By Edward Swick
ESL scholars taking intermediate-level classes will locate this publication a necessary complement to their school room textbook. simply as very important, theyll see it as a competent consultant to the intricacies of idiomatic American English. Why, in the end, should still a newcomer to the English language be anticipated to make feel out of such words as get at the ball...make a beeline...have a bone to select? those and dozens extra words are defined, «translated» into extra formal English, and repeated in a variety of contexts.
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No! You're pulling my leg! 71 On the Level This phrase is a synonym for honest. You can always trust John. He's always on the level. On the level! I didn't do it! 72 To Be Liable Use this phrase when you want to say that it is probable that something will happen. Note that an infinitive usually follows this phrase. My sister is liable to say almost anything. It's liable to rain. You'd better take an umbrella. 73 To Look Forward To This expression means that someone is looking at the future with great expectation.
To Take Forty Winks This is a synonym for to take a nap. I'm really tired. I need to take forty winks.
It can refer to the mother-to-be or to the couple. Anna is in the family way again. This is her fourth. They're so happy. They're finally in the family way. 44 To Be Fed up With This unusual combination of words says that someone is completely annoyed with someone or something. I quit! I'm fed up with this job. Mom was finally fed up with the behavior of her neighbor's dog and called the police. 45 To Feel Like This phrase has nothing to do with feelings. It is used in place of to wish. Note that it is usually followed by a gerund (going, walking, buying).
American Idioms and Some Phrases Just for Fun by Edward Swick