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Vocabulary, idiom, phrasal verb, saying, slang in English.

Vocabulary, idiom, phrasal verb, saying, slang in English.

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  • 1. 07-11-2011. Improving English on monday.
  • 2. paint the town red
    • Meaning:  If you paint the town red, you visit bars, nightclubs and other nightspots to have a good time.
    • For example:
    • It's Ian's birthday so he's going out with some friends tonight to paint the town red.
    • Going out and painting the town red is great fun, but you can't do it every night. 
  • 3. paint the town red
    • Quick Quiz:
    • We're heading out to paint the town red tonight, so don't forget to
    • A.-bring plenty of cash
    • B.-bring your paint brushes
    • C.-bring your laptop
  • 4. hang | hang out
    • Meaning:  to spend time with
    • For example:
    • I'm goin' down the park to hang with my friends. Hey, you girls. Why don't you hang out with me and the guys for a while?
  • 5. hang | hang out
    • Quick Quiz:
    • In their free time, most teenagers like to hang with
    • their parents
    • their friends
    • their computers
  • 6. come around
    •   to visit somebody, usually at their home
    • For example:
    • come around  Why don’t you come around after work and have a swim in my pool? 
    • come around  Every Tuesday night some friends come around and we play  Word Up .
    • Note:  "Come round" means the same thing in British English.
  • 7. come around
    • Quick Quiz:
    • Some friends are coming around
    • A.-to the beach with us
    • B.-to see my new kitchen
    • C.-to our new website
  • 8. When the going gets tough, the tough get going
    • Possible interpretation:  When a situation is difficult or dangerous, strong people work harder to resolve the problem. This saying relies on a difficult play on words; it could be rephrased word-for-word as: "When the situation becomes hard, strong people start working."
    • Note:  the going (noun): the situation; the ground; the environment | tough (adj.): difficult, hard | the tough (noun): tough people; hard, strong people | to get going (verb): start; go Origin:  This saying is attributed both to Joseph P. Kennedy (1888-1969), father of the USA President John F. Kennedy, and to Norwegian-born American football player and coach Knute Rockne (1888-1931). Variety:  This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
  • 9. When the going gets tough, the tough get going
    • Quick Quiz:
    • In the saying "When the going gets tough, the tough get going", which word is used as a verb only?
    • tough
    • get
    • going
  • 10. gravy boat
    • gravy boat  [countable]
    • a long jug that you pour gravy from
  • 11. gull  [countable]
    • a large common black and white sea bird that lives near the sea [= seagull]
  • 12. mal‧let  [countable]
    • 1 a wooden hammer with a large end
    • 2 a wooden hammer with a long handle that you use for playing croquet or polo
  • 13. screw‧driv‧er  [countable]
    • 1 a tool with a narrow blade at one end that you use for turning screws
    • 2 an alcoholic drink made from vodka and orange juice
  • 14. http:// Longman Dictionary for advanced learners. Pictures from the web sites written at the bottom of them.