GO OFF – English Idiom Lesson

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GO OFF Go off means to ring. When an alarm or bell goes off, it begins to ring. My alarm clock goes off every morning at 6 o’clock. THe smoke alarm goes off whenever I cook fish. What time does your alarm clock go off? If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not …

Sleep On It – American Idiom Lesson

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Sleep On It When you to sleep on something, it means that you need to consider that thing very carefully. Let me see…Going sky diving? I think I need to sleep on it. When I asked my boss if I could get a day off on Friday, he said he needs to sleep on it! How about you? Have you …

Pop The Question – American Idiom Lesson

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Pop The Question Pop means to suddenly appear. The “question”is, “will you marry me?” When someone pops the question, they propose marriage. Tommy and Kathy have been dating for five years and he finally popped the question. I heard that Mark popped the question when he took his girlfriend to Paris. How romantic! I heard from my mother that my …

Jam-Packed – American Idiom Lesson

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Jam-Packed When a place is jam-packed, it’s filled with people. When a space is jam-packed, it’s filled with many things. The train was jam-packed this morning. My suitcase is always jam-packed! How about you? Is the train or bus you take jam packed? If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them …

Keep At It – American Idiom Lesson

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Keep at it Keep at it means to keep doing something that you want to have success with. We often use keep at it when we want to encourage someone. You guys are doing a great job with your English so please keep at it? If you want to succeed at whatever you are doing, you need to keep at …

Take A Crack At It – American Idiom Lesson

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Take A Crack At When you take a crack at something, you try it or try doing it. They are going to open a rock climbing place near me. I think I’ll take a crack at it. I took a crack at golf. How about you? What is something you want to take a crack at? If you know anyone …

To Bite The Dust – American Idiom Lesson

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Bite the dust. Went to a machine or electronic equipment stops working, you can say that it bit the dust. Remember that bite is an irregular verb: bite…bit…bitten My old car finally bit the dust. My phone bit the dust when I dropped it in the bath. How about you? Do you have anything that has bitten the dust recently? …

A Blast From The Past – American Idiom Lesson

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A Blast From The Past When you experience something that gives you nostalgic or sentimental feelings you can say it’s a blast from the past. Hearing those old songs from my high school days was a blast from the past. I hung out with my friends from my high school days last weekend. It was a blast from the past. …

To Be Swamped – American Idiom Lesson

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Swamped! When you are swamped, you’re very busy and have little free time. A swamp is very thick with water and greens and that makes it hard work and very busy work to get through the swamp. I think this idiom comes from that idea. I was so swamped at work, I didn’t have time to eat lunch. I’m swamped …