On the dot

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

Iain: What time does the meeting start?

Chris: Ten o’clock on the dot! Don’t be late!

Does it mean:

a) a few minutes later

b) a few seconds earlier

c) exactly on time

d) maybe

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: c) exactly on time

Mess around

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

Kelly: I hate working with Julie. She is always messing around.

Natalie: I know. She never does anything seriously.

Does it mean:

a) annoy people

b) make a mess and not do something seriously

c) make a mess

d) waste time and not do something seriously

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: d) waste time and not do something seriously

Through thick and thin

Do you know the English expression “through thick and thin“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Mike: I’m sorry to hear your dog died.

Trisha: Thanks. I am so upset. I had him for many years. We were together through thick and thin.

Does it mean:

a) in good times and bad times

b) when one is poor and one is rich

c) many years

d) when one is large and one is small

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: a) in good times and bad times

Down the drain

Do you know the English expression “down the drain“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Jeff: My computer broke just as I was finishing the report. I hadn’t backed up my work so it all went down the drain.

Evelyn: I’m sorry to hear that, but you should back up your work regularly.

Does it mean:

a) fall down a drain

b) be difficult to find

c) be wasted or lost

d) not back up work

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: c) be wasted or lost

Look up to (someone)

Do you know the English expression “to look up to (someone)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Jess: Who do you look up to?

Harvey: I look up to my father. He always does his best for me and my sisters.

Does it mean:

a) like

b) dislike

c) respect

d) look like

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Answer: c) respect

Look down on (someone)

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

Terry: What do you think about the new boss?

Lily: I don’t like him. He looks down on us. He doesn’t respect us at all.

Does it mean:

a) stand in a high place

b) think you are better than other people

c) shout at someone

d) be annoyed by someone

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: b) think you are better than other people

Knock it off!

Do you know the English expression “knock it off“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Kimiko: Vincent was tapping his pencil on the desk all through class today.

Marie: He was doing that yesterday as well. I told him to knock it off.

Does it mean:

a) knock on a desk

b) continue

c) stop doing something annoying

d) use an object to hit something

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: c) stop doing something annoying