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Over the top

admin / November 2, 2013

It’s often possible to have too much of a good thing. Take, for instance, your favorite beverage. Whatever it is, if you pour too much in a glass, it will spill over the top and make a mess! “Over the top” is an expression used to describe something that is too extreme in some way. If music is too loud, you can…

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Stuck with it

admin / September 25, 2013

What are some things that are sticky? There’s glue. There’s honey, and syrup. There’s tar. Some of those things are more difficult to wash off than others. For example, you can usually get glue or honey off with a bit of warm water. But tar? You might really be stuck with it for a long time. To be stuck with something means that it’s…

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The world is your oyster

Oysters are some of the coolest animals. No, not because they get to live at the bottom of the ocean. Not because they get to live inside a shell. And not even because some people find them to be a delicacy. Oysters are so cool because they’re the only animals that actually create a precious jewel. Oysters form pearls when a foreign…

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Bleeding Heart

Do you know anyone who just cares so much about other people? These types of people are always volunteering their time for important causes, or giving money to charity, or just listening to strangers’ stories on the bus. They feel so much. It’s as if they can’t contain their hearts inside their bodies. Their hearts are bleeding compassion all over…

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Fat cat

admin / January 26, 2013

Fat cats are people who have either a lot of money or a lot of influence or power. Usually, they are both wealthy and influential. The expression fat cat is typically used to describe people who show off their high-end social status: people who drive luxury cars, smoke cigars in expensive cigars boxes  and wear ultra-chic and expensive clothes. Fat cat can be used to…

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Blowing up

admin / January 14, 2013

Explosions attract a lot of attention. Think about how many movies you’ve seen where somebody blows up a building, or a car. There’s fire, smoke, a loud noise. When something blows up, people are going to notice. You also use the expression blow up to describe the act of breathing air into a balloon to inflate it. When you blow something up in that way, you…

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Loose vs lose

admin / November 20, 2012

A lot of people are mixing up lose and loose. In particular, a lot of people are writing loose when they really mean lose. Here are the definitions of the two words. loose [lOOs] adj not fastened or pre-packed; not tied up or confined; able to move freely; not tight, not firmly fixed; not close-fitting; careless, inaccurate, vague; dissolute, immoral; not closely woven; flabby; (of bowels) inclined to diarrhea.…

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Polar Opposites

admin / October 13, 2012

No two points on Earth could be further apart than its two poles, the North Pole and the South Pole. These are the northernmost and southernmost points on the globe. They lie in perfectly opposite positions from each other. That is why when we say two things are polar opposites, we mean that they are nothing alike. They couldn’t be more…

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Make your head spin

admin / September 25, 2012

Our brains can’t always move as fast as the world does. Sometimes, when we get a lot of information or news, we need time to process  it. If a lot changes without time for you to get used to it, it can make your head spin. When something makes your head spin, so much is happening that you can’t understand it yet.…

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Over the moon

admin / September 20, 2012

You can usually tell when somebody is happy. They might be smiling, laughing, or even jumping for joy. Now imagine how happy they would have to be in order to jump all the way over the moon! When you say you are over the moon, it means you are very happy, excited, or overjoyed. Of course, being over the moon doesn’t mean that you…

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