Learn Some Slang and Colloquial Expressions
Beat about the bush; prevaricate; not being direct.
e.g. Don't beat about the bush; tell me what's on your mind.
Pull a fast one: trick or deceive.
e.g. Don't try to pull a fast one on me: I wasn't born yesterday.
Get one's teeth into: make a vigorous start.
e.g. Look, he's very serious; he really gets his teeth into his project.
At a pinch: in emergency.
e.g. You may need this sum of money at a pinch.
Make a dead set at: very determined to.
e.g. He made a dead set at getting that house on the market.
Bone up on: study hard.
e.g. If you wish to pass your test, you'd better bone up on it.
At that: in addition.
e.g. The restaurant was expensive, and the service was bad at that.
In deep water: in a difficult situation.
e.g. I understand that you are in deep water, now that you've lost your job.
Boo-boo: an error.
e.g. This is just a boo-boo; don't take it too seriously.
Odd fish: an unusual type of person.
e.g. I must say your brother is an odd fish: the way he dresses himself, and the way he behaves.
Fed up: bored.
e.g. I'm fed up with what's going on.
In the family way: pregnant.
e.g. My daughter is in the family way; I'm going to be a grand parent.
e.g. We don't have all the time in the world; come on, get cracking.
Get out of bed of the wrong side: be irritable.
e.g. Your Mom seems to have got out of bed on the wrong side.
Gasping: urgently in need of something.
e.g. I'm gasping for a drink.
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