Essential Idioms Lesson 5

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to look out: to be careful or cautious (also: to watch out)

  • Look out! Jeffrey cried as his friend almost stepped in front of a car.
  • Look out for reckless drivers whenever you cross the street.
  • Small children should always watch out for strangers offering candy.

to shake hands: to exchange greetings by clasping hands

  • When people  meet for the first time, they usually shake hands.
  • The student warmly shook hands with his old professor.

to get  back:  to return (S)

  • Mr. Harris got back from his business trip to Chicago this morning.
  • Could you get the children back home by five o’clock?

to catch a cold: to become sick with a cold of the nose or throat (S)

  • If you go out in this rain, you will surely  catch a cold.
  • Every winter I catch a terrible cold.

to get over: to recover from an illness; to accept a loss or sorrow

  • It took  me over  a month to get over my cold, but I’m finally well now.
  • It seems that Mr. Mason will never get  over  the death of his wife.

to make up one’s mind: to reach a decision, to decide finally

  • Sally is considering several colleges to attend, but she hasn’t made up her mind yet.
  • When are you going to make up  your mind about your vacation plans?

to change one’s mind:  to alter one’s decision or opinion

  • We have changed our minds and are going to Canada instead of California this  summer.
  • Matthew has changed his mind several times about buying a new car.

for the time being: temporarily (also: for now)

  • For the  time being, Janet is working as a waitress, but she really hopes to become an actress soon.
  • We’re living in an apartment for now, but soon we’ll be looking for a house to buy.

for good: permanently, forever

  • Ruth has returned to Canada for good. She  won’t ever live in the United States again.
  • Are you finished with school for good, or will you continue your studies some day?

to call off: to cancel

  • The referee called off the soccer game because of the darkness.
  • The president called the meeting off  because she had to leave town.

to put off: to postpone

  • Many students  put off doing  their assignments until the last minute.
  • Let’s put the party off until next weekend, okay?

in a hurry: hurried, rushed (also: in a rush)

  • Alex seems in a hurry: he must be late for his train again.
  • She’s always in a rush in the morning to get  the kids to school

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