Category Archives: Idioms

Still Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Here are some images and quotes from the web using our latest Idiom of the Week. Enjoy!

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Idiom of the Week: Barking Up the Wrong Tree

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Meaning: To be looking in the wrong place for an answer; to be thinking incorrectly about a problem.

Examples:

The man told the police that they were barking up the wrong tree and that he had nothing to do with the bank robbery.

You’ll be barking up the wrong tree if you ask him about English grammar because he doesn’t know anything about it.

Am I right or am I barking up the wrong tree?

 

Pop Quiz:

If you’re barking up the wrong tree, you…

A.  hit the nail on the head.

B.  got up on the wrong side of the bed.

C.  are on the wrong track.

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Tearjerkers Revisited

Like tearjerkers? Looking for some summer movie recommendations? Click on the picture above or here to go to Oprah.com for the 9 Best Tearjerkers.

 

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Idiom of the Week: Tear-Jerker

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Meaning: Describing a movie, book, or TV show that makes the audience or reader cry.

Examples:

Yeah, I saw that movie last week. It was a real tear-jerker.

They said it was going to be a tear-jerker but I actually thought it was kind of funny.

I saw someone on the plane crying as they were reading a book. It must have been a tear-jerker.

 

Pop Quiz:

What genre of movie would a tear-jerker most likely be?

A.  A comedy.

B.  A horror movie.

C.  A drama.

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Idiom of the Week: Elephant in the Room

Meaning: A big problem everyone is ignoring or afraid to talk about.

Examples:

His alcoholism was the elephant in the room. Everyone knew he had a drinking problem but no one said anything.

Politicians are focusing on the wrong issue and ignoring the elephant in the room.

It was the elephant in the room for a long time until Tamara finally said something about it.

 

Pop Quiz:

Why might there be an elephant in the room?

A.  Workers don’t want to get fired.

B.  Politicians want to get elected.

C.  Someone might get angry.

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John Hancock Revisited

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