Wednesday, 28 September 2011

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caught red-handed

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Meaning: If someone is caught red-handed, they are caught in the act of doing something wrong such as cheating or stealing.

For example:
  • I used to cheat in exams until I was caught red-handed by my teacher. I stopped doing it after that.
  • How can you say you didn't steal the book? You were caught red-handed walking out of the store after you'd hidden it under your jacket.

Quick Quiz:

The guy in the apartment next door was caught red-handed

  1. watching bad T.V.
  2. peeping on our cute neighbour
  3. cooking an awful dinner

The Phrasal Verb of the Day

come into

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Meaning: to be given something after its owner dies

For example:
  • come into sth She’s very rich, so her children expect to come into a lot of money when she dies.
  • come into sth Do you think Samantha made all that money herself, or do you think she came into a fortune when a wealthy relative died?
Quick Quiz:
He came into a lot of money when
  1. he won the lottery
  2. his rich uncle died
  3. he sold his business

Sunday, 25 September 2011

The Phrasal Verb of the Day

call off

For example:

Meaning: to cancel an event that was planned or scheduled
  • call off sth We called off the meeting because Helen wasn't well enough to come.
  • call sth off If a storm comes, we'll have to call the game off.
Nouns often used as objects with
call offmeeting, deal, talks, wedding, match, game, concert, event

The Idiom of the Day

a zebra crossing British English

For example:

Meaning: A zebra crossing is a pedestrian crossing that is marked on the road with painted black and white stripes.
  • Visitors to Britain are sometimes confused when they're told there's a zebra crossing up ahead. Some even expect to see a zebra walking across the road.
  • If someone steps onto a zebra crossing, all cars must stop and wait for them to cross the road.

Variety: This idiom is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Books for reading in English

My recommendation for today is The Catcher in the Ray (J.S. Salinger). A funny book which makes you laugh.

Monday, 19 September 2011

The Phrasal Verb of the Day

order about British English

For example:

Meaning: If you order people about, you tell them what to do in a bossy way.
  • order sb about The workers hate the way their supervisor orders them about. They say she's rude and bossy.
  • be ordered about Army recruits soon get used to being ordered about.
Variety: This phrasal verb is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

The Idiom of the Day

a red-letter day

For example:

Meaning: A red-letter day is a day that is very important for some reason.
  • The day Tatiana graduated from university was a red-letter day for her whole family. She was the first person in the family's history to get a university degree.
  • Today is a fantastic day for us - a real red-letter day! We've just been blessed with our first child - a beautiful baby boy!

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Thursday, 8 September 2011

Phrasal Verb of the Day

bail out (1)

Meaning: to help out someone or something that's in serious trouble, especially financial trouble.

For example:
  • bail out sb/sth The government had to bail out many banks and financial institutions in the 2008 financial crisis.
  • bail sb/sth out Why do we have to bail them out with taxpayer's money? Why not just let them go bankrupt?
Nouns often used as objects with
bail out (1)company, bank, lenders, borrowers, creditors

Idiom of the Day

let the cat out of the bag

Origin: Possibly related to the fact that in England in the Middle Ages, piglets were usually sold in bags at markets. Sometimes, someone would try to cheat a buyer by putting a cat in one of the bags instead of a piglet. And if someone let the cat out of the bag, the fraudster's secret was revealed.