During the following 5 weeks we'll be working with idiomatic expressions of American English.
WHAT IS AN IDIOM?|
An idiom is an "idiomatic expression". A phrase that originated from life stories or fiction and that today has a meaning that differs from the literal one.
|Idioms at Work|
Mike was depressed. He was at the "end of the rope". He had lost the contract for the company, and the "big wigs" were giving him the "cold shoulder". His boss "called him on the carpet", and his "name was mud" that day at the firm.
For years his job had been great, but now he was being "raked over the coals" for something beyond his control. In his mind, Mike felt he was being "sold down the river", but he wasn't going to let himself down.
He would "pull up stakes" and start over again. It wouldn't be easy. Being the "low man on the totem pole" at a new company was not Mike's idea of success. Anyway, the next day he would "call in sick" and start the search for a new job. A change would suit him perfectly!
But before Mike knew it, everybody forgot about the contract. In a few days even his boss was telling him he was a great employee. Mike just "laughed up his sleeve". He was no "sucker" and a "headhunter" had already called him about a new position. The "bottom line" was that once he got himself established again, everything would be allright.
|G L O S S A R Y|
Choose a suitable idiom for each sentence. Back to LIGHTHOUSE-SCHOOL...
Here we have reached the end of our first class.
Have you discovered the answers to the GUESSING GAME? The two idioms are: "call on the carpet" and "call in sick".
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