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#IOTW: Idioms about Transport (3)

Today we will learn more about transport idioms.
Do you know other idioms related to transport?

Let’s start.

  1. At a fork in the road.
    Meaning: a time when you have to make a difficult decision about something important.
    E.g. “I came at a fork in the road after my graduation.”
  2. Backseat driver.
    Meaning: someone who gives unwanted advice, unnecessarily criticizes, or lectures another person who is doing something.
    E.g. ” My aunt is a backsat driver. She needs to stop interfering the family discussion.”
  3. Clear the decks.
    Meaning: finish up less important tasks so that a more important project can start.”
    E.g. “I’m trying to clear the decks before Chinese Newyear.”
  4. Asleep at the wheel.
    Meaning: not paying attention to important things; failing to attend to one’s responsibilities or duties.
    E.g. “The charity party is cancelled because the event organizer was asleep at the wheel.”
  5. All hands on deck.
    Meaning: everyone is needed to help in a particular situation.
    E.g. “We need all hands on deck to make this event possible.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, January 19, 2020.

#IOTW: Idioms about Transport (2)

Today we will learn more about transport idioms.
Do you know other idioms related to transport?

Let’s start.

  1. Jump the track.
    Meaning: suddenly switch from one thought or activity to another.
    E.g. “We have to postpone the meeting because our boss jumped the track.”
  2. Train wreck.
    Meaning: something that fails completely or goes extremely badly.
    E.g. “Her life hit the train wreck after she dropped out of school.”
  3. Fly high.
    Meaning: having a great extent; at high point or high rank in one’s career.
    E.g. “My colleague flew high after getting the promotion.”
  4. Fifth wheel.
    Meaning: someone who has no real place or purpose in a situation.
    E.g. “I’m tired of being trated like the fifth wheel.”
  5. Sail through.
    Meaning: to move or proceed through in an easy, quick, and smooth way.
    E.g. “My brother sailed through the agreement and got the deal.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, January 6, 2020.

#IOTW: Idioms about Transport

Today we will learn about transport idioms.
Do you know some idioms related to transport?

Let’s start.

  1. Hit the road.
    Meaning: to leave a place or begin a journey.
    E.g. “We packed up and hit the road so we will be there before the show.”
  2. Run a tight ship.
    Meaning: to be very strict, managing an organization in an orderly and disciplined manner.
    E.g. “She ran a tight ship and won the competition in a perfect score.”
  3. Go off the rails.
    Meaning: to start behaving in a way that is not generally acceptable, especially dishonestly or illegally.
    E.g. “My brother went off the rail in middle school so my parents put him in the school dorm.”
  4. Bump in the road.
    Meaning: something that delays a process or prevents it from developing, relatively a minor one.
    E.g. “My friend and his divorced parents’ relationship has hit another bump in the road.”
  5. Rock the boat.
    Meaning: to say or do something that will upset people or cause problems.
    E.g. “Don’t rock the boat. The negotiation is on process to achieve an agreement.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, December 22, 2019.

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#EngVocab: Phrasal Verbs with ‘Sleep’

Today we will learn about sleep phrasal verbs.
Do you know some phrasal verbs with the word ‘sleep’?

Let’s start.
1. Sleep on it.
Meaning: delay making a decision until the following day, so you can think more about it.
E.g. “I can’t decide. Let me sleep on it, I’ll let you know tomorrow.”
2. Sleep in.
Meaning: remain asleep or in bed until later than usual in the morning.
E.g. “I usually sleep in at the weekends.”
3. Sleep through.
Meaning: to remain sleeping although there is a lot of noise around you.
E.g. “Please wake me up if I sleep through the alarm.”
4. Sleep over.
Meaning: to sleep in someone else’s home for a night.
E.g. “Don’t drive this late. You can sleep over in the big room upstairs.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, December 9, 2019.

#IOTW: Idioms about Skills

Do you know some idioms about skills?
Today we will learn about idioms related to skills.

Some idioms about skills:
1. Lose one’s touch.
Meaning: no longer be able to do or handle something as well as you could before.
E.g. “My boss just got the deal. He’s not losing his touch.”

  1. Bag of Tricks.
    Meaning: a set of skills, items of information, or other resources used to help achieve professional or personal goals.
    E.g. “The whole bag of tricks works like a charm. I got the job.”

  2. Beat Someone To The Draw.
    Meaning: to accomplish or obtain something quicker than someone else.
    E.g. “The defender beat my brother to the draw and stole the ball away.”

  3. Drop the Ball.
    Meaning: to make a mistake or fail, often because of carelessness or inattention.
    E.g. “My manager dropped the ball so we couldn’t get the agreement.”

  4. Find One’s Voice.
    Meaning: to manage to say something after being too nervous to talk, often because of fear or surprise or difficult circumstances.
    E.g. “My aunt revealed the thief’s description after she found her voice.”

  5. Green as Grass.
    Meaning: completely inexperienced or naive.
    E.g. “When my sister left school and started her first job, she was as green as grass.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, November 24, 2019.

#IOTW: Idioms about Friendship

Hello, fellas! How was your weekend?

Today we will learn more idioms about friendship.
Do you know some idioms about friendship?
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Let’s start.
1. Like two peas in a pod.
Meaning: very similar.
E.g. “My brother and his best friend were like two peas in a pod.”
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  1. To bury the hatchet.
    Meaning: to end a conflict and become friendly.
    E.g. “My father and my mother agreed to bury the hatchet after years of arguing.”
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  2. To hit it off.
    Meaning: find yourself immidately and naturally friendly with someone.
    E.g. “My cousin met his friend at school and hit it off right away.”
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  3. Joined at the hip.
    Meaning: refers to friends who are always seen together.
    E.g. “My sister and her best friend are not joined at the hip. They have their own personal lives and spaces.”
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  4. To see eye to eye with someone.
    Meaning: agree with someone.
    E.g. “I don’t always see eye to eye with my mother.”
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  5. To build bridges.
    Meaning: to promote friendly relations between people or groups.
    E.g. “The cafe owner should build bridges with next door butcher.”
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Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, November 10, 2019.

#EngVocab: Synonyms of ‘Problem’ (2)

Today we will learn about other ways to say ‘problem.’
Do you know the synonyms of ‘problem’?

Let’s start.
Some synonyms of ‘problems’:
1. Quandary
Meaning: a state of uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation.
Example:
“My friend was in a quandary about which job to accept.”
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Some synonyms of ‘problems’:
2. Plight.
Meaning: an unfavourable or unfortunate condition.
Example:
“I had great sympathy for his plight.”
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Some synonyms of ‘problems’:
3. Vexation.
Meaning: something that causes annoyance, frustration, or worry.
Example:
“My brother was facing a vexation at work.”
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Some synonyms of ‘problems’:
4. Muddle.
Meaning: a disordered or confusing state.
Example:
“My company got into an awful muddle with the tax forms.”
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Some synonyms of ‘problems’:
5. Hitch.
Meaning: a temporary interruption or problem.
Example:
“The ceremony went off without a hitch.”
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Some synonyms of ‘problems’:
6. Snag
Meaning: an unexpected or hidden obstacle.
Example:
“I take every snag in my way as a stepping stone.”
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Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, October 27, 2019.

#IOTW: Cat Idioms (2)

Do you know some cat idioms?

Here’s some cat idioms for you.
1. (Like) herding cats.
Meaning: difficult to coordinate.
Example: “She is like herding cats. We can’t cooperate with her.”

  1. A cat nap.
    Meaning: a short sleep during the day.
    Example: “It’s good to have a cat nap after the hard work.”

  2. Bell the cat.
    Meaning: take on a difficult or impossible task.
    Example: “My brother got a rise after he belled the cat.”

  3. Cat on a hot tin roof.
    Meaning: be extremely nervous.
    Example: “The trainee looks like a cat on a hot tin roof while waiting for the result of her internship application.”

  4. Cat’s paw.
    Meaning: a person being used by someone else.
    Example: “My friend treats his brother as a cat’s paw to get out of the problem.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, October 13, 2019.

#WOTD: Trouvaille

Today we will learn about ‘trouvaille’.
Do you know the meaning of the word ‘trouvaille’?

‘Trouvaille’ is a noun.
‘Trouvaille’ is pronounced as /trüˈvī/.
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‘Trouvaille’ means a valuable discovery, or a lucky find.
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Some synonims of ‘trouvaille’:
1. Collectible.
2. Valuable.
3. Showpiece.
4. Catch.
5. Godsend.
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Examples of ‘trouvaille’ in sentences:
“After searching for a while, we found a trouvaille in the library.”
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Examples of ‘trouvaille’ in sentences:
“The vase is a trouvaille, made from unique pattern glass.”
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Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, September 29, 2019.

#EngVocab: Other Ways to Say ‘Angry’

Today we will learn about other ways to say ‘angry’.
Do you know some synonyms of ‘angry’?

Let’s start.

  • Irate: being extremely angry.

E.g. “We have received some irate phone calls from customers.”

  • Vexed: annoyed, frustrated, or worried.

E.g. “It vexed me to think of others gossiping behind my back.”

  • Indignant: feeling or showing anger because of something that is wrong or not fair.

E.g. “My aunt was indignant after the false accusations.”

  • Aggrieved: unhappy and angry because of unfair treatment.

E.g. “My brother felt aggrievex at not being chosen for the team.”

  • Incensed: greatly enraged.

E.g. “The worker was incensed at the company decision to reduce yearly bonus.”

  • Waspish: readily expressing anger or irritation.

E.g. “The customer sounded waspish and impatient.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, September 15, 2019.

#EngVocab: Phrasal Verbs with ‘Beat’

Today we will learn about phrasal verbs with ‘beat’.
Do you know any phrasal verbs with ‘beat’?

Let’s start.

  • Beat to.

Meaning: to do something before someone else.
Example: “My company wants to release the same idea but another company has beat us to it.”

  • Beat out.

Meaning: to defeat or finished before the competitor.
Example: “The new leader beat out the rival company leader and won the contract.”

  • Beat up.

Meaning: to blame or critisize yourself or someone else.
Example: “Don’t beat up yourself up. You need to let it go.”

  • Beat down.

Meaning: to force someone to accept a lower price than what they wanted.
Example: “You need to beat down the seller to the price that suits you.”

  • Beat off.

Meaning: to stop someone or something from succeeding.
Example: “The small shop beat off the supermarket in selling the accesories.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, July 21, 2019.

#EngVocab: Phrasal Verbs with ‘Throw’

Today we will learn about phrasal verbs with ‘throw’.
Do you know phrasal verbs with ‘throw’?

Let’s start.

  • Throw off.

Meaning: get rid of something that has prevented you from doing what you want or behaving in the way you want.
Example: “It took me a week to throw off my cold.”

  • Throw in.

Meaning: add something extra without asking for more money.
Example: “I printed extra pictures and they threw in a photo album.”

  • Throw up

Meaning: produce something new in a hurry.
Example: “The company threw up other colours in the design.”

  • Throw away

Meaning: to waste something.
Example: “Don’t throw away this opportunity!”

  • Throw out.

Meaning: to discard something worthless or unnecessary.
Example: “We decided to throw out all our old clothes.”

  • Throw down.

Meaning: cause something to drop.
Example: “She threw down the magazines and went out.”

  • Throw on.

Meaning: to put on a piece of clothing quickly and carelessly.
Example: “I just threw down a pair of jeans and a T-shirt.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, July 4, 2019.

#WOTD: Gash

Today we will learn about ‘gash’.
Do you know the meaning of the word ‘gash’?

‘Gash’ is a noun.
‘Gash’ is pronounced as /ɡaSH/.
‘Gash’ is an English slang word.
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‘Gash’ means a long, deep cut in your skin or in the surface of something.
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Some synonims of ‘gash’:
1. Laceration.
2. Tear.
3. Split.
4. Rip.
5. Gouge.
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Examples of ‘gash’ in sentences:
“The explosion left a wide gash in the rock.”
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Examples of ‘gash’ in sentences:
“He was bleeding from a gash on his head.”
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Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

#EngTrivia: “Happy” vs “Glad”

Do you know the difference between “happy” and “glad”?

“Happy” and “glad” are both adjectives.

We use them when we want to express pleasure.

The meaning of those words are almost the same but they are different in the term of usage.
“Happy” indicates a stronger feeling than “glad”.

“Happy” is more accented and positive, deeper felt.

“Happy” means:

  1. Feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.

a. having a sense of confidence in or satisfaction with (a person, arrangement, or situation).

E.g. “We are happy to announce the engagement of our daughter.”
b. satisfied with the quality or standard of.

E.g. “I had a very happy childhood.”
c. willing to do something.

E.g. “I’d be happy to help you.”
d. used in greetings.

E.g. “Happy new year, my best friend.”
2. Fortunate and convenient.

E.g. “I’m happy to have known you.”

(According to Google Translate Dictionary)
“Glad” is more formal than “happy”. We usually use “glad” in writing business letters or emails.

“Glad” is generally the opposite of sad and gloomy.

“Glad” means “pleased; delighted” (according to Google Translate Dictionary)

E.g. “I am glad to hear that you have passed the examination with a good record.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, January 7, 2018.

#UKSlang: UK Slang (11)

Today we will learn about other UK slangs  apart from those we have talked about in past sessions.

Let’s start!
1. Laughing gear: one’s mouth.

E.g. “It’s not funny. Shut your laughing gear!”
2. Know one’s onions: well versed on a subject.

E.g. “That guy sure knows his onions.”
3. Hard cheese: expression of bad luck.

E.g. “The new rules is a hard cheese for the employees.”
4. Go to spare: become angry or frustrated.

E.g. “All his problems make him go to spare.”
5. Eating irons: eating utensils.

E.g. “Let us prepare the eating irons.”
6. Do one’s nut: become enraged.

E.g. “I gave him the news, and he did his nut.”
7. Bang to the rights: caught in the act.

E.g. “The police came and caught the robber bang to rights in front of the store.”
8. Argy-bargy: heated confrontation.

E.g. “I don’t want us to get into argy bargy just because of this small problem.”
9. All mouth and no trousers: all talk, no action.

E.g. “He’s all mouth and no trousers. Nobody wants to listen to him.”
10. Sad arse: pathetic person.

E.g. “You are a sad arse! Can’t you even boil an egg?”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

#UKSlang: UK Slang (11)

Today we will learn about other UK slangs  apart from those we have talked about in past sessions.

Let’s start!
1. Laughing gear: one’s mouth.

E.g. “It’s not funny. Shut your laughing gear!”
2. Know one’s onions: well versed on a subject.

E.g. “That guy sure knows his onions.”
3. Hard cheese: expression of bad luck.

E.g. “The new rules is a hard cheese for the employees.”
4. Go to spare: become angry or frustrated.

E.g. “All his problems make him go to spare.”
5. Eating irons: eating utensils.

E.g. “Let us prepare the eating irons.”
6. Do one’s nut: become enraged.

E.g. “I gave him the news, and he did his nut.”
7. Bang to the rights: caught in the act.

E.g. “The police came and caught the robber bang to rights in front of the store.”
8. Argy-bargy: heated confrontation.

E.g. “I don’t want us to get into argy bargy just because of this small problem.”
9. All mouth and no trousers: all talk, no action.

E.g. “He’s all mouth and no trousers. Nobody wants to listen to him.”
10. Sad arse: pathetic person.

E.g. “You are a sad arse! Can’t you even boil an egg?”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

#EngVocab: Other Ways to Say ‘Whisper’

Today we will learn about other ways to say ‘whisper’.
Do you know other words to say it?

Let’s start.

  • Murmur.

Meaning: say something in a low, soft, or indistinct voice.
E.g. “He took the mug of coffee with a murmur of thanks.”

  • Mutter.

Meaning: speak quietly and in a low voice that is not easy to hear, often when you are worried or complaining about something.
E.g. “The woman next in line began to mutter of discontent to herself.”

  • Mumble.

Meaning: say something indistinctly and quietly, making it difficult for others to hear.
E.g. “I wish you wouldn’t mumble. I can’t hear you clearly.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, June 9, 2019.

#EngVocab: Other Ways to Say ‘Difficult’ (2)

Today we will learn more about other ways to say ‘difficult’.

You can review the first lesson here https://englishtips4u.com/2019/05/12/engvocab-other-ways-to-say-difficult/

Let’s start.

  • Onerous: involving a great deal of effort, trouble or difficulty (of a task or responsibility).

E.g. “This is the most onerous task I have ever done.”

  • Herculean: requiring great strength or effort.

E.g. “Moving the stove will be a herculean endeavor.”

  • Knotty: extremely difficult or intricate

E.g. “The new management team faces some knotty problems.”

  • Cumbersome: difficult to use or handle; very complicated and inefficient.

E.g. “Although the machine looks cumbersome, it is actually easy to use.”

  • Sisyphean: impossible to complete (of a task).

E.g. “It is a sisyphean endeavor to get the two company to work together in a constructive manner.”

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, May 12, 2019.