Hold your horses!

Do you know the English expression “hold your horses“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Jane: I’m going to quit my job next week and move to Singapore.

Helen: Hold your horses! Don’t you think you should consider that a bit more carefully?

Does it mean:

a) Keep hold of your horses

b) Don’t take your horses somewhere

c) Don’t do something

d) Wait a moment

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Answer: d) Wait a moment

Get on well with (someone)

Do you know the English expression “to get on well with (someone)”? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Nancy: Have you met your boyfriend’s parents yet?

Gloria: Yes, I’ve met them a few times. I get on well with them. They are very nice.

Does it mean:

a) to have a good relationship with someone

b) to talk to someone a lot

c) to meet someone a lot

d) to go on trips with someone

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Answer: a) to have a good relationship with someone

 

Put up with (somebody/something)

Do you know the English expression “to put up with (somebody/something)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Karen: I heard you are looking for a new job. Why?

Julie: Because I can’t put up with my boss any longer. I’ve put up with her for ten years. No more!

Does it mean:

a) to meet

b) to argue with

c) to tolerate

d) to work with

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Answer: c) to tolerate

Come across (something)

Do you know the English expression “to come across (something)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Andy: I like that painting. Where did you find it?

David: I came across it in an antique shop.

Andy: That was lucky!

Does it mean:

a) buy something

b) find something by chance

c) save something

d) cross something

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Answer: b) find something by chance

Within earshot

Do you know the English expression to be “within earshot“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Cal: I heard Michael got a bad score on the test last week.

Jean: Shh! He’s just over there within earshot! He’ll be upset if you talk about him!

Does it mean:

a) to be sensitive to criticism

b) to be close enough to hear

c) to be annoyed if someone talks about one

d) to want to listen

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Answer: b) to be close enough to hear

 

It’s better to be safe…

Can you complete this English expression? “It’s better to be safe than….

It means that it’s better to take precautions, or be careful in advance, so something bad doesn’t happen later.

It’s better to be safe…

a) than stupid

b) than dangerous

c) than in a bad situation

d) than sorry

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Answer: d) than sorry

It’s better to be safe than sorry

Figure out

Do you know the meaning of the English phrase “to figure out (something)” or “to figure (something) out“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Clara: Are you OK? You look stressed.

Stephanie: I can’t figure out this maths problem. I’ve been looking at it for half an hour and I just don’t get it.

Clara: Yeah, I had problems figuring it out too. Here, let me help you.

Does it mean:

a) add figures

b) solve

c) do maths

d) study

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Answer: b) solve