101 American English Idioms: Understanding and Speaking by Harry Collis

By Harry Collis

This selection of whimsically illustrated cartoons, dialogues, and narrative is especially designed to improve American English comprehension and pronunciation abilities

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40 Shoot the Breeze (chat informally) What are you going to be doing this afternoon? Oh, I don't have anything in particular in mind. Why don't you come over to my place? We can listen to some records and shoot the breeze. That sounds OK to me. I'd like to relax listening to music and visit and chat informally until my folks get back from shopping. 41 Bite the Dust (go down in defeat) Andy did exceptionally well in all of the track events, but he bit the dust in the high jump competition. Much to the disappointment of his fans, he went down in defeat, losing to a competitor from the visiting team.

She's borrowed some of my things before, and I've never said anything. I really doubt that she will protest very strongly. 53 Section Five Clothes Make the Man (and Woman) 54 Wet Blanket (dull or boring person who spoils the happiness of others) James was not invited to go on the outing with the rest of the group because he's such a wet blanket. On many previous occasions he has kept others from enjoying themselves by his pessimism and lack of enthusiasm. It's understandable that no one wants him around.

I don't blame you. That would have really bothered me too. ) For the past three hours Jerry had been trying to convince Linda to go to the art exhibition with him. " Jerry didn't like to be told to go away in such, a forceful manner. Nevertheless, he finally stopped trying to get Linda to attend the exhibition. 51 Kick the Bucket (die) It's been said that the old man knew of a buried treasure, but lie kicked the bucket before telling anyone where it was. If the treasure exists, the old man unfortunately took the secret of its location with him when he died.

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