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get lost!: go away
"I wish he'd get lost and stop bothering me. I don't want to talk to him!"
get on one's nerves: irritate someone; make someone upset.
"I know you like that song, but it's getting on my nerves. Can you play
get a move on: hurry
"If you don't want to be late, you'd better get a move on."
get one's wires crossed: be confused or mistaken about something.
A: "Bill said there was a meeting this morning. Don't we have one?"
B: "No. The meeting's tomorrow. I guess Bill got his wires crossed."
get out of hand: become out of control; become badly managed.
"Your absences are getting out of hand, Bob. You'd better do something
quickly to improve the situation if you want to keep your job."
Get real!: Be realistic! / Don't be naive.
A: "I'm going to Las Vegas. I know I'll win a lot of money!"
B: "Get real! You'll probably lose a lot of money!"
get up and go: energy.
"I'm really tired. I don't have any get up and go."
give someone a hand (1): help someone.
"I can't do this alone. Can you give me a hand?"
give someone a hand (2): applaud (to show respect or appreciation for
"Dave's done a wonderful job with The ESL Caf?on the Web.
Let's give him a hand!"
a (real) go-getter: a (very) ambitious, hard-working person.
"I'm not surprised that Jean finished before anyone else. She's a real
go with the flow: take things as they come.
"There's no need to worry. Everything will be OK if you just go with the
grab a bite: get something to eat.
"I'm really hungry. Would you like to grab a bite with me?"
"I don't think you can depend on Jack to do that job by himself. He's too
had ('d) better: be obliged to; should (strong).
"You'd better leave soon. If you don't, you'll miss your bus."
hassle (noun): a troublesome situation; something troublesome that
interrupts one's normal routine.
"I know it's a hassle to complete this form now, but Mr. Rogers
needs it in his office by the end of the day."
hard feelings: anger; animosity; bitter feelings.
A: "I'm sorry that Jim got the job instead of you."
B: "I have no hard feelings toward him; I know that he had stronger
hard-headed: stubborn; inflexible; unwilling to change.
"I don't think Julie will change her mind. She's pretty hard-headed."
hassle (verb): annoy; bother; interrupt one's normal routine.
"If you'd stop hassling me, I might get this finished on time!"
have one's hands full: be extremely busy.
A: "Will you be able to help us this afternoon?"
B: "I'm afraid not. I'll have my hands full trying to finish my research
have/has ('ve/'s) got: have/has.
"Dave's got a son whose name is Benjamin and a daughter whose name is
have something down pat: know/understand something completely and
"I know I did well on the test. I had all the material down pat."
head honcho: person in charge; top boss.
"Dave's the head honcho of the ESL Cafe on the Web."
hit the books: study.
"I wish I could go to the movies, but I've got to hit the books."
hit the hay: go to bed; go to sleep.
"It's late, so I guess I'll hit the hay."
hit the sack: go to bed.
"I'm really tired. I think I'll hit the sack."
How come?: Why? (statement word order).
"How come you weren't at the party?"
if I had my druthers: if I could do what I wanted/preferred.
"If I had my druthers, I'd stay home from work today."
in over one's head: in a situation that is too much / too difficult for
one to manage.
"Do you have time to help me? I thought I could do this myself,
but I'm afraid I'm in over my head. I just can't handle things alone."
inside out: with the inner part on the outside and the outer part on the
"Why are you wearing your tee shirt inside out?"
in stock: in supply and available to buy / sell.
"I'm sorry, but we just sold our last pair of hiking boots. If you come
at the end of the week, however, we should have some more in stock.
in the black: profitable; not showing a financial loss.
"What did you do to increase profit and eliminate losses?
We've been in the black for two months in a row."
in the red: unprofitable; showing a financial loss.
"We have to do something to increase profit and decrease losses.
We've been in the red for two months in a row."
in time: not late.
"I thought I was going to be late for my flight, but it was delayed, so I
was still in time."
jump all over someone: severely criticize / find fault with someone.
A: "What's wrong with Joe?"
B: "He's feeling bad because his boss jumped all over him this morning."
jump the gun: do something before it's time to do it.
A: "How did Marsha know about the party? It was supposed to be a
B: "Chuck jumped the gun. Without thinking, he said, 'I'm bringing the
cake at your party;
I hope you like it!"
jump to conclusions: decide something too quickly and without thinking
about it or
considering all the facts.
A: "Angela just doesn't like me. She won't even say hello."
B: "You're jumping to conclusions. Actually, she's very shy."
junk mail: unsolicited mail (usually advertisements for something you're
not interested in).
"I didn't have any letters today--only junk mail."
keep an eye on: check something regularly.
"You're busy, so you'll need to keep an eye on the time.
Remember that we have to leave at 4:30."
keep an eye out for: watch for.
"I'll keep an eye out for John. If I see him, I'll tell him you want to
talk to him."
keep one's chin up: remain brave and confident in a difficult situation;
don't despair or worry too much.
"I know that things have been difficult for you recently,
but keep your chin up. Everything will be better soon."
keep one's nose to the grindstone: stay diligent; steadily work hard,
without breaks or an uneven pace.
"If I keep my nose to the grindstone, I should be finished by the end of
keep/stay in touch (with someone): remain informed (about someone) / in
contact (with someone) by writing, calling, sending e-mail, etc. on a
"I haven't seen Frank for two or three years but we keep (stay) in touch
keep one's fingers crossed: hope for the best.
A: "How did you do on the test?"
B: "I think I passed, but I won't know until tomorrow.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed!"
kid (noun): child.
A: "You have three kids, don't you?"
B: "That's right. I have two girls and a boy."
kid (verb): playfully say something that isn't true.
"I was kidding when I said my teacher was a monster. She's strict,
but she's actually a very nice person."
kind of: rather; more or less; a little.
"I'm feeling kind of hungry. I think I'll make myself a sandwich."
a klutz: an awkward, uncoordinated person.
"Don't ask Jeff to dance with you. He's a real klutz and will probably
step on your feet!"
a know-it-all: someone who acts as if he/she knows everything--as if no
can tell him/her anything that he/she doesn't already know.
"Don't try to make any suggestions to Bob. He's a know-it-all
and won't pay attention to anything you say."
know something backwards and forwards: know/understand something
completely and thoroughly.
"If you have a question about html tags, ask Susan. She knows html
backwards and forwards."
know something inside out: know/understand something thoroughly.
"If you have a question about grammar, ask Dr. Martin. She knows grammar
lend someone a hand: help someone.
"I can't do this alone. Can you lend me a hand?"
leave well enough alone: do nothing (because doing something would make
"Don't tell Jim how to discipline his children. Leave well enough alone."
a let-down: a disappointment; something that's very disappointing.
"It must've been quite a let-down not to be chosen for that job.
I know you really hoped you would get it."
Let sleeping dogs lie.: Don't cause problems by doing something when it
"I know that what Julie said made you angry, but let sleeping dogs lie.
If you say or do anything, you'll only make things worse."
live from hand to mouth: survive on very little money; have only enough
to pay for basic needs.
"Chuck and Alice are living from hand to mouth since Chuck lost his job."
live and let live: don't unnecessarily make things difficult;
do as you wish and let others do as they wish.
"I'm not going to criticize Alice's family just because their habits
are a little strange. My motto is 'Live and let live.'"
- Rep Power
i thik they are very useful
Originally Posted by wemer
thak you very much
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