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By Edward Swick

ESL scholars taking intermediate-level classes will locate this booklet a worthwhile complement to their lecture room textbook. simply as very important, theyll see it as a competent advisor to the intricacies of idiomatic American English. Why, in spite of everything, may 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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A PHRASE JUST FOR FUN TO RAIN CATS AND DOGS This expression has absolutely nothing to do with animals. Use it when you want to say that it is raining very hard. I'm not going out there. It's raining cats and dogs! 81 In the Nick of Time This idiom says that someone is doing something at the best possible time and that what that person is doing is in the form of a rescue. The police arrived at the crime scene just in the nick of time. Bill stopped her from falling in the nick of time. 82 To Pay through the Nose Use this funny little expression to say that someone is paying far too much for something.

The word also suggests that this happens gradually. The sound of her voice died away as she disappeared into the fog. html (1 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:01 PM] Document 37 To Do Without This verb says that someone cannot bear being without a certain person or thing. I'm so depressed. I can't do without her. During the war we learned to do without many luxuries. 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.

Don't you think disco is a little out of date? 36 To Die Away Use this idiom to mean to become quieter or to become weaker. The word also suggests that this happens gradually. The sound of her voice died away as she disappeared into the fog. html (1 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:01 PM] Document 37 To Do Without This verb says that someone cannot bear being without a certain person or thing. I'm so depressed. I can't do without her. During the war we learned to do without many luxuries. 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.

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