American Idioms and Some Phrases Just for Fun by Edward Swick

By Edward Swick

ESL scholars taking intermediate-level classes will locate this publication a invaluable complement to their school room textbook. simply as vital, theyll see it as a competent advisor to the intricacies of idiomatic American English. Why, in any case, may still a newcomer to the English language be anticipated to make experience out of such words as get at the ball...make a beeline...have a bone to choose? those and dozens extra words are defined, «translated» into extra formal English, and repeated in a variety of contexts.

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Keep an eye on my car. I have to go to the bank. I can't leave right now. I want to keep an eye on the pot on the stove. A PHRASE JUST FOR FUN TO KICK THE BUCKET This expression is usually used when someone speaks about someone else's death in a casual or even comic manner. Its synonym is to die. When you kick the bucket, you're going straight to hell. Her house was sold a couple of years after Granny kicked the bucket. 41 Face to Face This phrase means that two people are together and perhaps even looking at one another.

Html (2 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:01 PM] Document Page 9 38 I Wouldn't Dream of It The infinitive form is rarely used with this expression. It appears mostly in its conjugated form and means that someone is certain that he or she would not do something. Me? Run a marathon? I wouldn't dream of it! Jack wouldn't dream of going to the dance without me. 39 To Eat One's Own Words This phrase says that someone is wrong about what he or she has said and now has to admit it. The meteorologist promised good weather, but now she's eating her own words.

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. html (1 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:05 PM] Document The young girl was looking forward to the big dance.

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