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Idiom of the Week: From the Bottom of My Heart

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Meaning: To be very honest; to be speaking truthfully.

Example:

I think you’re the best mom ever. I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

I’m speaking from the bottom of my heart when I say I’m glad to be here today.

You can tell he’s speaking from the bottom of his heart – it looks like he;s going to cry.

 

Pop Quiz:

What’s the opposite of from the bottom of my heart?

A.  Sincerely

B.  Insincerely

C.  Deeply

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Idiom of the week: Jump Down One’s Throat

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Meaning: To respond angrily, often unexpectedly, to what someone has said or done.

Examples: 

Whoa, you don’t have to jump down my throat.

He jumped down her throat because he thought she was not listening to him.

Why did you jump down his throat when he just tried to give you his suggestion?

 

Pop Quiz:

If you were about to jump down someone’s throat, what would you feel?

A.  Angry.

B.  Upset.

C.  Excited.

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Idiom of the Week: Pick Someone’s Brains

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Meaning: To ask someone a lot of questions in order to learn something new or get information.

Examples:

I’d like to pick your brains about buying a house because I know you used to be a real estate agent.

May I pick your brains for a few minutes? I have some questions about what it’s like being a new immigrant in New York.

I need some tips on improving my English – can I pick your brains for a few minutes?

 

Pop Quiz:

If you wanted to pick someone’s brains about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, whose brains would you pick?

A.  A dietician’s.

B.  A plumber’s.

C.  A fitness instructor’s.

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Idiom of the Week: Steal the Show

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Meaning: To do better than everybody else, usually in a performance.

Examples:

The actor who played the lawyer was really good. She stole the show!

My son stole the show at his piano recital. I’m so proud of him!

Whenever we have a performance she always steals the show! I’m so envious!

 

Pop Quiz:

Stealing the show is a…

A.  Good thing.

B.  Bad thing.

C.  Neutral thing.

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Level With Revisited

Here are some very, very short movie and TV clips using our latest Idiom of the Week. Just click on them to listen to/watch them…

It would be a lot better if you'd just level with us.

Okay, I'm gonna level with you. You are my only hope.

Son, I'm gonna level with you.

The least you can do is level with me.

Come on, sporto. Level with me.

Want me to level with you?

I'll level with you.

Fine, look, Gayle, I'm gonna level with you.

I'm gonna level with you, honey.

I'll level with you Roy.

 

 

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Idiom of the Week: Level With

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Meaning: To speak with someone honestly.

Examples:

I will level with you because I don’t want to lie.

Level with me. I want to know your honest opinion.

Why don’t you level with her?

 

Pop Quiz:

If someone wants to level with you, they want to…

A. Measure your height.

B. Be honest with you.

C. Have the same height as you.

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