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Idiom of the week – Take it in stride/Take something in stride

Posted by englishlessons on February 4, 2013

Definition:

accept or manage difficulties well

Examples:

When her manager suddenly changed her job responsibilities, she took it in stride.

He can adjust quickly. Whenever there’s a software update, he takes it in stride.

Picture it:

Picture yourself striding or walking along and not hesitating or stopping when there’s an obstacle in your path.

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Idiom of the week – Go through the roof

Posted by englishlessons on December 26, 2012

Definition:

increase to a very high level

Examples:

Construction costs have gone through the roof, so it will cost more than we expected to finish this building project.

It has been very hard to find qualified workers in this field. Consequently, salaries have been going through the roof.

Note: This idiom can also be used to refer to rising anger. For example: When he found out his son had wrecked the car, he went through the roof.

Picture it:

Picture something rising as high as the roof line of a building.

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Idiom of the week – A sea change

Posted by englishlessons on December 10, 2012

Definition:

a major change or transformation

Examples:

The huge increase in the number of people working part-time without benefits represents a sea change in employment in this industry.

The popularity of smart phones and tablets has meant a sea change for companies in the PC business.

Picture it:

Think of changes in the ocean like the currents or the tides that have widespread effects.

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Idiom of the week – A recipe for disaster

Posted by englishlessons on December 3, 2012

Definition:

be extremely likely to have unfortunate consequences

Examples:

Raising interest rates when the economy is just recovering sounds like a recipe for disaster.

Taking the twin toddlers shopping when they missed their naps is a recipe for disaster.

Picture it:

A recipe is a list of ingredients and steps that, if followed, will produce a dish of food to enjoy; in this case the recipe is a combination of circumstances and actions that, if completed, are predicted to produce negative consequences.

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