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TOPIC: Common English Idioms Series 2 | 영어 관용구: 시리즈 2

영어 관용구: Once In A Blue Moon 3 years 3 weeks ago #7556

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Once in a blue moon (idiom): not often; very infrequently

Tip to help you remember: blue moon (n.): a second full moon in a calendar month – which, as you know, does not happen very often



Examples
1. Situation: A husband surprising his wife with flowers.
Husband: (Handing his wife flowers) Honey, I just want to tell you I love you.
Wife: (Smiles) Darling, they are beautiful. What did you do wrong? (Laughing)
Husband: (Laughing) Nothing. Can’t I spoil my wife every now and then?
Wife: You can! And although we’ve been married 10 years, every once in a blue moon you still surprise me.

2. Situation: A great employee making a mistake at work.
Boss: Jim, you made a mistake on your report; don’t let it happen again!
Jim: Why are you so angry? It’s my first mistake in 4 years.
Boss: I know, but I don’t like mistakes.
Jim: Sure, but I only make mistakes once in a blue moon, so please calm down.

3. Situation: A father talking to his teenage son.
Son; Dad, I got 98% on my math’s test. Who’s da man?
Father: You’re the man! You’re the man, for sure!
Son: See, every once in a blue moon I can be a good son.
Father: You’re always a good son. Well, apart from when you are a bad one (Laughs).

Bonus Vocabulary
Who’s the/da man? (slang exp.): said to boast or show off one’s skill
mistake (n.): an error; doing something in the wrong way
report (n.): an account of something that one has seen, heard, done, or investigated
angry (adj.): emotionally agitated; upset and frustrated
denote (v.): to show or highlight; draw attention to

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영어 관용구 | English Idiom Lessons | 3 years 2 weeks ago #7558

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On the house (idiom): (of a drink or meal in a bar or restaurant) at the management's expense; free (e.g. the bartender gives you a free drink)

Tip to help you remember: house (n.): a restaurant or inn (a slightly dated definition)



Examples
1. Situation: A regular customer having a drink at a bar.
Bartender: This round is on the house, Chuck.
Customer: Thanks, that’s awfully kind of you.

2. Situation: A restaurant manager is trying to placate a very angry customer.
Customer: What the…! This pudding is off! I want to see the manager!!!
The manager walks quickly to the hostile customer’s table.
Manager: What seems to be the problem?
Customer: What seems to be the problem? This pudding is off!
Manager: I am awfully sorry, sir. Let me take it away.
Customer: Great, but what will you do to make it up to me? It was disgusting!
Manager: I understand. Let me get you a nice glass of wine; on the house, of course.

3. Situation: A lady telling her friend about a lucky experience she had at a café.
Jill: Do you know the new café near the gym?
Sally: Yeah, why?
Jill: I went there yesterday and they gave me a slice of cake on the house.
Sally: Really? Why?
Jill: I guess they are trying to promote their business.
Sally: Well, lucky you!


Bonus Vocabulary
round (n.): a drink; a set of drinks bought for all the members of a group
awfully (adv.): very (generally used in spoken, casual English)
hostile (adj.): unfriendly; mean and angry
placate (v.): try to make (someone) less angry or hostile
off (adj.): not fresh; describing food that has gone bad
make it up to (someone) (idiom): to do something to apologize or make amends
lucky you (exp.): said to acknowledge when something lucky happens to someone

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영어 관용구: 시리즈 2 | 오이스터 카페 - 영어 공부 - 관용구 | Pick a fight 3 years 1 week ago #7561

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Pick a fight (idiom): to start a fight; to talk or behave in such a way as to provoke an argument or fight.

Tip to help you remember: If you ‘pick on someone’, then you are probably trying to pick a fight with them.



Examples
1. Situation: The school bully (Dave) is trying to pick a fight with another student.
Dave: Billy, you are such an idiot.
Billy: Leave me alone. Why do you always have to pick on me?
Dave: Because you’re a fool.
Billy: Fool? Did you call me a fool?
Dave: Yeah, I called you a fool, fool!
Billy: Why? What did I do to you?
Teacher: Billy! Dave! Stop being hostile towards each other; this is a school ground, not a boxing ring! And Dave, stop picking fights with fellow students.

2. Situation: Two people are gossiping in the office.
Gina: Did you hear that Mary has a meeting with the boss today?
Layla: No, I didn’t hear that. What’s the meeting about?
Gina: Well, a little bird told me that Mary tried to pick a fight with the janitor.
Layla: Oh my gosh! Really?
Gina: I’m just telling you what I heard.

3. Situation: A parent giving their son advice.
Parent: I heard you tried to pick a fight at school today.
Child: Yes, but the other kid was mean to me.
Parent: Why? What did they do?
Child: They called me a fool and said I was stupid.
Parent: I understand, but you can’t pick fights with people. Next time someone bullies you just talk to a teacher, OK?

Bonus Vocabulary
pick on someone (exp.): to be mean to someone
provoke (v.): try to get someone to react to something; upset or anger someone
fool (n.): a stupid or unintelligent person
janitor (n.): person responsible for cleaning and maintaining a building/office
bully (v.): to be mean to someone for no reason

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Give someone the evil eye 1 year 6 months ago #7646

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give someone the evil eye: If you 'give someone the evil eye', then you are looking at them with anger and disgust.

Examples
1. My mom gave me the evil eye when I was late home.
2. I think he is giving me the evil eye.
3. Why is she giving the boss the evil eye?
4. I always give the evil eye to people who drive like idiots.
5. I think Mary is giving me the evil eye because I threw her under the bus in yesterday’s office meeting.

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