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Help with Idioms

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Source: Help with Idioms by Anton Rush, Jane Applebee The book contains 150 idiom entries, divided into sections - historical, new, foreign and humorous, proverbs, metaphors and similes, and slang. MY OTHER ANKI DECKS For more information, please see the Essential Idioms in English page. Nickolay Nonard <kelciour@gmail.com>

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Idiom booze
Pronunciation & Part of Speech noun (uncountable)
Meaning alcoholic drink
Dialogue A: We have to go through customs when we land. Do you have much to declare?B: No, nothing.A: What about all that booze you bought?B: I’ve put it in your suitcase!
Origin This word can also be used as a verb. To booze means to drink too much. Another related word is boozer. This can mean a pub or a heavy drinker.
Section Slang
Idiom high-flyer
Pronunciation & Part of Speech noun
Meaning an exceptionally talented professional person who receives rapid promotion
Dialogue A: Jamie is a high-flyer who works in an advertising company. Last week he announced that he was going to give it all up and become a farmer.B: I suppose he realised there are more important things than money. When is he leaving the company?A: He’s not. His boss was so worried about losing him that he gave him a £30 000 pay rise and Jamie has decided to stay.
Origin This expression always refers to people who have exceptional ability in a particular field and therefore rise very quickly through an organisation.See: YUPPIE which describes a professional person who is a potential high-flyer.
Section New Idioms
Idiom sell-by date
Pronunciation & Part of Speech noun
Meaning the point at which something is no longer at its best and is beginning a natural decline
Dialogue A: Most footballers are past their sell-by date at thirty-five but Bobby is still a brilliant player. In his last match he scored four times — there was only one problem.B: What was that?A: They were own goals!
Origin This term was first used during the early 1970s to indicate when a food product should be sold. The sell-by date is printed on edible products in shops so that the consumer can check their freshness. Food which is past its sell-by date cannot legally be sold.Today the expression is also used in a wider, and slightly humorous, way to describe anything which is past its best, or anyone — as in the example above.
Section New Idioms

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