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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Put Someone Up

Idiom: Put someone up

Example 1:

Vanessa: So what are your plans for the summer break? We have three months before school starts again!

Brad: Well, I’m going to visit my friends in London.

Vanessa: Wow! That sounds like fun! But isn’t London expensive?

Brad: Yes, it is, but I’m really lucky. My friend who lives there is putting me up for the summer, so I don’t need to pay for a hotel.

Vanessa: You are lucky! I wish I had friends like that!

Example 2:

Sami: I’m in big trouble. My roommate has asked me to leave by this weekend and I have no place to live!

Petra: Oh, Sami. I’m so sorry to hear that. I would put you up for a short time, but there is no room at my house.

Sami: Really? Not even on the sofa?

Petra: That is where I sleep! We are already in trouble for having too many people living in the apartment.

Sami: I see. Do you think Jennifer could put me up for a while? Just until I find another apartment.

Petra: Maybe. She does have an extra room that she uses as an office. Why don’t we give her a call?

Sami: Great idea. Thank you for helping!

Meaning: To provide a place for someone or something to stay temporarily.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Head For

Idiom: Head for

Example 1:

Vicki: I can’t believe it's almost time for Summer Break. I’m so excited.

Bjorn: Me, too!

Vicki: Do you have any plans?

Bjorn: I’m heading for Yellowstone Park. I’m going to spend the week camping and hiking!

Vicki: Hmmm…that’s good if you like camping and the outdoors. I’m more of a city girl.

Bjorn: Really?

Vicki: Yes. After school is out, I’ll get ready to head for the outlet malls. I can’t think of anything better than shopping for a week!

Example 2:

Janine:  Pete, you really should start studying more every day for classes. You are getting more behind every day.

Pete: Oh, Janine. You worry too much. I’ll have plenty of time later.

Janine: No, you won’t. You are headed for trouble if you don’t study. You could actually get kicked out of school!

Pete: Do you really think so?

Janine: Yes! It happened to me when I first started school here. I know what I am talking about.

Pete: Well, maybe you are right. I guess I am headed for failure if I don’t start studying more.

Janine: Of course I’m right! I’ll even help you.

Janine: Thanks, Janine!

Meaning: To travel or go toward some destination; to set something or someone on a course toward some situation or condition (used passively).