07 15-2011 daily advanced cae and proficiency idioms, phrasal
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  • Daily advanced cae and proficiency idioms, phrasal verbs, slang and sayings with pictures. BASIC VOCABULARY. 07-15-2011. BLOG WITH RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ENGLISH. http://www.madremiraqueluna.blogspot.com
  • Caterpillar.
    • Caterpillar [countable] trademark
    • also Caterpillar track a metal belt made of short connected pieces that is fastened over the wheels of a heavy vehicle to help it to move over soft ground: a Caterpillar tractor (=a vehicle fitted with this belt)
  • Timer.
    • tim‧er [countable]
    • 1 an instrument that you use to measure time, when you are doing something such as cooking: Set the timer on the cooker for three minutes.
    • 2
    •   part-timer/full-timer
    • someone who works part or all of a normal working week
  • Asparagus.
    • as‧par‧a‧gus [uncountable]
    • a long thin green vegetable with a point at one end
  • Cheetah.
    • chee‧tah [countable]
    • a member of the cat family that has long legs and black spots on its fur, and can run extremely fast
  • A volte-face.01
    • Meaning: If you make a volte-face, you change your opinion or your decision about something to the exact opposite of what it was.
    • For example:
    • When Nancy became a born-again Christian, she made a volte-face in her views on abortion and now she thinks it's wrong.
    • For some reason the government has done a volte-face on the dam proposal. They'd rejected it until last week, and then they suddenly said they'd build it after all. 
    • Note: This idiom means the same as "about-face", but "volte-face" is more formal.  Origin: This phrase derives from the Italian "voltafaccia", as in "volta" (turn) and "faccia" (face). It was adopted by the French, who changed it to "volte-face", and then it was adopted into formal English.
  • A volte-face.02
    • Quick Quiz:
    • After all the controversy about the violence in the movie, the cinema showing it did a volte-face and decided
    • A.-to show it anyway
    • B.-not to show it
    • C.-to cut screenings to one a day
    • Picture source http:// www.idioms4you . com /
  • Poof, poofter. 01.
    • Meaning: an offensive, derogatory word meaning a gay man
    • For example:
    • Everybody thought Gavin was a poof because he liked classical music and going to the ballet. 
    • Boys in my high school used to go "poofter bashing". They'd find a guy in the park they thought was gay, and they'd beat him up.
  • Poof, poofter. 02
    • Quick Quiz:
    • The words "poof" and "poofter" are offensive words used by hateful bigots in order to insult
    • A.-Christians
    • B.-Jewish people
    • C.-gay men and boys
    • Image source:
    • community.livejournal.com
  • Keep from.01
    • Meaning: If something or someone keeps you from doing something, it means you can't do it.
    • For example:
    • keep sb from sth Are you busy? I don’t want to keep you from your work.
    • keep sb from doing sth Most parents find it very difficult to keep their kids from eating unhealthy snacks.
  • Keep from.02
    • Some parents Keep their children from studying because they are on holidays.
    • Quick Quiz:
    • My wife and I try to keep our children from
    • A.-doing their homework
    • B.-playing computer games too much
    • C.-learning English
    • nurdianakamalul.blogspot.com
  • If it ain't broke, don't fix it. 01.
    • Possible interpretation: If something is not faulty or damaged, don't try to repair it.
    • Note: ain't (verb): [contraction of] am not, are not, is not | broke (adj.): broken; damaged; faulty | fix (verb): repair; mend | The British English equivalent of this saying is: "Let well alone." Origin: American businessman Bert Lance (born 1931) writing in Nation's Business (1977). Variety: This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
  • If it ain't broke, don't fix it. 02.
    • SOURCE:
    • Quick Quiz:
    • The saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" implies that if your watch is running on time you should
    • A.-take it in for maintenance
    • B.-sell it
    • C.-do nothing
    • Picture source: xtri.com
  • Sources.
    • http:// madremiraqueluna.blogspot.com
    • www.englishclub.com
    • Longman Dictionary of contemporary English for advanced learners.
    • Pictures from the web sites written at the bottom of them.