Monday, 26 December 2011

Objective Proficiency p 87. Vocabulary

Phrase spot
  • A turn-up for the books: something surprising or unexpected that happens. E.g. He actually offered to help? That's a turn-up for the books! 
  • A turn of phrase: a particular way of describing something. Expresión, forma de hablar.
  • Beetroot: /ˈbiːtruːt/ a plant with a round dark red root that is cooked and eaten as a vegetable. Remolacha. To turn as red as a beetroot. 

  • Put/turn the clock back: to return to a situation that existed in the past; to remember a past age. E.g. I wish we could turn the clock back two years and give the marriage another chance.
  • Not know where/which way to turn: to not know what to do in a difficult situation. E.g. The changes have left a lot of people not knowing which way to turn. 
  • Toss: to move or make somebody/something move from side to side or up and down. E.g. Branches were tossing in the wind. 
  • Toss and turn: to be unable to sleep, or to sleep badly, especially because something is worrying you. E.g. I was tossing and turning all night. I couldn't sleep but kept tossing and turning in bed all night. 
  • Turn a blind eye (to something): to pretend not to notice something bad that is happening, so you do not have to do anything about it. E.g. The authorities were either unaware of the problem or turned a blind eye to it.
  • Be put out: to be upset or offended. E.g. He looked really put out.
  • Not turn a hair: to show no emotion when something surprising, shocking, etc. happens. E.g. She listened to his confession without turning a hair. She didn't turn a hair when we told her the awful news.
  • Go: a person's turn to move or play in a game or an activity. E.g. Whose go is it? It's your go.‘How much is it to play?’ ‘It's 50p a go.’Can I have a go on your new bike?
  • Take it in turns(also take turns (in something/to do something)) if people take turns or take it in turns to do something, they do it one after the other to make sure it is done fairly. E.g. The male and female birds take turns in sitting on the eggs. We take it in turns to do the housework. The kids took turns on the swing.

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