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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Bull in a China Shop

Idiom: Bull in a china shop

Example 1:

Martha: Are you going to Jesse's party?

Luke: No

Martha: Why?

Luke: Her living room, with its delicate furniture and knickknacks, makes me feel like a bull in a china shop

Martha: I know exactly what you mean. I can be very clumsy too

Example 2:

Keiko: I don't think you care about me

Ryu: Why do you say that?

Keiko: When we fight you become really aggressive and don't care about my feelings. I'm sensitive, and you are like a bull in a china shop.

Meaning: to be extremely clumsy; aggressive, without care or control.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Set Up Shop

Idiom: Set up shop

Example 1:

Dad: Now that you have gotten your business degree, when do you plan to set up shop?

Mark: As soon as you give me the money to start my business

Example 2:

Ella: I'm going to miss you when you go to Paris next month

Louise: After I set up shop I'll be back in no time

Ella: I know it's been your dream to open your cafe there and I wish you the best

Louise: Thanks Ella, I love you

Ella: I love you more

Meaning: to open or start one's own business.