By Edward Swick

ESL scholars taking intermediate-level classes will locate this booklet a useful complement to their school room textbook. simply as very important, theyll see it as a competent consultant to the intricacies of idiomatic American English. Why, finally, should still a newcomer to the English language be anticipated to make feel out of such words as get at the ball...make a beeline...have a bone to select? those and dozens extra words are defined, «translated» into extra formal English, and repeated in quite a few contexts.

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I read the last several pages of Anne Frank's diary with a lump in my throat. After the film he couldn't speak because he had a lump in his throat. 77 To Make Believe This is a synonym for the verb to pretend. Let's make believe we're hunting in the jungle. The children like to make believe. 78 To Make Oneself at Home Use this expression to say that you are so comfortable in someone else's home that you feel that you are almost in your own home. Take off your shoes and make yourself at home. They were so kind to me that they made me feel right at home.

I hurried right over after I got your phone call. What's up? To Take Forty Winks This is a synonym for to take a nap. I'm really tired. I need to take forty winks.

A PHRASE JUST FOR FUN TO PAINT THE TOWN RED This amusing phrase says that someone or some group of people went out for a long evening of fun. It also means that the fun-seekers probably had too much to drink. The night of graduation the whole class went down to Main Street to paint the town red. He was suffering from a hangover this morning because last night he painted the town red. 61 To Hitchhike/Hitchhiker/Hitchhiking This phrase describes getting a free ride in someone else's car. Hitchhikers usually stand at the side of a road, and wave their extended thumbs to passing cars as a signal that they need a free ride.

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