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Phrase: A tall story / A tall tale

Meaning: Something very hard to believe.

Example:
She told me a tall story about a UFO landing on her garden.

Date: 2017-12-10 01:37:50

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Subject: Expressions


Phrase: The great beyond

Meaning: The afterlife.

Examples:
Does the great beyond exist?
Nobody has returned from the great beyond.
I've got the following message from the great beyond: "Colonialism should be eradicated everywhere in the world. It is a sin."

Date: 2017-12-09 17:53:19

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Subject: Death


Phrase: In no time (at all) / In next to no time / In less than no time

Meaning: In a jiffy, in a moment, very soon.

Examples:
Everything will be up and running in no time at all. Everything is under control.
Your father should be here in less than no time, so put on your jacket. It's very cold outside.
She will be ready in next to no time.
Wait here. I'll be back in no time.

Date: 2017-12-09 17:51:48

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Subject: Time


Phrase: In a jiffy

Meaning: In a moment, in no time at all, very soon.

Example:
I need to spend a penny. I'll come back in a jiffy.

Date: 2017-12-09 17:51:16

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Subject: Time


Phrase: More often than not / As often as not

Meaning: Very often, usually, as a general rule.

Example:
More often than not, you will want to bring a sandwhich to avoid eating in that expensive restaurant.
As often as not, she leaves the door unlocked.

Date: 2017-12-09 00:39:52

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Subject: Frequency


Phrase: The next world / The world to come

Meaning: The place where some religious people think we or our souls go after death. Do not count on that world.

Date: 2017-12-08 16:50:14

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Subject: Religion


Phrase: Be (left) on the shelf

Meaning: Not to have been married; forgotten and out of reach.

Examples:
You are over forty, and have never had a boyfriend. You should find one soon, and get married, or you will be left on the shelf.
All our proposals have been left on the shelf, that is, ignored. We are not going to co-operate with you any longer.

Date: 2017-12-07 17:40:54

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Subject: Indifference


Phrase: Something is on the tip of your tongue

Meaning: If something is on the tip of your tongue, you cannot remember it now. You need more time.

Example:
What was her name? It is on the tip of my tongue... After a while... It was Yvonne

Date: 2017-12-07 00:36:48

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Subject: Memory


Phrase: Not a soul

Meaning: Nobody.

Examples:
It was so cold that there was not a soul (to be seen) in the street.
Do not worry. Your secret is safe with me. I will not tell a living soul.

Date: 2017-12-06 16:27:30

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Subject: Miscellany


Phrase: It works for me

Meaning: That's OK with me; I accept that.

Examples:
-I'll give you two hundred pounds for that old lamp.
-It works for me.

Date: 2017-12-06 16:27:08

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Subject: Miscellany


Phrase: Be up and running

Meaning: Functioning, in working condition.

Examples:
Once the car is up and running (ie, working again), I will let you know.
It will take quite a while to have everything up and running again. There is a lot of data missing, which we have to recover.
Don't worry. It'll be up and running in no time at all.

Date: 2017-12-06 00:35:37

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Subject: Expressions


Phrase: Give / Tell somebody a cock-and-bull story / tale

Meaning: To tell somebody an explanation that seems completely false.

Examples:
My husband gave me some cock-and-bull story about (his) having a meeting with a client at 2 am.
Please tell me the truth once and for all. I do not believe any of your cock-and-bull tales. I do not want more lies.
Yesterday you told me a cock and bull story about all you had to do to get here, but the truth is that you arrive late every single day. What is your cock and bull story for today?

Date: 2017-12-03 16:38:00

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Subject: Stupidity


Phrase: Get on somebody's nerves

Meaning: To annoy somebody very much.

Examples:
Stop making those noises, please. They're getting on my nerves. I can't concentrate.
You lied to me, and you know that liers get on my nerves.

Date: 2017-12-02 23:09:24

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Subject: Irritation


Phrase: Not to lift / raise a finger

Meaning: Not to do anything for someone or something, not to bother.

Examples:
They have been a real nuisance to me, so I am not going to lift a finger to help them.
Europe has not raised a finger to allow Catalonia to become a free nation.

Date: 2017-12-02 00:16:41

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Subject: Help


Phrase: There are no two ways about it

Meaning: Please note that 'there is', instead of 'there are', is also possible in this particular case. It means that there is no doubt about something. Example: If all you say is true, then he is innocent. There are no two ways about it.

Date: 2017-11-30 00:02:01

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Subject: Truth


Phrase: If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is a duck

Meaning: If someone or something has characteristics that undeniably belong to a group or species, then he or she or it is that thing. There are no two ways about it.

Date: 2017-11-30 00:01:43

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Subject: Truth


Phrase: Take to something like a duck to water

Meaning: To have the ability to learn something very easily. Example: He started ballet because his mother was a ballet dancer, and he took to it like a duck to water.

Date: 2017-11-30 00:01:20

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Subject: Ability


Phrase: am / a.m.
pm / p.m.

Meaning: a.m.: ante meridiem (Latin), ie before noon.
p.m.: post meridiem (Latin), that is to say, after noon.

Examples:
The match will be broadcast at 9 pm (ie, in the evening)
The match will be broadcast at 9 am (that is, in the morning)

Date: 2017-11-29 00:19:30

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Subject: Expressions


Phrase: eg / e.g.

Meaning: exempli gratia (Latin); for example, for instance:

Examples:
-Which one is the opium of the masses: religion or popular sports (eg, football and basketball)?
-I think it is money.

Continuous tenses refer to unfinished actions. Eg, She is watching TV (ie, now, this instant).

Date: 2017-11-29 00:19:10

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Subject: Expressions


Phrase: ie / i.e.

Meaning: id est (Latin); that is (to say). Example: We only need the most basic provisions, ie(,) canned food and water.

Date: 2017-11-29 00:18:49

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Subject: Expressions


Phrase: Breed like rabbits

Meaning: To have a lot of babies. Example: The Evans breed like rabbits. They already have ten children, and she has a bun in the oven.

Date: 2017-11-29 00:18:29

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Subject: Comparisons


Phrase: By the way

Meaning: It is used to add something unconnected to what you were saying; incidentally.

Compare:

By the way, didn't you know that Mrs Fox has gone hunting? She wants rabbit for supper. / Incidentally, didn't you know that Mrs Fox...

Then we reached that town, which is, incidentally, the one he mentioned in his poems.

Date: 2017-11-29 00:18:07

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Subject: Expressions


Phrase: Go to a better place / Be in a better place

Meaning: A euphemism for 'die'. This phrase seems to have religious connotations because there is nothing after death:
I am sorry to tell you that Mr Green is in a better place now (ie, dead).
Do you think that someone goes to a better place when he or she dies?

Date: 2017-11-26 23:35:49

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Subject: Death


Phrase: Weep like a woman for what you could not defend as a man (ie, Granada)

Author: Aixa, the Sultana of Granada, in 1492

Meaning: She told this to her son Boabdil (1459-1533): the king of Granada

Date: 2017-11-24 23:41:46

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Subject: Sadness


Phrase: The Thirteen Roses

Meaning: The Thirteen Roses were thirteen young women who were killed by the Franco regime on 5th August, 1939. A police firing squad shot them dead against a wall. Their crime was to be left-wing and republicans. The Kingdom of Castile still protects the Franco regime: Fundación Francisco Franco, Valle de los Caídos, Guardia Mora de Franco, names of streets and squares, statues, bars, and so on and so forth.

Date: 2017-11-24 23:40:06

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Subject: Punishment







 
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