VI. Make the following story more idiomatic using the idioms studied


I was really obliged to laugh, and Gilbert laughed too. His laughter was frank and boyish. It looked as though he were amused at everything Jane said. But Mrs.Tower was almost at the end of her tether, and I was afraid that unless relief came she would for once forget that she was a woman of the world. I came to the rescue as best I could.

I suppose youre very busy buying your trousseau, I said.

No. I wanted to get my things from the dress-maker in Liverpool Ive been to ever since I was first married. But Gilbert wont let me. Hes very masterfool, and of course he has wonderfool taste.

She looked at him with a little affectionate smile, demurely, as though she were a girl of seventeen.

Mrs.Tower went quite pale under her make-up.

Were going to Italy for our honeymoon. Gilbert has never had a chance of studying Renaissance architecture, and of course its important for an architect to see things for himself. And we shall stop in Paris on the way and get my clothes there.

(W.S. Maugham)

VII. Complete the following sentences using the idioms studied


1. It was raining heavily yesterday and as Id left my umbrella at home I decided-----on Anne.

2. Why you-----? You must have won in a lottery or something like that.

3. Dont ever try-----. Im not a person to put up with it.

4. Doesnt it seem to you that she is constantly-----?

5. Ive been ironing since the very morning. Now-----.

6. I dont want to see him any more! His sharp words yesterday at the party were-----.

7. It doesnt-----. I cant understand what you are driving at.

8. It would be better for us both not to remember our last quarrel-----.

9. It seems to me he was drunk yesterday. He-----quite unexpectedly and without any reason.

10. Boys, what-----? Youve been whispering in the corner for half an hour already.



to show off to try to impress people by making a display of ones learning, abilities etc.


Yates hid a grin. The big man was showing off. (S. Heym)

2. It evidently was childs play for them, and welcome opportunity to show off. (J. Wescott)


to make a clean breast of to confess


1. At last moved curiously enough by exactly the same motive forces that has resulted in his dishonesty he went to Professor Bindon, and made a clean breast of the whole affairand he stood before the desk as he made his confession. (H. Wells)

2. The chief constable said:Youd better make a clean breast of it, Mrs.Lee, and leave us to judge. (A. Christie)

3. If the worst came to the worst I should make a clean breast of it to Dorothy: Im not sure if the best plan wouldnt be to make a clean breast of it anyhow. (W.S. Maugham)

4. Ive been trying to decide to make a clean breast of things or not. Id already practically decided to tell you everything(A. Christie)

5. Why dont you go down and explain our position make a clean breast of it to Dr.Tanner? Say that, if he gives us time, well pay him everything. (A. Cronin)


to be in for to be involved, as to be in for trouble (i.e. likely to get into trouble); to be in for it (i.e. something unpleasant)


1. she told him to walk quickly so they wouldnt be recognized by any of her neighbours. He knew then what he was in for,yet hoping with the same inward breath that his premonition would turn out well. (A. Sillitoe)

2. A disposition to be on the side of the hunted against the hunter sometimes brings unpleasant consequences. Oh, well, thought Victoria, Im in for it now, anyway! (A. Christie)

3. But, dont you worry, Rythym, you and I are going to get along like blazes. Yes, indeed! Stay as you are now, thats all. I see that Im in for it. Ill do anything you like. (J. Collier)


to take ones word for it to believe what a person says


1. I shall love you for ever I didnt get that in black and white, but Ill take your word for it. (D. Cusack)

2. I have to take her word for that, mind you. (J. Wain)

3. Jerry, its crazy what has the kid got to do with Herbie, take my word for it and get him out of town on the morning plane. (H. Wouk)


to come to think of it to begin to think of something (when one stops and recalls something)

1. Heard you mention it once or twice, now I come to think of it. (B. Shaw)

Now I come to think of it, you probably staged that show last night on purpose, just to get out of cleaning up today. (D. Cusack)

3. When you come to think of it, its a very good plan for a murder, and meets the permanent problem of the disposal of the body. (G. Chesterton)


to be (get) in a mess (fix) to be (get) into trouble


1. Roger was always a queer chap about money. She got in a mess and didnt dare tell him, poor kid. (A. Christie)

Not to mince matters, he said gloomily, Im in the devil of a mess. (A. Christie)

3. wondering how it was that no one could see the blood running down his face he turned and saw Doreen. Hey up, duck, he said with a smile. My God, she said, whats the matter with you, Arthur? You look in a mess. (A. Sillitoe)

4. Look, I must get home. Im in an awful fix. (I. Murdoch)


to fix up to settle; to make arrangements; to repair


1. I didnt say anything to Steve. I just sneaked. But I fixed it up all right. I wrote Steve a note and enclosed a package of rough-on-rats telling him what to do with it. (J. London)

Do you really want to meet the Aryan Brother, Miss Arrested? That can be easily fixed up. (E. Forster)

3. They went in an old rattie-trap of a car Chilla was fixing up for one of his friends. (D. Cusack)

4. Well have to fix something up. (K. Amis)


to be on friendly (easy, best of) terms to feel friendly towards somebody


1. This was a Magda with whom you could be on friendly terms, who made no demands on you. (D. Cusack)

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