♦️dead-end job

🔸Meaning: a job that won't lead to anything else.

🔹Example 1: "Diane realized that working as a cashier was a dead-end job."

🔹Example 2: "Jim worked many dead-end jobs before finally deciding to start his own business."

♦️(let's) face it

🔸Meaning: accept a difficult reality.

🔹Example 1: "Let's face it, if Ted spent more time studying, he wouldn't be failing so many of his classes!"

🔹Example 2: "Let's face it, if you don't have a college degree, it can be difficult to find a high-paying job."

♦️(to) give sb the creeps

🔸Meaning: to create a feeling of disgust or horror.

🔹Example 1: "Ted's friend Matt has seven earrings in each ear and an "I Love Mom" tattoo on his arm. He really gives Nicole the creeps."

🔹Example 2: "There was a strange man following me around the grocery store. He was giving me the creeps!"

♦️(to) go back to the drawing board

🔸Meaning: to start a task over because the last try failed; to start again from the beginning.

🔹Example 1: "Frank's new business failed, so he had to go back to the drawing board."

🔹Example 2: "The president didn't agree with our new ideas for the company, so we had to go back to the drawing board."

♦️(to) go belly-up

🔸Meaning: to go bankrupt.

🔹Example 1: "Many people lost their jobs when Enron went belly-up."

🔹Example 2: "My company lost $3 million last year. We might go belly-up."



♦️(to) give someone the ax

🔸Meaning: to fire someone.

🔹Example 1: "Mary used to talk to her friends on the phone all day at work, until one day her boss finally gave her the ax."

🔹Example 2: "Poor Paul! He was given the ax two days before Christmas."

♦️(to) lose one's temper

🔸Meaning: to become very angry.

🔹Example 1: "Bob always loses his temper when his kids start talking on the telephone during dinner.

🔹Example 2: "When Ted handed in his essay two weeks late, his teacher really lost her temper."

♦️(to) make up one's mind

🔸Meaning: to reach a decision; to decide.

🔹Example 1: "Stephanie couldn't make up her mind whether to attend Harvard or Stanford. Finally, she chose Stanford."

🔹Example 2: "Do you want an omelette or fried eggs? You'll need to make up your mind quickly because the waitress is coming."

♦️no point in

🔸Meaning: no reason to; it's not worth (doing something).

🔹Example 1: "There's no point in worrying about things you can't change."

🔹Example 2: "There's no point in going on a picnic if it's going to rain.

♦️(to) put up with

🔸Meaning: to endure without complaint.

🔹Example 1: "For many years, Barbara put up with her husband's annoying behavior. Finally, she decided to leave him."

🔹Example 2: "I don't know how Len puts up with his mean boss every day."




♦️real flop or flop

🔸Meaning: a failure.

🔹Example 1: "The Broadway play closed after just 4 days - it was a real flop!"

🔹Example 2: "The company was in trouble after its new product flopped."

♦️(to) save the day

🔸Meaning: to prevent a disaster or misfortune.

🔹Example 1: "The Christmas tree was on fire, but Ted threw water on it and saved the day."

🔹Example 2: "We forgot to buy champagne for our New Year's party, but Sonia brought some and really saved the day!"

♦️(as) sharp as a tack

🔸Meaning: very intelligent.

🔹Example 1: "Jay scored 100% on his science test. He's as sharp as a tack."

🔹Example 2: "Anna got a scholarship to Yale. She's as sharp as a tack."

♦️(to) talk over

🔸Meaning: to discuss.

🔹Example 1: "Dave and I spent hours talking over the details of the plan.

🔹Example 2: "Before you make any big decisions, give me a call and we'll talk things over."

♦️top dollar

🔸Meaning: the highest end of a price range; a lot of money.

🔹Example 1: "Nicole paid top dollar for a shirt at Banana Republic."

🔹Example 2: "Wait until those jeans go on sale. Why pay top dollar?"

*End of lesson 01*


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