30 SUPER COMMON English Phrases. 표현심화 29
• to eat one’s words
-to take back what one said.
She ate her words when she realized she was talking badly about the boss right to his face.
• to make a splash
-to attract a lot of attention
Fred made a splash in the meeting today when his phone started ringing.
• to be on the safe side
-to create a sense of security and minimize any possible risk.
We recorded a video of the incident just to be on the safe side.
• as far as one can tell
-to conclude something based on the available information.
As far as I can tell, the shop was closed today.
• to go down the drain
-to be completely wasted
All of his efforts on the new product went down the drain when the office caught fire.
• to go down in history
-to be remembered forever; recorded in history books.
His speech will go down in history as one of the greatest!
• to go down a storm
-to be well received by an audience.
The opening band went down a storm! It was their first concert!
• to take a rain check
-to politely decline an offer with the exception of taking it up at a later time
I can’t go to the museum today, but I am happy to take a rain check!
How about next week?
• to take the biscuit
-to be the most foolish or remarkable part of something
Tara has done some pretty terrible things, but stealing Joe’s cat takes the biscuit.
• to take advantage of
-to make unfair use of someone/something for one’s personal benefit.
He took advantage of the boss by showing up late to work each day.
• to call something off
-to cancel something.
We had to call the festival off when we found out that it was going to rain.
• to cool off
-to make colder.
• to come to a head
-to reach a critical point
The situation came to a head when she showed up to a family party drunk.
• to make a bee-line for
-to go directly toward something/someone
Tommy made a bee-line for his mum when he saw her after school.
• to draw a blank
-to fail to recall from memory
I am sorry, I am drawing a blank. I can’t remember her address.
• to put it/something mildly
-to express that something is usually worse than it is being said
To put it mildly, I don’t really like Mary.
• to have the upper hand
-to have a superior or more powerful position
Patrick has the upper hand in receiving the promotion as he has been with the company for over 10 years.
• to have one’s work cut out (for one)
-to be faced with a difficult or lengthy task.
We have to paint the entire house this weekend! We’ve got our work cut out for us.
• be cut out for something | be cut out to be something
- (informal) to have the qualities and abilities needed for something
: ~에 적합하다[꼭 알맞다]
He's not cut out for teaching.
그는 교직에 안 맞다.
He's not cut out to be a teacher.
그는 교직에 안 맞다.
• to hit the ground running
-to get started quickly or with the great success
Miguel hit the ground running when he was promoted to manager. He made lots of amazing changes.
• to keep your nose clean
-to stay out of trouble or gossip.
Keep your nose clean, when you go out tonight. I don’t want a phone call from the police in the middle of the night.
• to look alive
-to move more quickly or engage in a more active way.
It is the final half of the game.
Look alive out there!
• to go out on a limb
-to put oneself in a vulnerable situation
He went out on a limb when he proposed to his girlfriend at the Beyonce concert. I am relieved she said yes!
• to go to the dogs
-to become ruined or become worse.
This TV show has really gone to the dogs. What were the writers thinking?
• to run the gauntlet /ˈɡɔːntlət/
-to experience harsh criticisms or harsh treatment by others.
Celebrities have to run the gauntlet of journalists every single day,.
• to lie low
-to avoid attention; hide
We are lying low for now until our neighbors forget about the big party we had.
• to bury the hatchet /ˈhætʃɪt/
-to end a conflict
Tom and Greg buried the hatchet by drinking a few beers together and discussing their problems.
• to go to town (on something)
-to do something with a great amount of enthusiasm.
The production team really went to town on the set design! It looks like we are actually in Rome.
• to come in handy
-to become useful
The book about phrasal verbs came in handy when I started my English course.
• to buy time
-to temporarily delay something from happening.
He hadn’t finished his project, so he tried to buy time by saying he had been feeling under the weather.
• to be there for someone
-to be available to provide support or comfort to someone.
You are my best friend! I am always going to be there for you no matter what happens!
• to put a damper/dampener on something
-to make something less strong or exciting.
Sandy’s bad attitude really put a dampener on her surprise birthday party.
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