June 30, 2010

Phrasal verb: take after (someone)

"take after (someone)"

Meaning: resemble a family member

Example: I take after my grandma. We both have long shiny hair.


Last week's phrasal verbs:
make (something) up
pass away

Idiom: take it easy

"take it easy"

Meaning: relax

Example: I'm taking a leave of absence. I'm just going to take it easy today.


Last week's idioms:
make a mountain out of a molehill
No way!
Ok
pay the piper
quite a few

June 29, 2010

Phrasal verb: send (something) back

"send (something) back"

Meaning: return

Example: My greeting card for grandma got sent back to me. I think I wrote the wrong address.


Last week's phrasal verbs:
make (something) up
pass away

Idiom: _____-savvy

"__ -savvy"

Meaning: knowledgeable about _____ .

Example: Talk to Lola Techie if you have questions about the internet. She's internet-savvy.


Last week's idioms:
make a mountain out of a molehill
No way!
Ok
pay the piper
quite a few

June 28, 2010

Phrasal verb: run into (someone/something)

"run into (someone/something)"

Meaning: meet unexpectedly

Example: Gwen ran into her high-school friend at the park.


Last week's phrasal verbs:
make (something) up
pass away

Idiom: R and R

"R and R"

Meaning: rest and relaxation (a vacation)

Example: Rico is working too hard. I guess he needs some R and R.


Last week's idioms:
make a mountain out of a molehill
No way!
Ok
pay the piper
quite a few

June 25, 2010

Idiom: quite a few

"quite a few"

Meaning: several; numerous

Example: I won't be able to attend the seminar. The boss has given me quite a few tasks to finish this week.


Last week's idioms:
had('d) better
if I had my druthers
jump all over (someone)
keep an eye on
lend (someone) a hand

June 24, 2010

Phrasal verb: pass away

"pass away"

Meaning: die

Example: Their uncle passed away last week after a long battle with cancer.


Last week's phrasal verbs:
hand (something) down
keep on (doing something)
let (someone) down

Idiom: pay the piper

"pay the piper"

Meaning: face the consequences for something you've done

Example: I didn't go home on time last night. Today, I'll have to pay the piper.


Last week's idioms:
had('d) better
if I had my druthers
jump all over (someone)
keep an eye on
lend (someone) a hand

June 23, 2010

Idiom: Ok

"OK"

Meanings: (1) yes (to show agreement--often reluctant agreement); (2) neither good nor bad; so-so; (3) in satisfactory condition; well; (4) approve (verb)

Example:
A: "How was the buffing machine?"
B: "OK, but I've seen better ones."


Last week's idioms:
had('d) better
if I had my druthers
jump all over (someone)
keep an eye on
lend (someone) a hand

June 22, 2010

Idiom: No way!

"No way!"

Meaning: Absolutely not! / Definitely not!

Example:
Aris: "Do you apply tire black on your car's tires?"
Sonny: "No way! I don't like gooey stuff on the tires."


Last week's idioms:
had('d) better
if I had my druthers
jump all over (someone)
keep an eye on
lend (someone) a hand

June 21, 2010

Phrasal verb: make (something) up

"make (something) up"

Meaning: invent, lie about something

Example: Gabby made up a story about how he lost his watch.


Last week's phrasal verbs:
hand (something) down
keep on (doing something)
let (someone) down

Idiom: make a mountain out of a molehill

"make a mountain out of a molehill"

Meaning: make something seem much more important than it really is

Example: Dexter, don't expect to remove all the scratches off the paint of a daily driver. You'll be making a mountain out of a molehill.


Last week's idioms:
had('d) better
if I had my druthers
jump all over (someone)
keep an eye on
lend (someone) a hand

June 17, 2010

Phrasal verb: keep on (doing something)

"keep on (doing something)"

Meaning: continue doing

Sentence: Keep on buffing until you burnish the paint to a shine.


Last week's phrasal verbs:
call around
do (someone/something) over
eat out
fall apart
get (something) across/over

Idiom: keep an eye on

"keep an eye on"

Meaning: check something regularly.

Example: You'll need to keep an eye on the time. Your school bus will arrive at 6:00 am.


Last week's idioms:
call it a day
Don't count your chickens until (before) they hatch (they've hatched).
eager beaver
far-fetched
get going

June 16, 2010

Idiom: jump all over (someone)

"jump all over someone"

Meaning: severely criticize/find fault with someone.

Example: Jason's upset because his boss jumped all over him this afternoon.


Last week's idioms:
call it a day
Don't count your chickens until (before) they hatch (they've hatched).
eager beaver
far-fetched
get going

June 15, 2010

June 14, 2010

Phrasal verb: hand (something) down

"hand (something) down"

Meaning: give something used to someone else

Example: I handed my old basketball down to my nephew.


Last week's phrasal verbs:
call around
do (someone/something) over
eat out
fall apart
get (something) across/over

Idiom: had('d) better

"had ('d) better"

Meaning: be obliged to; should (strong)

Example: You'd better prepare soon. If you don't, you'll be late for school.


Last week's idioms:
call it a day
Don't count your chickens until (before) they hatch (they've hatched).
eager beaver
far-fetched
get going

June 11, 2010

Phrasal verb: get (something) across/over

"get (something) across/over"

Meaning: communicate, make understandable

Example: I tried to get my point across/over to the traffic officer, but he wouldn't listen.


Last week's phrasal verbs:
ask (someone) out
back (something) up

Idiom: get going

"get going"

Meaning: leave

Example: We're late for the mass. We'd better get going!


Last week's idioms:
ace
bad mouth

June 10, 2010

Phrasal verb: fall apart

"fall apart"

Meaning: break into pieces

Example: My microfiber towels fell apart in the washing machine.


Last week's phrasal verbs:
ask (someone) out
back (something) up

Idiom: far-fetched

"far-fetched"

Meaning: difficult to accept; difficult to believe

Example: Her version of the story is far-fetched. My guess is that her friends are not going to believe it.


Last week's idioms:
ace
bad mouth

June 9, 2010

Phrasal verb: eat out

"eat out"

Meaning: eat at a restaurant

Example: I'm hungry. Let's eat out.


Last week's phrasal verbs:
ask (someone) out
back (something) up

Idiom: eager beaver

"eager beaver"

Meaning: a person who is always willing to volunteer or do extra work.

Example: Bea is really an eager beaver. She always helps whenever there are tasks to be done.


Last week's idioms:
ace
bad mouth

June 8, 2010

Phrasal verb: do (someone/something) over

"do (someone/something) over"

Meaning: beat up, ransack

Example: He's fortunate to have lived. He was done over by some rival fraternity members.


Last week's phrasal verbs:
ask (someone) out
back (something) up

Idiom: Don't count your chickens until they hatch.

"Don't count your chickens until (before) they hatch (they've hatched)."

Meaning: Don't assume that something will happen until it has happened

Example:
Ernie: I really believe that I'm going to win the Megalotto.
Bert: Don't count your chickens until they hatch!


Last week's idioms:
ace
bad mouth

June 7, 2010

Phrasal verb: call around

"call around"

Meaning: phone many different places/people

Example: Bryan called around but he was not able to find the gift he wanted.


Last week's phrasal verbs:
ask (someone) out
back (something) up

Idiom: call it a day

"call it a day"

Meaning: stop work for the day

Example: We've done so much work here. Why don't we call it a day?


Last week's idioms:
ace
bad mouth

June 4, 2010

Phrasal verb: back (something) up

"back (something) up"

Meaning: reverse

Example: Joan has to back up her car so that the jeepney could pass.

Idiom: bad mouth

"bad-mouth"

Meaning: say unkind, unflattering, embarrassing (and probably untrue) things about someone

Example: Von is bad-mouthing me because he's just jealous of my recent promotion.

June 3, 2010

Phrasal verb: ask (someone) out

"ask (someone) out"

Meaning: invite on a date

Example: Robin asked Marielle out to watch a play.

Idiom: ace

"ace"

Meaning: make an "A" on a test, homework assignment, project, etc.

Example: Angel informed me that you aced the test. Congrats!