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hit the road, road hog, backseat driver

a) Come on. It's time we hit the road or we'll miss our flight.

b) It's getting late. We shouldn't hit the road.

To 'hit the road' means to leave.

a) I was trying to overtake this driver earlier but he wouldn't move over. He was a real road hog.

b) The other driver accused me of being a road hog but I couldn't pull over because there was another car in the inside lane.

A 'road hog' is someone who drives in such a way that other drivers cannot pass.

a) You're such a backseat driver. If you think you can do better why don't you take the wheel.

b) I wouldn't give him a lift if I were you. He's a real backseat driver.

A 'backseat driver' is a person who gives unwanted advice to another person carrying out a task.

1) Do you tend to hit the road early when you're out socialising or do you prefer to stay out late?
2) How relaxed a driver are you or would you be? What would you do if you were caught behind a road hog?
3) Do you know someone who tends to be a backseat driver?
by scummy | 2008-04-30 23:32

word bank #98

Since Sally got promotion she has been lording it over her colleagues and acting quite arrogantly.
lord over: "to act as if you are superior to someone else"

1. I've been quite fearful of driving the car since my accident and don't know if I ever want to get behind the wheel again.

2. Our daughter is absolutely fearless when it comes to going on rides at the fair and will happily try any of them.

3. He has a fearsome opponent in the next round who has never lost a fight in his life.

1. We don't usually go out at weekends as a rule, but we've decided to treat ourselves to a trip to the cinema this week.

2. As a rule of thumb you should add double the amount of water to the mixture.

3. There have been several reports of human rights abuses under his rule.
by scummy | 2008-04-30 23:31 | CPE

word bank #46

She dropped out of university at the end of her first year and decided to travel around the world instead.
drop out of: "to leave university or college without finishing the course"

1. There have been a lot of burglaries in the neighbourhood recently.

2. They're thinking of buying an apartment in the neighbouring village.

3. The people who live near us are so neighbourly. If you ever need any help they are always available.

The police almost caught the man on several occasions but he kept slipping through their fingers.
"to slip through your fingers"
by scummy | 2008-04-30 23:29 | CAE

word bank #46

I'm going to read up on the subject before the interview just in case they ask me any questions about it.
read up: "to read a lot about something in order to become informed about it"

1. He really overreacted to the situation. It really wasn't as bad as he claimed.

2. An interesting chemical reaction takes place if you mix those two substances.

3. The government are planning to build a nuclear reactor on the coast.

This has been the coldest winter in living memory.
"in living money"
by scummy | 2008-04-30 23:24 | FCE

tighten your belt, flat broke, down the drain

a) Samuel was telling me he's really had to tighten his belt since losing his job.

b) Companies will have to tighten their belts following the latest rise in interest rates.

If you 'tighten your belt' you spend less money than previously because you have to economize.

a) Sorry, but I won't be able to go out this weekend. I'm flat broke.

b) She's so mean. You'd think she was flat broke the way she behaves even though she's worth a fortune.

If you are 'flat broke' you have no money.

a) He threw all his money down the drain after investing in stocks and shares.

b) Stephan is always throwing his money down the drain on gadgets that he quickly gets bored with.

If you throw money 'down the drain' you waste it or it doesn't produce the desired result.

1) Have you ever had to tighten your belt because you had less money to spend than usual?
2) Is there an activity you would most miss doing if you were flat broke?
3) Have you thrown money down the drain on something?
by scummy | 2008-04-29 21:51

word bank #97

I yearn for the opportunity to travel around the world.
yearn for: "to want something very much"

1. I'm afraid this painting is a copy and is worthless.

2. Do you think it's worthwhile calling the theatre to see if they have any spare tickets?

3. It was a very interesting idea and certainly worthy of attention.

1. The message was written in code and was impossible to read.

2. The club has a very strict dress code and you will not be allowed in useless you're dressed in a suit and tie.

3. Could you tell me what the area code is for London, please?
by scummy | 2008-04-29 21:50 | CPE

word bank #45

It was a crazy idea but I decided to play along with her plan just to keep her happy.
play along: "to give the impression you agree with someone or something even though you may not"

1. You need to be a great deal more tolerant if you want to get on better with people.

2. I had to complain to the neighbours in the end as the noise was intolerable.

3. I listened very tolerantly to his speech without interrupting, even though I strongly disagreed.

Don't worry. She won't mind being criticised. She's very thick skinned and doesn't easily get upset.
"to be thick skinned"
by scummy | 2008-04-29 21:49 | CAE

word bank #45

Fighting has broken out again between rival groups of supporters.
break out: "when a fight or war suddenly begins"

1. An explosive device was found in a car in the town centre.

2. The army have gone into the area to try to detonate an unexploded bomb.

3. There was an explosion followed by a flash of light.

The box was washed up on the bank of the river.
"the bank of the river"
by scummy | 2008-04-29 21:47 | FCE

caught in the act, face the music, keep your nose clean

a) What do you mean, it wasn't you who stole the money? You were caught in the act.

b) The burglars were caught in the act breaking into the house by a passing police patrol car.

If you are 'caught in the act' you are seen doing something wrong.

a) In the end he decided to face the music and admit to defrauding the company.

b) If I were you I'd face the music and admit to taking his pen.

If you 'face the music' you accept the consequences for doing something wrong.

a) Andy was always getting into trouble but lately he's managed to keep his nose clean.

b) The striker has been in trouble with the referee several times so far and needs to keep his nose clean or he'll be sent off.

If you 'keep your nose clean' you stay out of trouble.

1) Describe a time when you or a friend were caught in the act doing something you shouldn't have been doing.
2) Explain the benefit, if any, of facing the music if you've done something wrong.
3) Think of someone you know who needs to keep their nose clean.
by scummy | 2008-04-28 23:33

word bank #96

I put the wrong petrol in my car this morning and had to siphon it all off.
siphon off: "to get liquid out of a container with a tube"

1. The government are being accused of making a reversal of policy.

2. The operation is irreversible so I would seriously think about whether you want to go ahead.

3. This jacket is reversible with two different styles on each side.

1. He is a tremendous musician who many say is ahead of his time.

2. The player was cautioned by the referee for delaying the game by playing for time.

3. I'm living with my parents for the time being while my own place is being decorated.
by scummy | 2008-04-27 21:15 | CPE


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