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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.


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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Idiom of the Week: Jump the Gun

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Meaning: To do something too soon or before you should.


Don’t jump the gun and say “I love you” on the first date.

I shouldn’t have bought the plane tickets before asking my boss if I could take some vacation time. I jumped the gun.

If you jump the gun, you may do it incorrectly. Read the directions first.


Pop Quiz:

“Don’t jump the gun” has a similar meaning to…

A.  Hold your horses.

B.  Don’t kill two birds with one stone.

C.  Don’t let the cat out of the bag.

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Idiom of the Week: Drop the Ball

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Meaning: To make a mistake.


Sorry, I dropped the ball. It won’t happen again.

I really dropped the ball this time – I forgot my husband’s birthday!

If you keep dropping the ball you’re going to lose your job.


Pop Quiz:

Which of the following are examples of dropping the ball?

A.  Forgetting to pay your electricity bill, which results in your power being cut off.

B.  Showing up late to a job interview.

C.  Misspelling many words in an important business letter.

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In Seventh Heaven Revisited

Listen to a song hearkening all the way from 1929 using our latest Idiom of the Week. The Lyrics are below:


I’m in Seventh Heaven

Duane Smith & His Band

I’m in the seventh heaven

It’s easy to guess, my baby said yes

I know I’ve just thrown a great big seven

And she was the prize, what lips and what eyes


She’s got all the stuff, got all the things

She thinks that I’m angel enough without the wings

And that’s why I’m in the seventh heaven, heaven

Having a heck of a time



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Idiom of the Week: In Seventh Heaven

Meaning: Very happy


He made breakfast for his wife and she was in seventh heaven!

I just got my first paycheck. I’m in seventh heaven.

They were in seventh heaven after they heard the good news.


Pop Quiz:

What’s the opposite of in seventh heaven?

A.  To be sad.

B.  To be angry.

C.  To be disappointed.

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Drive Someone Up the Wall Revisited

Here’s a nice song courtesy of The Three B’s using our latest Idiom of the Week. Enjoy!


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