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TELLING PEOPLE TO HURRY, hurry up, or we will be late. TELLING PEOPLE TO HURRY! We’re going to be late. come on= used for telling someone to hurry
The whole war is run out of COMMAND CENTRAL. command central A command center (often called a war room) is any place that is used to provide centralized command for some purpose. While frequently considered to be a military facility, these can be used in many other cases by governments or businesses.
It would be more (producing good results without costing a lot of money) to hire two hard workers than three lazy people. Is it more (producing good results without costing a lot of money) to buy or rent property? cost effective /ˌkɔːst ɪˈfektɪv/ = giving the best possible profit or benefits in comparison with the money that is spent
She went on and on about it. I didn't tell her that I REALLY DON'T CARE. Quite honestly, I REALLY DON'T CARE what they do. couldn't care less= (informal) used to say, often rudely, that you do not think that somebody/something is important or worth worrying about
Some nations boast they have SPECIAL FORCES who are better than any others. crack troops = special forces (Military) elite, highly trained military forces, specially selected to work on difficult missions shock troops = soldiers who are specially trained to make sudden attacks on the enemy
After University, he encountered more AGGRESSIVE AND UNFAIR COMPETITION in the job market. He was even unemployed for a few months. the AGGRESSIVE AND UNFAIR COMPETITION world of politics The advertising world can be a very AGGRESSIVE AND UNFAIR business. cutthroat competition = /ˈkʌt θroʊt/ (of an activity) in which people compete with each other in aggressive and unfair ways You have to face cutthroat competition after graduation. Weak management and cut-throat competition put the company out of business.
The CEO sent his First Vice President to assess the situation and do REDUCE / COUNTERACT DAMAGE/ LOSS after the fiasco. The IT department was on serious REDUCE / COUNTERACT DAMAGE/ LOSS after it became apparent that our servers had been hacked. damage control = The efforts made to reduce, negate, or counteract damage, loss, or any other unfavorable outcome. The senator has been doing damage control ever since he let slip racist remarks during a television interview. The government was forced into an exercise in damage limitation/a damage limitation exercise. (damage control)
He worked hard EVERY DAY FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME to solve the problem, but had little success. It’s so boring, eating the same food EVERY DAY FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated EVERY DAY FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME day in and day out = every day for a long period of time Living on junk food day in day out is not good for you. Della worked hard day in and day out to save money for James Christmas present.
He is expected to win by a large majority in the HAPPENING VERY SOON elections. We have just received the information about the HAPPENING VERY SOON conference. forthcoming =/ˌfɔːrθˈkʌmɪŋ/ She has announced that she will retire from the sport after the forthcoming Olympics. ​[only before noun] going to happen, be published, etc. very soon
It would be HARD TO FIND A BETTER employee. It would be HARD TO FIND A MORE honest friend. difficult to find a more/ BETTER.....
Did you understand what he said? = _______? Do you get it? (also past, Did you get it?)
That family is known for its VIOLENCE THAT TAKES PLACE AT HOME. The oldest brother beats up the little kids all the time. a helpline for victims of VIOLENCE THAT TAKES PLACE AT HOME. Women are still the main victims of ABUSES THAT TAKES PLACE AT HOME. domestic violence = violence that takes place in the home between family members, especially adults One in six women are believed to be victims of domestic violence, yet many are suffering in silence.
As for the money, DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT. A: "I'm so sorry for breaking that vase!" B: "Oh, don't worry, it was just a cheap old thing. __________________!" I ______ her comments ______—she's just trying to hurt your feelings because she's jealous, that's all. don't give it a second thought = To not concern oneself with or worry about something any further. The idea was preposterous and I determined not to give it a second thought. You should not give it another thought. No one was bothered at all.
You should be grateful for anything given to you. DON'T BE UNGRATEFUL WHEN YOU RECEIVE A GIFT. A: "But I don't want this ancient car!" B: "DON'T BE UNGRATEFUL WHEN YOU RECEIVE A GIFT, OK? You're so lucky to get a car for free!" DON'T BE UNGRATEFUL WHEN YOU RECEIVE A GIFT.— it may be the opportunity you've been waiting for. don't look a gift horse in the mouth He didn’t want to accept the offer of a free meal but I told him not to look a gift horse in the mouth
The Great Depression ruined the fortunes of many people. They were quickly W/T MONEY, HOME, JOBS a novel about being W/T MONEY, HOME, JOBS in London Nobody loves you when you're WITHOUT MONEY, LUCK OR OPPORTUNITIES down and out = /ˌdaʊn ən ˈaʊt/ without money, a home or a job, and living on the streets
You think he will hire all your friends? THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! Oh, THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN—you'll never become a famous singer. A: "I really think I'm going to get the promotion." B: "THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! I have a much better chance of getting it than you." dream on = (informal) you say dream on to tell somebody that an idea is not practical or likely to happen
She spent oodles of money on her prom dress. She was WEARING NICE / NOTICIBLE CLOTHING. Her father, when he found out the cost, was fit to be tied. Mary always WEARS NICE / NOTICIBLE CLOTHING, so she turns heads wherever she goes. The chairman of the board will be there tonight, so be sure you are WEARING NICE / NOTICIBLE CLOTHING ! dressed to kill = (informal) wearing the kind of clothes that will make people notice and admire you
Just because you learned to water-ski in two hours, you think I can too? That's EASY / SIMPLE FOR YOU TO EXPRESS! A: "If people are unhappy with those working conditions, they should just get a new job!" B: "EASY / SIMPLE FOR YOU TO EXPRESS!. You haven't had to look for a job in over 15 years." easy for you to say = used for telling someone that although something may be easy or simple for them, it is not easy or simple for you You really need to start getting more exercise. I know that's easy for me to say, seeing as I live alone with no kids, but you've got to find the time or your health is really going to suffer.
The piano tumbled down the steps CARTWHEEL, pulling one of the movers with it. "In the off road race, there was an awesome crash where the car flipped end over end end over end = it means to cartwheel. To flip end over end is sometimes used to describe car crashes. For example,." This would mean the car became seriously airborne, which is why it was able to flip over like this.
Further discussion will only produce _________. Much of the Venezuela-Iran relationship remains obscure, making it the subject of W/T END GUESSING BASED ON INCOMPLETE INFORMATION and myth. The news reports were written based on W/T END GUESSING BASED ON INCOMPLETE INFORMATION and contained few proven facts endless speculation = ideas or guessing based on faulty or incomplete information Although he wasn’t one hundred percent sure who committed the crime, speculation led the police chief to hone in on a suspect
I had difficulty getting any details. He wasn't very WILLING TO GIVE INFORMATION. No explanation for his absence was SUPPLIED/ GIVEN/ PRODUCED. The government is silent on the issue. After last week's press release few details have been SUPPLIED/ GIVEN/ PRODUCED friendly and helpful, willing to give information or to talk: He has not been forthcoming about the details of his contract. [ after verb ] produced, supplied, or given:
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