Pick out

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

Olga: What did you do last Saturday?

Dana: I went clothes shopping.

Olga: Did you find anything nice?

Dana: Yes, I picked out a beautiful dress for my brother’s wedding.

Does it mean:

a) try on

b) see

c) notice

d) choose

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Answer: d) choose

Own up to (something)

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

Sue: Who broke the TV?

Kevin: I don’t know for sure. No one has owned up to it yet, but I think it was Peter. I saw him looking worried before.

Does it mean:

a) admit you are responsible for something

b) blame someone else for something

c) tell everyone about something

d) keep something a secret

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Answer: a) admit you are responsible for something

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

Take (something) with a grain of salt

Do you know the English expression “to take (something) with a grain of salt“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Drew: James told me that you are going to get a promotion next year.

Greg: He told me that too, but I take what he says with a grain of salt. He rarely tells the truth.

Does it mean:

a) trust someone’s words

b) don’t take someone’s words too seriously

c) eat some salt

d) tell someone they are wrong

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Answer: b) don’t take someone’s words too seriously

 

Grow apart

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

Joanne: I heard that you and John broke up. What happened?

Ruby: Nothing happened. Over the years we just grew apart. So we thought it was best for both of us if we broke up.

Joanne: A lot of couples grow apart after they have been together for a while.

Does it mean:

a) develop different personalities

b) grow wrongly

c) become distant

d) argue a lot

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Answer: c) become distant

 

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

Hand (something) out

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

Helen: Where did you get that booklet?

Louise: Mr. Walker handed them out in class yesterday. Didn’t you get one?

Helen: I didn’t go to class yesterday. I’ll go and ask him for one.

Does it mean:

a) submit

b) make

c) distribute

d) read

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Answer: c) distribute