Friday, 1 April 2016

Word of the Week: Ball is in your court






Definition: when it is someone’s turn to take a decision or not.

Synonyms:  someone’s choice, responsibility.

Examples: - The plan is ready; the ball is in your court.
-     You must arrive on time or I will take sanctions against you, the ball is in your court.

Links:

http://thesaurus.babylon-software.com/the%20ball%20is%20in%20your%20court

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Word of the Week: by the skin of your teeth




Definition: when you do something and you only just succeed or nearly fail.

Synonyms: closely, almost, more or less.

Examples: - I succeeded the test by the skin of my teeth.
-     I avoided getting hit by the car by the skin of my teeth

Links:

http://daysgoneby.me/dyk-true-meaning-escaped-skin-teeth/
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/by-the-skin-of-your-teeth


Friday, 18 March 2016

Word of the Week: to feel under the weather



Definition: to be or feel ill.

Synonyms: diseased, sick, unhealthy, run-down

Examples: - I got cold, I am feeling under the weather
-                                              -You are working too much, that is why you feel under the weather

Links:

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/be-feel-under-the-weather

Friday, 11 March 2016

Word of the Week: to let the chips fall where they may



Definition: to let something happen, no matter what happens next

Synonyms: let it happen naturally, do not control everything.

Examples: - You are too anxious about the meeting with him, just let the chips fall where they may.

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Thursday, 3 March 2016

Word of the Week: to hit the nail on the head


Definition: to say exactly what explains a situation or problem.

Synonyms: right on, straight out, precise.

Examples: “-Are you disappointed because you could not take your exam?

-                                                  Exactly, you hit the nail on the head.”

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Saturday, 27 February 2016

Word of the week: to kill two birds with one stone


Definition: to succeed in achieving two things in a single action

Similar phrases: A win-win situation, the best of both worlds.

Examples: - I will go to the restaurant and drop this letter off at the post office on the way; that way, I'll kill two birds with one stone.

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Friday, 19 February 2016

Word of the Week: to make a long story short


Definition: telling something briefly, coming to the main point

Synonyms: to shorten, abbreviate, summarise

Examples: To cut a long story short, I got the job.

Leave out the details, make this long story short.

Links:

http://www.spindelvisions.com/shop/img/cms/css1535/page_title_blog.png
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/long-story-short