Idiom of the Week: “Benefit of the Doubt”

Meaning: To give someone the benefit of the doubt is to choose to not be disappointed or upset when they may have made a mistake because you have some trust in them.

Examples:

My daughter is usually so good with studying that I gave her the benefit of the doubt when I saw her watching TV all night, and I knew she had a math test the next day.

Last night the food wasn’t good at my favorite restaurant, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt and go back again because the chef probably had just one bad night.

He didn’t have any professional experience but he said he was an excellent barber, so I gave him the benefit of the doubt and let him cut my hair because my friend knew him.

Pop Quiz:

Which student should get the benefit of the doubt?

Student A and Student B have the same problem – both are often late to class. Student A has arrived several times in gym clothes and carrying a gym bag. Student B has talked with the teacher about her lateness, explaining that she has to drop off her son right before class, but she seems to be trying to avoid be being late. The teacher needs to select one student to be cancelled first.

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Idiom of the Week: “A Blessing in Disguise”

Meaning: A blessing in disguise is something that seems to be bad but actually there is a positive result.

Examples:

I wasn’t accepted to my first choice school, but it was a blessing in disguise because another school accepted me and that’s where I met my wife.

Having a baby in high school was a blessing in disguise since it turned his life in a positive direction by making him realize he had to grow up himself.

Sometimes we don’t see a blessing in disguise right away – it could be years before we see the blessing.

Pop Quiz:

Which of these sounds like a blessing in disguise?

a. I had no money, then won the lottery.

b. When I tripped and fell on the street, I hurt myself but found $100.

c. I failed my test, but my mom still bought me ice cream.

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Cutting Corners Revisted

We learned a new idiom “Cutting Corners” a few days ago. Do you know where the idiom comes from?

: : : Where did the phrase “Cutting Corners” come from?

: : It’s a metaphor from driving – not necessarily motor driving, because it also applies to horse-drawn carriages. When you come to a sharp turn in the road, instead of going all the way to the corner and then turning, you can go diagonally across, and “cut the corner off”. This saves time, but entails a risk of clipping the curb and overturning, or being involved in a pile-up with another vehicle. Thus “to cut corners” means to discard normal safe practice in order to get fast results.

from The Phrase Finder

Let’s watch the video clip to review the meaning and the origin, and look at more example sentences.

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Idiom of the Week: “Cutting Corners”

Meaning:

Cutting corners is to take the fastest way to finish something in order to do less work, however the result is also lesser.

Examples:

Copying other students’ homework is just cutting corners – you may fool the teacher but you won’t learn.

The big assignment was due Thursday morning and Wednesday he hadn’t started, so he cut corners to finish.

Cutting corners will only get you so far – eventually you will be passed over by those who work harder.

Pop Quiz:

True or False? When you cut corners, you…

1. Work as hard as you can

2. Leave out details

3. Finish quickly

4. Do the best job possible

5. Will always succeed

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Idiom of the Week: “Rain or Shine”

Meaning: Whether it rains or other bad conditions make it difficult, someone definitely does something or something definitely happens.

Examples:

She goes jogging every morning, rain or shine.

Rain or shine, we will depart this Thursday morning.

This is a rain or shine event.

Pop Quiz:

Ben: It’s stormy outside. Do you think they canceled the party?

Jerry: I heard it’s a rain or shine party.

Ben: ___________________________________________________

A: Oh, it is canceled because it is raining now.

B: They will still have the party.

C: They will give us a rain check.

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