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  • 1. As Black as the Ace of Spades “WI? i71iV‘iH<’i>i4‘? Vrii"v4“3Fi‘%TH1’éV-Ti">4|H<: ]l'i'? IT ~'piTwrm? e‘2 EDIT! pi 4 anti inter r1ar¥r': >9-in "Jes5ILa 5 mm/ -: stole wa5 <75 black as the ace of $p(‘ld€'S. " Blue Blood Anyone who claims to have royal heritage, aristocratic status or luxury privileges can be called a blue blood. "Ivan the Terrible was a true blue blood, but he was also known for his reign of terror. " A Gray Area This idiom applies to a situation or concept that is unclear, open to interpretation or an be exploited to find loopholes. "Zoning laws aflficling mmnlerdal buildings and residential aparflnenu have brought up a legal gray area. ’ Gray Matter The gray matter describes a group of important cells that are found in the cerebral cortex. ‘Agatha Christie's dramcter Hercule Poirot praises the fortitude of his gray matter when he mentions his ‘little gray cells. ”
  • 2. Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side This common proverb describes a place or situation that appears better but is often no better than current conditions. ‘Jessie thoughtit would be great to go to a private school, but the grass is always greeneron the other side. " Pink Slip Although notices of termination are not printed on pink paper, this common metaphor is used when a worker is fired. "After arriving late for the fifth time in one week, Sam was finally given the pink slip. " Wave a White Flag This is an official military sign to surrender or to negotiate a truce, but it is also used in conversation. ‘After bickering for an hour, Margaret waved the white flag. ’ Red Herring A red herring IS a deceiving clue or distraction that IS intended to be misleading. ”Sherlock Holmes is never deceived by red herrings. He can always determine the true culprit. " Green Thumb Those who are lucky enough to have a green thumb seem to grow lush plants without trying. ‘Mr. Wilson always has fresh strawberries and ripe tomatoes before summer begins. He certainly has a green thumb. ’ IV 02012 Grammannet Folow Us on Twitter H All _e_n. ._
  • 3. i ‘Idioms about ‘Love / gr e ,2 "L E The love of my life ‘Love is blind The person one wants to Spend love can give a person the ability to overlook the rest OF their liie with and Onothzrls ‘Gulls- cannot imagine bein 'th t4 . , g W 0U Frankies eyes were crossed and she had 'G€0FQ<2 Ono’ Gracie Burns were bowed legs. but Bubba never saw it: love is completely devoted to each b(- d- other. Gracie was the love or In ' Georges life. and he eternally missed her. " 3411's fair in love and war 5UDpOsedl U. in war d heart. the on matters OI the ends iustiig the mean; lhere Ore Lew rules "Bob 59'“ Belly flowers she is dating B/ ([_ Ag in love and war ' even though I is for ‘Love makes the world go round Lite is so much better when we are all nice to each other. "I wish the nations would stop lighting-' lt'5.loVe that makes the world go round. , hnt il SCJQS’ , -4 ~ eciseli) W ’ lhis. meciih l-‘l qr. ;>Li lhlleal ‘ i war. ’ "(stop llglilil , i,4(: ,Lg [<: >v<Z NC‘
  • 4. cLove will find a Way Omitoble spirit Ot This FQWV5 to mg’ md m "love . _ - — i the idio love and is similcli O U. . Conquers O » 5 b ' oving lo Florlda but Belly " O is m ‘ t to be isn't. It H739 were mlzlofn d a togelherj love wi in way. -§ ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder Our last example may sound sweet. but it has a streak oi irony to it. It states that when two are parted From each other. their teelings toward each other may grow. This might also hint that negative aspects may Fade tram the lovers' minds. a line oi thought that has Fathered other idioms that are increasingly less endearing. such as Tamiliarity breeds contempt" and "it you promise to go away. I promise to miss you. " ! © 2013 Grammar net Follow Us on Twitter y All rights reserved @9rammamet _ jo-
  • 5. Idioms about knowledge Knowledgeispovm The more someone knows, the more equipped that person is. Know the ropes, learn the ropes Someone who "knows the ropes'is well-acquainted with some topic Can't make heads or tails of it Failing to understand or confused about something. lining the mithight oil, pull an all-lighter Used by students to indicate late night/ all night studies. Know something backwards and forwards To be an expert or intimately familiar with something. Doing you hoineworli While it can be literal, this idiom can also mean studying and researching any topic. Under one's belt Used to refer to an experience, accomplishment, or body of wisdom one has acquired Two heads are better than one The idea that more than one mind working on a problem will solve it faster.
  • 6. Pick his butt‘ To obtain ideas or information from someone. Great minds think alike In the theory that very intelligent people tend to have the same ideas at the same time. ©2013 Gmvulltznnt Follow Us on Twitter All rights reserved @grammamet
  • 7. Goufa came, face Q? {)All28/Il»'l ca/142. fem. : ?D<J othet ttic. l:y misusecl e><. pte$si®D$ T’ 72> "Nip It; in the 13nd" It describes putting a stop to a situation before it becomes a problem. Think of cutting off a bud before i topens into a flower: “Dan began to feel tired but nipped it in the bud with a cup of coffee. ’ "Couldn't Cfizrtse Less" "C°, ou! d Clsee Less" ‘Couldn't care less’ shows someone is not interested in something, while ‘could care less’ cancels out the idea behind the expression by stating that the speaker does have concern about the topic. "As long as they get cheese, mice couldn't care less about the type. " "; »‘lnyWziy” smd "1;”ow: n°d” v‘ For some reason, people often try to put an -s on both of these words, but that is incorrect. 9 9 "it is raining, but I'm going fishing, anyway. " "I_1eg: n°dLess” Folks often try to stick -it on the front, but "irregardless' is not a word. "The piua was cold, but late it. regardless. "
  • 8. "For fill 1Dsl; e13i; $ : )Dd ‘Purposes'” ‘intents and‘ sounds similar to ‘intensive, ’ leading to folks misusing this . . expression as ‘all intensI'vepurposes, " which is meaningless. "There is half a cup of flour left; for all intents and purposes, ‘ we are out. " E E : c "$l2ou1d”~: e.“ "C°, oUld‘ve" : ?1Dcl "WoL1lcJ"ee" When spoken, these are probably misheard. ‘Should of, ‘ ‘could of’ and ‘would of’ are improper. .5 (°)°>e_t"' To examine or study something carefully is to ‘pore over‘ it; ‘poring over‘ items in a store is accepted, while ‘pouring over‘ items in a store requires a liquid and is frowned upon. ”Frank pored over his books the night before the big exam. ” "W:9ii; in<g Witlz ‘l3:2tecl ‘lhee: -2i; l2." The word “bated” comes from ‘abated, ’ whidw is an old way to say something has stopped (‘the rain has abated "). "She was promised a holiday bonus but is not waiting with bated breath. " "'4 ‘ "" Gnmrnannct : . i V — — H = , « , Qgnmmamet
  • 9. TWII WDRIJ VERBS WITH . .. ~ - / I’. 1 p - ' - ‘Missal verbs are .3 conmiinariari 9! two D. ‘ more words that haw»? faker: on new meaning Becaiis-2 they are rarely Ll"ll9l§(Hf7(’u‘l"L‘(’ iirrluss p-xpi‘. =ini>; i, pi‘7rds:4l'~ are irirbr rm thaw ir-a/ .'rIr1g['viglisfr i, Z~‘. ".4 ! -.—- ~-. _. " ‘ ‘i — — l ‘ l v j, i . j J ' I i . s H- i . . V j. The dog IS trained to H g -. . ll my slippers. ’ "Iii " IS I Piiiinsui. VEIB Phrasal verbs are strange; their meanings almost never have to do with the individual words. and they generally require memorization. The set consists of a verb and at least one preposition PREPOSITION PREPOSITION (at least one) This can be literal "What should I BEING T 0 the party? " It can also be a phrasal verb that indicates someone has been helped to regain consciousness. "The smell of coffee will always URINE Hf T0 in the morning. " M ntmsirinii Something is being carried or conveyed. "INNS OUT the burgers. We are starving. " As a phrasal, something is being . . STIESSEII/ |lI8|lll8|I'I’EIl . "My favorite band, the Orange Waffle . will ICING OUT a new album this fall. ‘ "BRING UIIT" To cause something to occur. “Nu introduce something or cause something to appear, “Its my birthday. URINE UN the cake! " Used literauy. this shows upward motion toward the speaker. "The next time you go downsmirs. lllflf UP the laundry basket. " As a phrasal. II IIIICIYIS IIE IEIIIIS If CIILIIEI ll IIIIIIIS. mentioning a subiect or an abrupt stop. The hot is often seen with the word '8|| I "Flashirvli hrs in the rear—vi'ew mirror will III‘ a driver UP short. "
  • 10. : i Like ‘bring up. ‘ this shows motion toward " ' ‘ . a speaker, but dawnward, when used literally. "The next time you go upstairs, .-I‘. '?l. ‘.’£-‘ I70 I '. ’.’. ' mysweater. " Used as a phrasal, it means to collapse. lower a person‘s mood, injure or kill, capture or reduce. "I am happy today and will not let any bad news b‘! ?Ih’G me DOZi’. ’!. ' (‘BRING nnwN"? ——~ / ' < i; To accomplish or cause something to happen. B N G -——J_ nlglelrng and exercise will n I. » 4.‘ “SJ; 7 weight loss. I , v ©2014 Grammannet All rights reserved Follow Us on Twitter agbgrammarnet