: idioms Revision
: Present Simple - by the way - anyway Vocabulary by the way
- to introduce a new topic to a conversation, i.e.
can't get a word in edgeways
- …so we're very pleased with the new car. By the way, would you like to go to the cinema on Saturday?
- someone's talking so much no one else can speak, i.e.
in a nutshell
- He goes on and on talking about his job and all his problems. You can't get a word in edgeways.
- to say something in very few words, i.e. - How was the play? - In a nutshell: brilliant! One of the best productions I've ever seen. - How's your new job going?- In a nutshell: pretty badly. I keep making mistakes. The problem is: the boss is a bully and he makes me a bit nervous.it's going to be a long afternoon
- (or ‘day') the time will seem ‘long' because it be uncomfortable or unpleasant in some way for the speaker, i.e.
a very long day.not to mention
- Now I've got to go to three very boring lectures. It's going to be a long afternoon.
- I've got to collect new staff at the airport and I've got six meetings. It's going to be
- in addition to, and adding emphasis to a second or third factor, i.e. - How was your hike? - Terrible. It rained non-stop and we lost our map. Not to mention, Charlie nearly drowned
when we crossed a river. (to) rise above
- to remain calm when someone is insulting or criticizing you, i.e. He was extremely rude to me but I rose above it; I didn't get angry. (to) run down
- various meanings, here, to speak of someone or something in a disparaging or critical way, to belittle, i.e. - He's awful at sport and his school grades are terrible. - Stop running David down, he is your brother!
- She's always running our country down but there are *loads of positive things to say about it. She should keep quiet.
*informal = lots of(a) snob
- a person who believes they are superior to others because they have more
money and, or status.