A slap on the wrist

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

Nicola: What happened to the two students who were caught cheating in the final exam?

Todd: They just got a slap on the wrist. The principal only gave them a warning. He is too soft. If I were the principal, I would have given them a score of zero.

Does it mean:

a) a severe punishment

b) a light punishment

c) no punishment

d) to hit someone on the wrist

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Answer: b) a light punishment

Big fish in a small pond

Do you know the English expression “to be a big fish in a small pond“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Will: Ben is annoying me. After winning the company’s best salesperson award and getting the promotion, he thinks he is the most important person in this company.

Mark: I know. But he doesn’t realise that he is a big fish in a small pond. Our company is tiny compared to other ones in the same industry. If he worked for a company in London he wouldn’t win anything!

Does it mean:

a) someone who is in a high position in a small place or organization

b) someone who is in a high position in a big place or organization

c) someone who is successful and makes other people jealous

d) someone who is in a low position but suddenly becomes successful

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Answer: a) someone who is in a high position in a small place or organization

Until the cows come home

Do you know the English expression “until the cows come home“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Stuart: Shall we have another meeting about the problem tomorrow?

Russell: We can keep having meetings until the cows come home, but nothing will change until we take action.

Stuart: OK, so let’s take action now!

Does it mean:

a) for a very long time

b) until tomorrow

c) every day

d) wait for the cows

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Answer: a) for a very long time

Cut down

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

Alan: I went to see the doctor today. He gave me some advice.

Mac: What did he say? Let me guess, he told you to cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke.

Alan: Yes. He also told me I was drinking too much and I should cut down.

Does it mean:

a) stop

b) halve

c) reduce

d) give up

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Answer: c) reduce

Turn up

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

Kelly: How was the party?

Lisa: It was great. Guess who turned up?

Kelly: I have no idea.

Lisa: Terry turned up! We were all surprised. We thought he was in New York, but he was here, in Washington!

Does it mean:

a) invite

b) be invited

c) turn around

d) appear

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Answer: d) appear

 

Go over (something)

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

Richard: What are you doing?

Hazel: I’m going over the sales figures. The boss has asked me to give a short summary of them in the meeting.

Does it mean:

a) write something

b) learn something

c) review something

d) finish something

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Answer: c) review something

Back (someone) up

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

Dean: Did Ned ask you about the money missing from the cash register?

Steve: Yes, he did. I told him I hadn’t touched the cash register all day.

Dean: Did he believe you?

Steve: Yeah, I think so. Tracey backed me up. She said she had been with me all day and I hadn’t touched the cash register.

Does it mean:

a) support someone

b) stand behind someone

c) blame someone

d) keep a secret for someone

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Answer: a) support someone