#IOTW: Prepositional Idioms

Heyho, fellas! How’s your day? My schedule today was so chaotic in account of my poor time management. Thank God it’s over now.

Let’s talk about Prepositional Idioms tonight. I used one in my opening paragraph. Does anyone notice which idiom I used? The prepositional idiom I used was “in the account of” which meant “because of”.

There are hundreds of idioms that begin with prepositions in English. We will share just a few of them.

  1. at any rate | definition: whatever happens or is happening.
    • For example: At any rate, you shouldn’t quit your job.
  2. at a loss | definition: speechless; unsure of what to do or say.
    • For example: Jack was terribly confused–really at a loss.
  3. beside the point | definition: irrelevant.
    • For example: Your opinion is interesting, but beside the point.
  4. in the long run | definition: in the end; eventually.
    • For example: In the long run,moving to the new apartment may be a good thing.
  5. out of character | definition: unlike one’s usual behavior.
    • For example: It was out of character for Joshua to act so immature.
  6. under fire | definition: being shot at; being criticized.
    • For example: The parliament is under fire for being too noisy.
  7. up in the air (about someone or something) | definition: undecided / uncertain about someone or something.
    • For example: Will the company fire all of its employees? That’s up in the air.
  8. with a vengeance | definition: with great force or energy.
    • For example: Hilda works out with a vengeance when she goes to the gym.

Do you want to share any prepositional idioms that you know? C’mon, share one or two in the comment box below. :)

Well, that’s it for today. Don’t miss our upcoming sessions.

Compiled for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 10 February, 2016


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