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word bank #100

She followed up an advertisement for a car that she had first seen in yesterday's newspaper.
follow up: "to try and find out more about something you have started to investigate"

1. I was completely mystifed by her strange attitude.

2. He was admitted to hospital with a mysterious illness. He must have caught a bug on holiday.

3. Will we ever understand the many mysteries of the universe?

Have we got a plan of action in case things go wrong on the day?
"a plan of action"
by scummy | 2008-07-25 22:26 | CAE

word bank #100

Just a minute caller. I'll put you through to our sales department.
put through: "to connect someone on the phone to the person they wish to speak to"

1. You'll have to speak up. This connection is really bad.

2. They had their gas disconnected for not paying their bill.

3. The police say the two crimes are completely unconnected. They share no similarities at all.

They've bought a brand new dishwasher with the money they won in the competition.
"brand new"
by scummy | 2008-07-25 22:25 | FCE

word bank #99

I've never really felt that I fit in with the people I work with. We have completely different interests.
fit in with: "to feel that you belong to a group of people because you are similar to them"

1. I don't know why you're so scared of mice. They're completely harmless.

2. Fortunately, everyone escaped from the train crash unharmed.

3. All harmful substances should be kept out of reach of children.

There are only two chocolates left so take your pick which one you want.
"to take your pick"
by scummy | 2008-07-25 22:24 | FCE

word bank #99

I was bowled over by their kindness and generosity. They were so hospitable.
be bowled over: "to be very impressed by something"

1. He likes to pretend he's very macho but actually he's a real softie.

2. The only thing that softens the impact of the Governement's strict new policies is that there might be less unemployment.

3. The computer came with lots of software bundled with the system.

The party was in full swing when there was a power cut and all the lights went out.
"to be in full swing"
by scummy | 2008-07-25 22:23 | CAE

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?
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?
by scummy | 2008-07-21 23:55

word bank #98

It didn't really sink in that I'd passed the exam until I saw my name printed on the list of successful students.
sink in: "to fully comprehend something"

1. It's highly questionable whether he'll attend the meeting. Relations between the two countries are not good.

2. Would you mind filling in this questionnaire? It should only take a few minutes.

3. She's unquestionably the best manager I've ever worked for. She has a wonderful ability to motivate people.

I'd like to place an order for a delivery of stationery please.
"to place an order"
by scummy | 2008-07-21 23:53 | CAE

word bank #98

I know she's always arguing with you, but at least she stands up for what she believes in.
stand up for: "to defend a person or point of view"

1. Experts are beginning to question the effectiveness of the Government's anti-drugs campaign.

2. The treatment he received for the injury was totally ineffective and he had to spend several weeks off work.

3. The couple had an enormous argument which effectively brought their relationship to an end.

Apparently the police will be making a statement about the arrest later today.
"to make a statement"
by scummy | 2008-07-21 23:53 | FCE

The World of Music

A piece of music
Be into ('like particular music)
To sing at the top of one's voice
To have a sign song
To listen to soothing music
To express yourself
To put you in a good mood/a good frame of mind
To raise our spirits
To unwind
To de-stress

Useful quotes
"It was once said that..."
If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing.
(Proverb from Zimbabwe)

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
(Red Auerbach)

Without music, life is a journey through a desert.
(Pat Conroy)

The history of a people is found in its song.
(George Jellinek)

Without music, life would be an error.
(Friedrich Nietzsche)
by scummy | 2008-07-21 23:44

word bank #97

I'm fed up with this weather. It's been pouring down with rain all afternoon.
pour down: "to rain heavily"

1. He can never make up his mind about anything. He's so indecisive.

2. It's the President's decisiveness that I admire most. He's a great leader.

3. They won decisively, 5-0.

It is quite a revolutionary system of doing business that stands on its head all orthodox principles.
"to stand on its head"
by scummy | 2008-07-21 23:43 | CAE


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