Category Archives: Idioms

Idiom of the Week: Runs in the Family

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Meaning: A hereditary health problem; expressed as “Something runs in someone’s family.”

Examples:

Baldness runs in my family. If you look at our family reunion photos you see a lot of shiny heads!

You should tell your doctor if heart disease runs in your family.

Diabetes runs in her family but luckily she doesn’t have it.

Pop Quiz:

If something runs in someone’s family, it….

A.  Is genetic.

B.  Isn’t genetic.

C.  All of the above.

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Idiom of the Week: Hit the Road

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Meaning: Begin a journey.

Examples:

Are you ready to hit the road now?

Let’s hit the road. We are running late.

I will hit the road when I have enough time and money.

Pop Quiz:

What’s the opposite of hit the road?

A. Leave

B. Depart

C. Stay home

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Idiom of the Week: A Gray Area

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Meaning: Used to describe something that could maybe be right and maybe be wrong, depending on the situation. Usually used with “There is/There’s.”

Examples:

It’s against the law to speed but of course there’s a gray area. What if there’s a wild elephant chasing you?

Usually it’s bad to lie but in some situations there’s a gray area.

There is no gray area when it comes to cheating on a test. It’s never okay.

 

Pop Quiz:

If someone says “There’s a gray area,” they’re telling you that they think…

A.  Something is definitely bad.

B.  Something is maybe bad, but not always.

C.  Something is not bad at all.

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Still Having the Time of Our Lives

Here’s a classic song from the ’80s along with lyrics using our latest Idiom of the Week – enjoy!

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Idiom of the Week: Have the Time of Your Life

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Meaning: To have a lot of fun; to really enjoy something

Examples:

We had the time of our lives when we went to Barcelona on vacation.

Come to the party tonight! You’ll have the time of your life!

Everybody’s out there having the time of their lives and here I am all alone on New Year’s Eve.

 

Pop Quiz:

What’s the opposite of having the time of your life?

A.  Being bored

B.  Being excited

C.  Being interested

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Idiom of the Week: Take the High Road

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Meaning: To be polite to one’s enemies even if they say bad things about you.

Examples:

The candidate decided to take the high road and not run any negative TV ads.

When people insult her she usually takes the high road. Usually.

It’s not easy to take the high road, but people will respect you more when you do.

 

Pop Quiz:

Which idiom is the opposite of take the high road?

A.  Fight fire with fire

B.  Take an eye for an eye

C.  Give someone a taste of their own medicine

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Still Jumping the Gun

Here’s an interesting video about what happens when you “jump the gun” at the Olympics:

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