Elbow room

Do you know the English expression “elbow room“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Harrison: Hey, can you give me some elbow room? I can’t work in such a small space.

Dave: Sorry. I’ll move to the desk over there.

Does it mean:

a) space to put one’s elbows

b) put your elbows on the desk

c) space to move around in freely

d) a new room

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Answer: c) space to move around in freely

A recipe for disaster!

Do you know the English expression “a recipe for disaster“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Olga: I heard that Mr Smith is going to be head of the sales department from April.

Gregor: Really? That sounds like a recipe for disaster! He doesn’t know anything about sales!

Does it mean:

a) likely to go well

b) likely to go badly

c) bad cooking

d) bad sales

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Answer: b) likely to go badly

Have the guts (to do something)

Do you know the English expression “to have the guts (to do something)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Abigail: Why don’t you come parachuting with me at the weekend?

Dennis: Parachuting? No way! I don’t have the guts to jump out of a plane!

Does it mean:

a) have the courage to do something

b) have the intention of doing something

c) have the will to do something

d) want to do something

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Answer: a) have the courage to do something

Things are looking up!

Do you know the English expression “things are looking up“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Lily: How are things at work?

Karen: Good. Now that we have a new boss, things are looking up.

Does it mean:

a) people work harder

b) people respect each other

c) the situation is improving

d) people are looking up

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Answer: c) the situation is improving

Toe the line

Do you know the English expression “to toe the line“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Jose: Do students in other classes have to write a report about the school for the head teacher too? Or is it just our class?

Gloria: They have to write a report too. Everyone must toe the line.

Does it mean:

a) write a report

b) touch a line

c) stand on a line

d) obey rules

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Answer: d) obey rules

My lips are sealed!

Do you know the English expression “my lips are sealed“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Sandra: You won’t tell anyone that Dave and I are dating, will you?

Mandy: Don’t worry. My lips are sealed!

Does it mean:

a) close your mouth

b) glue your lips together

c) promise to keep a secret

d) tell people a secret

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Answer: c) promise to keep a secret

Carry on

Do you know the English expression “to carry on“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Terry: You look tired. Are you OK?

Carl: I am tired. We carried on working until 2:00am this morning.

Does it mean:

a) stop

b) start

c) continue

d) work

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Answer: c) continue