Give it a whirl!

Do you know the English expression “to give (something) a whirl“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Oliver: Hey, have you started ballet dancing?

Grace: Yes, it looked fun so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

Does it mean:

a) twirl around something

b) try something

c) do something for a short time

d) do something with a lot of effort

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Answer: b) try something

I wouldn’t be caught dead (doing something)

Do you know the English expression “to not be caught dead (doing something)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Jane: Did you see the dress Helen was wearing today? It was pink, yellow and red.

Michelle: I saw it. I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing that!

Does it mean:

a) would never (do something)

b) would not (do something) before I die

c) catch someone and tell them not to (do something)

d) talk about someone who died

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Answer: a) would never (do something)

 

Cut to the chase!

Do you know the English expression “to cut to the chase“? Read the conversation below. What does Katy mean when she says “can you cut to the chase”?

Katy: Thank you for your detailed report of your meeting with the client John. We appreciate it. But can you cut to the chase and tell us if the client wants to work with us or not?

John: Sure. She wants to work with us.

Does it mean:

a) chase someone

b) talk in more detail

c) tell us the important point

d) stop talking

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Answer: c) tell us the important point

 

[Short Story] Some days you just get lucky

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William is sitting in a classroom. His desk is next to the window. On the desk is an exam paper. It is upside down. The back of the paper has nothing on it. In about 15 minutes, the woman in charge of the exam will say, “Please turn over the exam book. You can begin the exam now.”

William is very tired. He studied all night. This exam is very important. If he can pass the exam he will be able to get a better job.  

I hope I can pass this exam, he thinks. The boss said he would promote me to assistant manager, but only if I pass this course. But I am so sleepy.

The sun is coming in through the window. It is very hot. William’s eyes close. His head goes forward onto the desk. William is asleep.

He wakes up suddenly. A bell is ringing. He shakes his head and sits up. What!

The woman in charge of the exam is speaking.

“Time is up. Please put down your pens and pencils. Do not touch the exam papers. We will collect them now.”

Seconds later, one of the woman’s assistants picks up the exam paper from in front of William.

“Stop! Stop!” William is shouting. The assistant looks at him but doesn’t say anything. She moves away and picks up the next exam paper.

Oh, no! I slept all the time. I studied so hard but I didn’t take the exam. My boss will see my score is zero. I will never get a better job. I might lose the job I have now!

William puts his head in his hands. The other students on the course are standing up. They are packing their bags and walking out. William doesn’t move. Finally, he looks up. He is the only student left. The woman and her assistants are putting the exam papers into boxes.

Then, an alarm rings and an announcement comes over the loudspeaker system. “Emergency! Emergency! There is a fire!  Leave now. Everybody, leave the building now!”

The woman and her assistants run to the door. William follows them. They hurry down the stairs and out onto the street. The fire is very small. It is on the other side of the building. The fire department arrives soon, and puts the fire out. The danger is over. Everything is fine.

William doesn’t have his bag. He left it in the classroom. He has to wait until he is allowed to go back inside. He is standing next to the woman in charge of the exam. “What happens now?” he asks. “Are you waiting to go back and get the exam papers?”

“Yes,” she says. “But there is no hurry.”

“Why not?” asks William.

“Well, we left the exam papers in the room. That is against the rules. I’m very sorry but all the students will have to take another exam. Maybe next week.”

She smiles at him. “I saw you sleeping. Maybe next time you will stay awake!”

Lose sleep over (something)

Do you know the English expression “to lose sleep over (something)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Tanya: I get my blood test results next week.

Eve: Are you worried?

Tanya: A little, but I’m not losing sleep over it.

Does it mean:

a) to not sleep

b) to worry about something so much you can’t sleep

c) to stay awake

d) to worry about something so much you feel sleepy

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Answer: b) to worry about something so much you can’t sleep

Are you losing sleep over anything?

Give (someone) a ring

Do you know the phrase “to give (someone) a ring“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Mel: What time are we going to meet on Friday?

Bill: I’ll check my schedule and give you a ring later.

Does it mean:

a) give someone a ring for their finger

b) text someone

c) email someone

d) call someone by phone

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Answer: d) call someone by phone

I’m dreading it!

Do you know the phrase “I’m dreading (something)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Gwen: Are you prepared for your job interview tomorrow?

Claire: Yes, but I’m dreading it! I hate job interviews.

Does it mean:

a) to be worried and scared about something

b) to hate doing something

c) to be looking forward to something

d) to be upset about something

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Answer: a) to be worried and scared about something