older than the picture he had posted! She said she couldn't date someone who was old enough to be her father.

Example 2

Tina: I heard you're dating someone new?

Jim: Yeah, she's awesome.

Tina: I also heard she's older than you are?

Jim: A bit - she's 36.

Tina: Whoa! She's old enough to be your mother!  

Jim: She's not THAT much older. I'm 25.

Tina: Still, 11 years is a big age difference!  

Jim: She makes me happy, so that's all that matters.

Meaning: The expression "old enough to be (someone's) mother/father" means that another person is substantially older than the person in question.  The expression is used to point out a considerable age difference in dating situations, even when the person is not actually technically old enough to be a person's parent.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree

Idiom: The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Example 1:

The little boy saw his dad taking a nap, so he asked his mom if he could take one too. She said no and to wake his father, but when she got back, they were both asleep! "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree" she said as she sighed.

Example 2:

Mother: I just got a call from our daughter's school.  One of us needs to go pick her up.

Father: Why? Is everything OK?

Mother: Apparently, she called her teacher a bad word.

Father: The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, does it?

Mother: I know, I should watch my language around her. 

Father: Well, I'll go get her. Don't want you teaching her any new vocabulary.

Meaning: The expression "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree" means that a child is just like their mom or dad.