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By Edward Swick

ESL scholars taking intermediate-level classes will locate this e-book a worthy complement to their lecture room textbook. simply as very important, theyll see it as a competent advisor to the intricacies of idiomatic American English. Why, in the end, should still a newcomer to the English language be anticipated to make feel out of such words as get at the ball...make a beeline...have a bone to choose? those and dozens extra words are defined, «translated» into extra formal English, and repeated in quite a few contexts.

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Why must you poke fun at your little brother? The other children always made fun of the way she walked. html (1 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:07 PM] Document 89 To Pull Oneself Together Use this phrase to say that someone is regaining control of himself and is correcting his or her previous behavior. She cried for two hours but finally pulled herself together in time for school. html (2 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:07 PM] Document Page 20 90 To Put on Airs This phrase means that someone is acting conceited or pretending to be far better than he really is.

95 To Run out Of This expression is used to say that someone has exhausted the supply of a certain product or that it is used up. I think we're about to run out of milk. They ran out of gas just before getting to Chicago. 96 From Scratch Use this prepositional phrase in place of from the beginning. I've lost count. I'd better start from scratch. 97 To See Eye to Eye This phrase is used to mean that two people agree on something. I think we can sign the contract. I believe we see eye to eye on this matter.

But this verb is also used in place of to think or to believe or to suppose. Do you want to go shopping? I guess so. I guess Maria won't be going to school today. She's still sick. 59 To Lend a Hand This idiom is a synonym for to help or to aid. You seem busy. Can I lend a hand? Jane was always willing to lend her teachers a hand. html (1 of 2) [12/30/2007 12:47:04 PM] Document 60 To Happen (To Know/To Be/To Do) The verb to happen means to occur. It happened on Friday night. What happened to you yesterday?

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