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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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Elephant in the Room Revisited

Here are some cartoons and comic strips using our latest Idiom of the Week:

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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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Idiom of the Week: John Hancock

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Meaning: A signature; named after one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Examples:

I’m going to need your John Hancock on these documents.

If we don’t get employees’ John Hancocks on their time sheets they won’t get paid!

I won’t put my John Hancock on this contract until some changes have been made!

 

Pop Quiz:

Why do you think this idiom is named after John Hancock?

A.  Because he was the most important person among the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

B.  Because he had a big, beautiful signature.

C.  Because his name was easy to spell.

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Idiom of the Week: Lose It

Meaning: To suddenly get very angry.

Examples:

My teacher absolutely lost it when I told him I forgot to do my homework again.

This morning a man bumped into a woman as he was getting on the train and the woman lost it.

You better stop talking and just walk away because it looks like he’s going to lose it.

 

Pop Quiz:

What might make someone lose it?

A.  Lending them money.

B. Making them dinner.

C. Spilling their coffee.

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