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full of beans, recharge your batteries, under the weather

a) I've been feeling full of beans lately. It must be down to the healthier diet I'm on.

b) The minute they wake up in the morning our two children are full of beans. I don't know where they get their energy!

To be 'full of beans' means to have lots of energy and have a feeling of well-being.


a) After my exam I decided to have a complete break from studying to recharge my batteries before the new term started.

b) I'm sure if you take a few days off to recharge your batteries you'll come back feeling much better.

To 'recharge your batteries' means to take a break from stressful or tiring activities in order to feel refreshed when you return to them.


a) Sarah's just phoned. She's feeling a bit weather the weather so won't be coming into work.

b) I seem to spend most of the winter months feeling under the weather.

If you feel 'under the weather' it means you're not feeling very well.


1) Do you know someone who is always full of beans?
2) Can you remember a time you needed to recharge your batteries?
3) When was the last time you felt under the weather?
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by scummy | 2008-07-21 23:55

work up an appetite, eat like a horse, pick up the tab

a) I've really worked up an appetite this afternoon digging in the garden.

b) Children? Why don't you go outside to play and work up an appetite before dinner?

To 'work up an appetite' means to become hungry following physical exercise or exertion.


a) We always have to cook twice as much as usual when Steve comes to dinner. He eats like a horse.

b) My husband eats like a horse and always finishes before everyone else

To 'eat like a horse' means to eat a lot.


a) Our boss picked up the tab in the restaurant as a treat for all our hard work.

b) I was planning to pick up the tab until I realised how expensive the food was.

If you 'pick up the tab' it means you pay the bill.


1) When was the last time you worked up an appetite?
2) Can you remember an occasion when you or someone you know picked up the tab?
3) Can you think of someone you know who eats like a horse?
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by scummy | 2008-07-21 23:55

hard up, from hand to mouth, made of money

a) If you're hard up why don't you get a part-time job during the school holidays?

b) My brother's really hard up at the moment and has asked me to lend him some money.

If you are 'hard up' you don't have much money.


a) If you don't mind living from hand to mouth there are some wonderful opportunities to do voluntary work abroad.

b) Apparently, Paul spent his teenage years homeless and living from hand to mouth in London.

If you live 'from hand to mouth' you live on very little money.


a) Footballers these days are made of money and act more like film stars than sportsmen.

b) Sorry, but I'm not made of money. There's no way I can afford a new car.

If you are 'made of money' you are rich.



1) If you were really hard up what luxury item would you most miss?
2) Has there ever been a period in your life when you've had to live hand to mouth?
3) Where do people who are made of money live in your nearest city?
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by scummy | 2008-07-21 23:41

jump to conclusions, turn a blind eye, take you for a ride

a) The trouble is, once you have a bad reputation, people always jump to conclusions about you for ever after.

b) Just because all the newspapers are writing bad things about her I don't think we should jump to conclusions yet until the case goes to court.

If you 'jump to conclusions' you take a view on something before you have all the facts.


a) Everybody knew he was stealing from the company but for some reason the management turned a blind eye to it.

b) Some people are accusing politicians of turning a blind eye to irregularities in the financial sector.

If you 'turn a blind eye' to something wrong that is happening you ignore it.


a) You need to be careful as a tourist shopping in the market. There's always someone who will take you for a ride if you're not careful.

b) He's a well known swindler who has taken lots of people for a ride over the years.

If someone 'takes you for a ride' they cheat you.



1) Do you know people who tend to jump to conclusions when they hear of rumours about people or events?
2) If you knew a colleague was stealing from the company would you turn a blind eye or inform someone?
3) Is it easy to take you for a ride or would someone find it difficult to swindle you?
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by scummy | 2008-07-21 23:38

the wrong end of the stick, a bit rusty, keep you in the dark

a) I thought the trainer was encouraging us to work harder but I got the wrong end of the stick.


b) Anyway, I read the letter again, just to make sure I hadn't got the wrong end of the stick.

If you get 'the wrong end of the stick' you misunderstand something.


a) I haven't had the chance to practise my German for years so it will probably be a bit rusty.

b) If you haven't driven for a while you're bound to be a bit rusty so I'd be careful if I were you.

If you are 'a bit rusty' at something you are out of practice at it.


a) Sorry, but I've got no idea what the manager wants. As usual, he's kept me in the dark.

b) Why they kept John in the dark all that time I'll never know. When he learnt he was losing his job he was completely unprepared.

If someone 'keeps you in the dark' they keep information from you.


1) Can you remember the last time you got the wrong end of the stick about something?
2) Is there a particular skill you've learnt in the past that is now a bit rusty?
3) Have people ever kept you in the dark about something?
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by scummy | 2008-07-17 22:26

a splitting headache, on top of the world, back on your feet

a) I've got a splitting headache. Have you got any pain-killers?

b) I'd watch what you're drinking if I were you or you'll wake up with a splitting headache.

If you have 'a splitting headache' you have a very painful headache.


a) Jenny said she felt on top of the world after her massage at the beauty salon last week.

b) You must be feeling on top of the world after completing your first marathon.

If you feel 'on top of the world' you feel very healthy.


a) Anyway, it's great to hear you're back on your feet again after the operation.

b) When I'm back on my feet again I'll give you a call and we can go out for a meal.

If you are 'back on your feet' you have recovered from an illness or injury.



1) Do you often suffer from migraines or a splitting headache?
2) When was the last time you felt on top of the world and what had happened?
3) If you catch a heavy cold how long does it usually take you to get back on your feet again?
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by scummy | 2008-07-17 22:17

on the same wavelength, get on like a house on fire, at someone's beck and call

a) Teenagers and parents aren't always on the same wavelength, which is probably why communication is sometimes difficult.

b) Try these quiz questions to see if you're on the same wavelength as your husband.

If you are 'on the same wavelength' as someone else you get on well together and have a similar, general outlook to important issues.


a) We get on like a house on fire and have such fun when we meet up.

b) The children are getting on like a house on fire. I haven't heard any arguments all morning.

If you 'get on like a house on fire' with someone you really enjoy each other's company.


a) He always expects me to be at his beck and call but I've got work of my own to do.

b) He doesn't need a wife. He just wants somebody to be at his beck and call all day.

If you are 'at someone's beck and call' you have to do things for them whenever they need your help.


1) Which of your friends would you describe as being on the same wavelength as you?
2) What qualities would a person need to have for you both to get on like a house on fire?
3) Do you know someone who always expects other people to be at their beck and call?
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by scummy | 2008-07-17 22:10

wheeling and dealing, pave the way, the green light

a) It's a great film and looks at all the wheeling and dealing that goes on in the financial centres of the world.

b) Mehdi always has his mobile phone to his ear wheeling and dealing and acting the successful businessman perfectly.

'Wheeling and dealing' refers to the complicated, sometimes deceitful transactions that take place in the world of business.


a) The agreement paves the way for one of the largest mergers to have taken place this year.

b) Experts predict that the news regulations will pave the way for a huge increase in small businesses.

If something 'paves the way' for something it makes it possible to happen.


a) The Government has given the green light to businesses wishing to apply for licenses to operate in the sector.

b) The company has given its legal team the green light to take action against their competitors.

If you are given 'the green light' to do something you are given permission to do it.


1) How do you feel when you see people on trains loudly wheeling and dealing on their mobile phone?
2) Are you aware of government legislation in your country or region that has paved the way for new business practices?
3) If your boss gave you the green light to organise a social trip for your colleagues where would you take them?
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by scummy | 2008-07-17 22:06

fill your boots, burnt to a crisp, makes your mouth water

a) Come on everyone, fill your boots. I don't want to see any food on the table when you've finished.

b) It was a self-service, buffet meal and everyone was filling their boots with food.

If you 'fill your boots' you eat as much as you can.


a) I forgot the meat was in the oven and it got burnt to a crisp.

b) If you don't get home soon your dinner will be burnt to a crisp.

If food gets 'burnt to a crisp' it is very burnt.


a) The restaurant was fantastic and the food really made your mouth water.

b) Can you smell next door's barbeque? It's making my mouth water.

If an item of food 'makes your mouth water' it looks or smells delicious and makes you want to eat it.


1) Do you fill your boots or prefer to eat small portions?
2) Has anyone cooked a meal for you that got burnt to a crisp?
3) What kind of food is guaranteed to make your mouth water?
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by scummy | 2008-07-17 22:02

fighting fit, get back into shape, run down

a) Here's your chance to get fighting fit . Join our 6 week fitness programme.

b) I wouldn't say I'm fighting fit but I like to live a reasonably healthy lifestyle.

If someone is 'fighting fit' they are in good health.


a) How long did it take you to get back into shape after your accident?

b) If you want to get your body back into shape you're going to have to take up exercise.

If you 'get back into shape' you recover your level of fitness after an illness or accident.


a) I'm feeling a bit run down. I need to start eating healthier food.

b) The doctor says I'm coming down with a virus, which is why I'm feeling run down.

If you feel 'run down' you feel unwell or weak.


1) What kind of sport would you recommend to keep fighting fit?
2) Can you think of a famous sportsperson who has had to get back into shape recently?
3) Are you the type that takes a day off work or your studies if you feel a bit run down or do you try to struggle on?
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by scummy | 2008-07-16 01:53

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