Idiom: A blessing in disguise Meaning: Something that at first appears to be bad or unlucky but is actually good. Example: Mike: I heard you lost your job. Is that true? Sam: Yeah, it is! But losing my job was a blessing in disguise. Mike: How so?
Idiom: to be a turkey Example: John: I can’t find my laptop. I hope I didn’t lose it or get it stolen. Eli: Oh yeah! I forgot to tell you, Kazu borrowed your laptop this morning. He said he would have it back to you before class.
Idiom:You look like you have just seen a ghost! Example: Joe: Jane! Are you all right? You look like you have just seen a ghost! Jane: I just got really shocking news from my doctor. We are having triplets. Joe: 3 babies?! Jane: Now YOU look like
Idiom: To make one’s blood run cold Example 1: Don’t see the movie “The Exorcist!” It’s so scary! It made my blood run cold! Example 2: There was a terrible car accident near my home. The sound of the crash made my blood run cold! It was so shocking and scary. Meaning: something makesone’s blood
Idiom: In cold blood Context #1: John: Did you hear about that serial killer who appeared in court today? Sam: Yeah, I heard the judge sentenced him to life in prison with no parole. John: That’s right. He killed about 10 people in cold blood
Idiom: skeleton crew; used as a noun First Example: Toby: Are you going to the concert this Saturday? Claire: No. I have to work Saturday night. Toby: That’s too bad – but maybe you can get off a little early? It’s usually pretty slow on
Idiom: To hit the books Context #1 – Two students just got back from the one-week break and are starting a new term at Language Systems in LA. Jeff: What a vacation! San Francisco was beautiful and the weather was perfect. Katie: I know. It’s nice to
Idiom: to strut one’s stuff Context #1 – Two people are watching a soccer game and one of the players just scored a goal. Jen: Goal!!! That was a great shot! Look at him strut his stuff! Kat: Hmmm. I think that was just a lucky shot. Jen: Seriously?
Idiom: at face value Example 1-Sales representatives will do anything to sell you their product. So, don’t take their word at face value. Example 2-Charlie is very smart; if he gives you legal advice, you should take it at face value. Meaning: “at face value” means the superficial
Idiom: to face the music Example 1- (In school)Sally didn’t study for her tests this week. She’ll have to face the music when it’s time to show her parents her results. Example 2- I had to face the music after the teacher caught me using my