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  1. 1. Good Phrases<br />
  2. 2. An amazing idea came rushing into his head.<br />MrHoppy's mine was spining like fly wheel.<br />Quivering with exitement.<br />In the dead of the night. The silience was deathly.My heart pounded with exitment.<br />A beautiful crisp day.A buzz of whispers.My hair stood on end.I was shivering with fear.They took of the warp speed.<br /> I was fresh out of stale ideas. My paws flew over the keys. He squeacked with a smirck. A present that will leave you bursting with ideas.<br />
  3. 3. 1) As hot as an oven at Greasy Rat Cafe.2) My closet was bursting with gifts.3) Roar with laughter.4) Race off before I could answer.5) Hotter than a burrito at spicy mouse smoke house.<br />1) I yelled in panic.2) My mood was beginning to lift.<br />1) Noise that made her legs break into a run.2) The girl's face creased into a grim<br />1) The woman complained in a whinining voice2) As she breezed in3) Dashed through reception<br />
  4. 4. 1) My head was spinning faster than the cyclone at the Mousey Land Amusement park.2) I'm as boring as a slice of plain American Cheese at a gourmentcheese shop.3) He began screaming at the top of his lungs.4) My heart began beating wildly.5) My whiskers were blushing.<br />Good Weather1.It was a blistering hot afternoon.<br />2.The sky was full of cotton-wool clouds.<br />3.The morning air filled my lungs and I felt fresh and exhilarated.<br />4.Night fell. The setting sun cast an orange glow over the evening sky.<br />5.As the sun set, the horizon turned to shimmering gold.<br />Bad Weather1.A loud peal of thunder woke him from restless sleep<br />.2.The rain pitter-pattered on the roof.<br />3.Rain pelted down from the sky<br />4.The sun disappeared behind heavy clouds<br />.5.The howling and the roaring of the terrible wind frightened us.<br />
  5. 5. Descriptive words –Eyes1.They goggled ( looking with wide-open eyes , surprised) in amazement . <br />2.He stood gaping ( looking with an open mouth in great surprise at someone or something) at her.<br />3.She glared ( look angrily) at him<br />4.She spent her evening poring ( to look or the study carefully) over textbooks.5<br />.She peered ( looked with difficulty) to see who was in the room.<br />Descriptive words – face / Feet1.The boy scowled ( made an angry expression) at her.<br />2.He grimaced with pain when he tried to stand.<br />3.He trod ( walked) heavily and reluctantly to the classroom.<br />4.He paced ( walked quickly with long steps)the room up and down nervously.<br />5.He stomped ( walked with heavy steps intentionally)to his room and closed the doors behind him.<br />6.He sauntered ( walked in a relaxed way) in the park enjoying the breeze<br />.7.He scurried for shelter when the storm began.<br />8.The people scampered ( ran in small steps playfully or in fear) off out of the burning building.<br />9.She hobbled ( walked in an awkward way because of injury) with a walking stick.<br />10.She saw him coming and crouched ( bent and lowered) behind the bush<br />
  6. 6. Zero hour<br />The time when something important is to begin is zero hour.<br />Zero tolerance<br />If the police have a zero tolerance policy, they will not overlook any crime, <br />no matter how small or trivial.<br />Zigged before you zagged<br />If you did things in the wrong order, you zigged before you zagged.<br />Zip it<br />This is used to tell someone to be quiet.<br />Zip your lip<br />If someone tells you to zip your lip, they want to to shut up or keep quiet <br />about something. ('Zip it' is also used.)<br />
  7. 7. .<br />Yank my chain<br />If some one says this to another person (i.e. stop yanking my chain) it means<br /> for the other person to leave the person who said it alone and to stop bothering them.<br />Yellow press<br />The yellow press is a term for the popular and sensationalist newspapers.<br />Yellow streak<br />If someone has a yellow streak, they are cowardly about something.<br />Yellow-bellied<br />A yellow-bellied person is a coward.<br />Yen<br />If you have a yen to do something, you have a desire to do it.<br />Yeoman's service<br />(UK) To do yeoman's service is to serve in an exemplary manner.<br />Yes-man<br />Someone who always agrees with people in authority is a yes-man.<br />Yesterday's man or Yesterday's woman<br />Someone, especially a politician or celebrity, whose career is over or on the<br /> decline is yesterday's man or woman.<br />You are what you eat<br />This is used to emphasise the importance of a good diet as a key to good health.<br />
  8. 8. You what?<br />This is a very colloquial way of expressing <br />surprise or disbelief at something you have heard. It can also be used<br /> to ask someone to say something again.<br />You're toast<br />If someone tells you that you are toast, you are in a lot of trouble.<br />You've got rocks in your head<br />(USA) Someone who has acted with a lack of intelligence has rocks in their head.<br />You've made your bed- you'll have to lie in it<br />This means that someone will have to live with the consequences<br /> of their own actions.<br />Young blood<br />Young people with new ideas and fresh approaches are young blood.<br />Young Turk<br />A Young Turk is a young person who is<br /> rebellious and difficult to control in a company, team or organisation.<br />Your belly button is bigger than your stomach<br />If your belly button is bigger than your stomach, you take <br />on more responsibilities than you can handle.<br />Your call<br />If something is your call, it is up to you to make a decision on the matter.<br />Your name is mud<br />If someone's name is mud, then they have a bad reputation.<br />Your sins will find you out<br />This idiom means that things you do wrong will become known.<br />
  9. 9. 1) She laughed heartily.2) He burst into fits of laughter.3) He was all smiles when he saw his PSLE results.4) They were saturated with happiness.5) The winner jumped for joy.6) His bother laughed till his sides hurt<br />1) Flames swept over them.2) After awhile, a loud explosion rocked the building.3) The scene was chaotic.4) Smoke and sparks were whirling in all direction.5) Many corpses were charred beyond recognition.6) Horrible scream filled the air.<br />
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  19. 19. 1) She felt surrounded by angels of joy.2) Felt jubilant.3) glow of happiness.4) giddy with joy.5) flushed with happiness.6) twinkled with happiness and she grinned from ear to ear.7) bursting with joy.8) all smiles.9) shrill with excitement.10) pulses raced.11) tingled with excitement.<br />
  20. 20. 1) My mom turned red with fury.2) She clenched her fist and shook with fury.3) My brother stormed into the bathroom in anger.4) In a blind of fury, he smashed the chair against the wall.<br />1. It was still dark, but in the wet moonlight outside the window she could still see shimmer of raindrops on smooth banana leaves.2. Dawan liked this part of the day the best of all, when the waves of afternight twined so gently around the slow swirls before-dawn.3. Somewhere in the distance, the crowing of a rooster drilled through the fluid stillness.<br />
  21. 21. 1Without warning, the MRT train jerked to a halt and everything turned pitch dark. Panic invaded the carriage I was in. Some of the commuters screamed at the top of their voice and burst into tears. Fear ripped into my lungs, robbing me off all oxygen. I could hear my own pulses and my heart palpitating with the chilling fear that was setting in. The carriage was soon a buzz with nervous chatters and some lights from mobile phones illuminated the carriage.•2 The train came into a sudden halt. The light in the carriage started flickering and the whole train was engulfed in darkness.• 3The train was plunged into total darkness! The train was in total chaos and fear snaked around my heart as I adjust to the darkness.<br />
  22. 22. •.1Fire spread itself throughout the whole building like locusts destroying everything in its path. Everywhere, people were taking off in all directions with fear visibly etched on their faces. The fire changed from orange to blue as the temperature rose like the thick black fumes that were stretching skywards•2 Pandemonium broke out, people dashed off in fear, hoping to escape from the clutches of the raging fire. The howling wind fed the raging flames and the fire sang a grim tune triumphantly as it burnt. The repugnant burning scent filled the air as the ravenous orange flames swallowed up the bui9lding.•3 The orange clutches of fire wrapped its fiery fingers around the whole building, turning the whole building into a gloomy black. The roaring flame escalated ferociously when aided by the strong winds. The entire building was transformed into an incinerator with its strong flames, cremating everything into ashes.• 4Everything and anything that can be burnt was fried in the fiery cauldron of yellow flames. Smoke and sparks were whirling in all direction. The sharp shrill of alarm reverberated through the whole building.<br />
  23. 23. • 1The young driver sped recklessly on the highway. The bus zipped past cars and lorries and was traveling at a speed on 120km/h with 20 passengers on board! Suddenly, the bus veered abruptly to the right and plunged into a ravine, crashing into a tree.<br />•2 The driver’s foot riled the accelerator and pushed the taxi to its limits precariously. All of a sudden, the car in front of them braked. The driver slammed his foot down, attempting to salvage the situation with an emergency brake.•3 The tyres blazed the rough cement road as it screeched with a deafening sound. The car went free-wheeling and turned turtle before coming to as stop.• 4A deafening blast rose into the air. The car had crashed into a tree. The windscreen shattered into smithereens. Thick layers of burnt dust puffed out of the rattling engine. Traffic came into an immediate total standstill. <br />• 1Armed with rifles, the four masked robbers rushed into the bank and held up the staff members and the customers at gunpoint.• 2“Don’t move!” the robber bellowed. Silence hung in the air as time stood still. All the customers and staff members raised their trembling hands and crouched in fear.<br />
  24. 24. • In mere seconds, punches were thrown. Fists were sent flying. A fight had erupted! I watched in horror as the two men wrestled each other to the ground. One of them had already owned a bloody lip.• Their heated argument turned into violence. The two men exchanged blows. Bystanders cowered in fear and leapt out of their seats to escape from any fury that might come from either of the two men.• Like a relentless murderer, he went head-on with John. John swung his fists and hit his cheeks. The sudden punch cracked across his cheeks, bursting the fine blood vessels in his mouth. Instantly, he could smell blood which was pooling beneath his tongue.<br />
  25. 25. quailing culprit <br />quaint peculiarities <br />qualifying service <br />quavering voice <br />queer tolerance <br />quenchless despair <br />querulous disposition <br />questionable data <br />questioning gaze <br />quibbling speech <br />quick sensibility <br />quiescent melancholy <br />quiet cynicism <br />quivering excitement <br />quixotic impulse <br />quizzical expression <br />quondam foe <br />racial prejudice <br />racy humor <br />radiant happiness <br />radical distinction <br />raging billows <br />rambling looseness <br />rampant wickedness <br />rancorous animosities <br />random preconceptions <br />rank luxuriance <br />ranting optimism <br />rapacious speculation <br />rapid transitions <br />rapturous adoration <br />rare endowment <br />rarefied humor <br />rashly overrated <br />rational discourse <br />ravenous eagerness <br />ravishing spectacle <br />raw composition <br />reactionary movement <br />ready sympathy <br />realistic portrayal <br />reanimating ideas <br />reasonably probable <br />rebellious thought <br />reciprocal influence <br />reckless lavishness <br />recognized authority <br />recondite description <br />reconstructive era <br />recovered composure <br />recumbent figure <br />recurring doubt <br />reddening dawn <br />redoubled activity <br />refining influence <br />reflective habits <br />refractory temper <br />rudimentary effort <br />rueful conclusion <br />ruffled feelings <br />rugged austerity <br />ruling motive <br />rumbling hoarseness <br />ruminating mood <br />rural imagery <br />rustic simplicity <br />rustling forest <br />
  26. 26. refreshing novelty <br />regal countenance <br />regretful melancholy <br />regular recurrence <br />relatively mild <br />relaxed discipline <br />relentless justice <br />religious scruples <br />reluctant tolerance <br />remarkable sagacity <br />remedial measure <br />remorseless logic <br />remote epoch <br />renowned achievement <br />repeated falsification <br />repelling vices <br />repentant sense <br />reprehensible action <br />repressed ardor <br />reproachful misgiving <br />repulsive spectacle <br />reputed disposition <br />requisite expertness <br />resentful flame <br />resilient spirit <br />resistless might <br />resolute daring <br />resonant gaiety <br />resounding blare <br />resourceful wickedness <br />respectful condescension <br />resplendent brightness <br />responsive throb <br />restless inquisitiveness <br />restorative influence <br />restricted meaning <br />resultant limitation <br />retaliating blows <br />retarding influence <br />retreating footsteps <br />revengeful scowl <br />reverent enthusiasm <br />revolting cynicism <br />revolutionary tradition <br />rhapsodical eulogy <br />rhetorical amplification <br />rhythmical movements <br />richly emblazoned <br />righteous indignation <br />rightful distinction <br />rigid propriety <br />rigorous reservation <br />riotous clamor <br />ripe reflection <br />rising misgivings <br />riveted attention <br />robust sense <br />rollicking mirth <br />romantic solitudes <br />rooted habits <br />roseate tints <br />rough brutality <br />roundabout approach <br />rousing chorus <br />royal exultations <br />rubicund tinge <br />rude awakening <br />
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  29. 29. You can't take it with youEnjoy life, enjoy what you have and don't worry about not having a lot, especially money...because once you're dead, 'you can't take it with you.' For some, it means to use up all you have before you die because it's no use to you afterwards.<br />You can't teach an old dog new tricksIt is difficult to make someone change the way they do something when they have been doing it the same way for a long time<br />You can't unring a bellThis means that once something has been done, you have to live with the consequences as it can't be undone.<br />You could have knocked me down with a featherThis idiom is used to mean that the person was very shocked or surprised.<br />You do not get a dog and bark yourself<br />(UK) If there is someone in a lower position who can or should do a task, then you shouldn't do it.<br />You get what you pay for<br />Something that is very low in price is not usually of very good quality.<br />You reap what you sow<br />This means that if you do bad things to people, bad things will happen to you, or good things if you do good things.  It is normally used when someone has done something bad.<br />You said it!<br />Used to say you agree completely with something just said.<br />You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours<br />This idiom means that if you do something for me, I'll return the favour.<br />More on:<br />http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/y.html<br />http://learn-on9.blogspot.com/search/label/English<br />http://www.enhancemyvocabulary.com/useful-phrases16.html<br />

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