By Edward Swick
ESL scholars taking intermediate-level classes will locate this booklet a valuable complement to their school room textbook. simply as very important, they're going to see it as a competent advisor to the intricacies of idiomatic American English. Why, in spite of everything, should 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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The children like to make believe. 78 To Make Oneself at Home Use this expression to say that you are so comfortable in someone else's home that you feel that you are almost in your own home. Take off your shoes and make yourself at home. They were so kind to me that they made me feel right at home. html (1 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:06 PM] Document 79 To Mind This phrase means that someone cares about or is not indifferent to or does not agree with what another person wishes. I don't mind. Go to the movies, if you want.
What's up? To Take Forty Winks This is a synonym for to take a nap. I'm really tired. I need to take forty winks.
107 To Twist around One's Little Finger Use this phrase to mean that someone (usually a girl) has another person (usually a boy) under her complete influence. The boy will probably do anything the girl asks. Poor Jack. Anna has him twisted around her little finger. They were very much in love, but Mother always had Father twisted around her little finger. 108 Well Off This is a synonym for rich or wealthy. The Browns live in that big house over there. They're really quite well off. 109 What on Earth?
American Idioms and Some Phrases Just for Fun (ESL Series) by Edward Swick