V0cabulary, Idioms & Expressions (VIE)
Crack downEnforce the law by taking severe measuresto restrict criminal actionsFollowing the increase in road accidents, t...
Lay down the lawSomeone who tells people very forcefullywhat to doThe volunteers are disorganised; they needsomeone to lay...
Above boardAn open, honest and legal situation orbusiness.There are no secret negotiations. Ourdealings have always been a...
Take the bread out ofsomebodys mouthTo take away a person’s means of earning alivingThe ban on street vendors took the bre...
Sticking pointA controversial issue that stops discussions.Ownership of Falkland Islands is still asticking point for Brit...
19 March 2012Bone of contentionA matter about which there is a lot ofdisagreement."The salaries have been agreed on, but w...
20 March 2012The wheels fall offA situation where everything starts to go wrong"The wheels fell off Whitney Houston’s care...
21 March 2012The left hand doesnt know what the right is doingCommunication within a group is so bad thatpeople dont know ...
22 March 2012Sponge offLive at the expense of another without doingsomething in return.     "Amy has been sponging off her...
23 March 2012Live from hand to mouthNot having enough money to save, with allmoney spent on food and essentials."Most fami...
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  • Good morning Mr Vasu, Mrs Ong, Mr Lau, teachers and fellow school mates. My name is _________________ and I am from 3E1. Today, I am going to share 2 VIEs related to Health & Wellness. Please write them in your student handbook. The first VIE is ….. and the meaning is …….Sentence The 2 nd VIE is … and the meaning is ….. Sentence Thank you
  • Good morning Mr Vasu, Mrs Ong, Mr Lau, teachers and fellow school mates. My name is _________________ and I am from 3E1. Today, I am going to share 2 VIEs related to Health & Wellness. Please write them in your student handbook. The first VIE is ….. and the meaning is …….Sentence The 2 nd VIE is … and the meaning is ….. Sentence Thank you
  • Good morning Mr Vasu, Mrs Ong, Mr Lau, teachers and fellow school mates. My name is _________________ and I am from 3E1. Today, I am going to share 2 VIEs related to Health & Wellness. Please write them in your student handbook. The first VIE is ….. and the meaning is …….Sentence The 2 nd VIE is … and the meaning is ….. Sentence Thank you
  • Good morning Mr Vasu, Mrs Ong, Mr Lau, teachers and fellow school mates. My name is _________________ and I am from 3E1. Today, I am going to share 2 VIEs related to Health & Wellness. Please write them in your student handbook. The first VIE is ….. and the meaning is …….Sentence The 2 nd VIE is … and the meaning is ….. Sentence Thank you
  • Good morning Mr Vasu, Mrs Ong, Mr Lau, teachers and fellow school mates. My name is _________________ and I am from 3E1. Today, I am going to share 2 VIEs related to Health & Wellness. Please write them in your student handbook. The first VIE is ….. and the meaning is …….Sentence The 2 nd VIE is … and the meaning is ….. Sentence Thank you
  • VIE on Social Issues

    1. 1. V0cabulary, Idioms & Expressions (VIE)
    2. 2. Crack downEnforce the law by taking severe measuresto restrict criminal actionsFollowing the increase in road accidents, thepolice cracked down on speeding.Hit and runWhen the driver of a vehicle hits anothervehicle without stopping to provide helpand fails to report the accident to the police.A hit-and-run accident deserves seriouspunishment.
    3. 3. Lay down the lawSomeone who tells people very forcefullywhat to doThe volunteers are disorganised; they needsomeone to lay down the law.Blow the whistleWhen you report an illegal activity andthose responsible to the authoritiesHe refused to blow the whistle on hiscorrupt boss for fear of losing his job.
    4. 4. Above boardAn open, honest and legal situation orbusiness.There are no secret negotiations. Ourdealings have always been above board.Smoking GunAn undeniable piece of evidence pointing tosomeones guilt.The fingerprint the thief left on the door-handle was the smoking gun that enabledthe police to arrest him.
    5. 5. Take the bread out ofsomebodys mouthTo take away a person’s means of earning alivingThe ban on street vendors took the breadout of the mouths of many people.Bad EggSomebody who cannot be trustedDon’t rely on Joan to do anything. She is abad egg.
    6. 6. Sticking pointA controversial issue that stops discussions.Ownership of Falkland Islands is still asticking point for Britain and Argentinaafter 30 yearsHot potatoesVery sensitive matters which are difficult todeal withThe new Prime Minister has not tried toaddress the hot potatoes yet.
    7. 7. 19 March 2012Bone of contentionA matter about which there is a lot ofdisagreement."The salaries have been agreed on, but workinghours remains a bone of contention."Nest EggMoney that is set aside for future needs."Our parents see the money from the sale oftheir house as a nest egg for their old age."
    8. 8. 20 March 2012The wheels fall offA situation where everything starts to go wrong"The wheels fell off Whitney Houston’s careerwhen she started taking drugs."Vicious circleA solution to a problem that creates a worseproblem"I borrowed money from the loansharkto pay the bank, and now I need toborrow to pay the loanshark. Its avicious circle."
    9. 9. 21 March 2012The left hand doesnt know what the right is doingCommunication within a group is so bad thatpeople dont know what the others are doing.“We are confused by the different answers givenby managers of the company. Clearly,the left hand doesn’t know what theright is doing”Live on the breadlinePeople who have barely enough money to survive. "After the economic crisis, there are morepeople living on the breadline now."
    10. 10. 22 March 2012Sponge offLive at the expense of another without doingsomething in return. "Amy has been sponging off her grandparents for the past two months, not even bothering to help out in the house."Fiddling while Rome burnsDoing unimportant things while there are seriousproblems to be addressed"People wondered what the Police Chief wasdoing on a holiday during the outbreak of crime,as if fiddling while Rome burned"
    11. 11. 23 March 2012Live from hand to mouthNot having enough money to save, with allmoney spent on food and essentials."Most families in that poor area live from handto mouth."When in Rome, do as the Romans.One should adopt the customs of the people orcountry you are visiting.“At the Chinese restaurant, Jamestried using chopsticks becausewhen in Rome, do as the Romans”

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