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  1. newlife2020

    I Love English

    (The) Elephant in the (living) room: an important topic or problem that everyone knows about but no one wants to discuss because it makes at least some of them uncomfortable. The degeneration of parental responsibility in this country is the elephant in the room, but no one in Washington wants...
  2. newlife2020

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    Go over like a lead balloon (UK version: go down like a lead balloon) Fail completely and be considered a flop by the public I’m afraid your plan went over like a lead balloon.
  3. newlife2020

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    a drop in the bucket: a very small amount compared with what is needed or expected. I'm glad Tony started repaying the money he borrowed from me, but the five dollars he gave me yesterday is just a drop in the bucket compared to what he still owes. Though there are hundreds of millions of...
  4. newlife2020

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    rain on someone's parade: prevent someone from enjoying an event; spoil someone's plans. - Oh dude this gig's gonna be so awesome and EVERYONE's gonna get so drunk! - Sorry to rain on your parade, but there's no alcohol allowed inside the building.
  5. newlife2020

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    not know (one) from Adam: not know someone by looking at them; never met someone before. between a rock and a hard place: a dilemma, a situation offering at least two possibilities, neither of which is acceptable.
  6. newlife2020

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    ball and chain: something that limits one's freedom or ability to do things Drugs are a ball and chain for many people. Resentment is a ball and chain; forgiveness sets you free again. Forgiveness offers you insurance against premature aging, a blocked heart, an unhealed past and an unhappy...
  7. newlife2020

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    floor it: to drive as fast as possible. A reference to the act of pushing the accelerator all the way to the floor of the car. Floor it, or we'll never get to the airport on time. run the (red) light: to drive quickly through a red traffic light instead of stopping Jones still faces a...
  8. newlife2020

    Football Vocabulary Illustrated

    I watch premier league, I'm a Tottenham Spurs fan. Here is a comprehensive page on football vocabulary. https://www.vocabulary.cl/english/football-soccer.htm Two pictures from this page:
  9. newlife2020

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    under the cosh: (British, informal) under pressure; in a difficult situation. They put us under the cosh for most of the game. A trick up (one's) sleeve: a secret plan, idea, or advantage that can be utilized if and when it is required. I've got a few tricks up my sleeve if he decides to pursue...
  10. newlife2020

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    doxing: searching for and publishing private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet. I know the behavior, but never heard of this English word.
  11. newlife2020

    What irks you?

    Forum posts that are full of spelling or grammar errors really irk me, not that they can't write Google English, they just don't bother correcting it.
  12. newlife2020

    Definition of irk

    Can it be replaced with pet peeve? One of my pet peeves is that people budge in line.
  13. newlife2020

    Do you use Google or online dictionary for word definitions?

    I Google a lot, I also a Chrome extension called "Google Dictionary" to define words. How about you?
  14. newlife2020

    I am a cat person

    I'm a cat person, I use my cat's photo as my avatar everywhere. My cat often sits besides my keyboard or pushes my keyword aside.
  15. newlife2020

    There is vs. there are

    There are many questions about the usage of "there is" and "there are" in my son't English tests, I wasn't confused about them until I saw these questions. Here is a very comprehensive guide. https://www.grammar.cl/Present/ThereIsThereAre.htm
  16. newlife2020

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    scrimp: be thrifty, if you scrimp on things, you live cheaply and spend as little money as possible. Scrimping on safety measures can be a false economy.
  17. newlife2020

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    deference: respect and esteem due a superior or an elder synonym: respect It was rare for him to treat a client with so little deference. In practical terms, Thomas pays far less deference to prior rulings of the Court than his colleagues do. in deference to: in consideration of returned...
  18. newlife2020

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    markup: the amount added to the cost price of goods to cover overheads and profit markdown: reduction in the price of something There will be a markup when you buy it, a markdown when you sell it and fees to store and insure it. An appraiser then values the structure, usually at a 15% markup to...
  19. newlife2020

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    a deer in (the) headlights: someone caught in a state of paralyzing surprise, fear, or bewilderment. Traders dream of profits but often freeze like deer in the headlights when a losing trade hits them.
  20. newlife2020

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    churlish: rude in a mean-spirited and surly way. It seems unnecessarily churlish to focus on the uselessness of the British monarchy during a royal wedding.
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