USING IDIOMS IN CONVERSATIONS Presented by Amirtha Devarajan
To Pay the Earth for something A:Oh no! B:What's happened? A:l'm all right. B:l'm not worried about you. What did you drop? A:lt was an accident. I'm afraid it just slipped out of my hands. B:My china horse! Oh no! Have you any idea how much it cost? A:l'm terribly sorry. I'll buy you another one B:Don't be silly. You couldn't afford one of those.I paid the earth for that. It cost the earth.
As right as Rain A Andrew! How are you? B:Hello John! I'm fine thanks. How are you? A:Great. But I heard you were sick. B:Oh, it was nothing much. I was off work for a couple of days with a bad chest, but I soon got better. I'm as right as rain now, thanks. A:Good.
To get a cold feet A When are we going to get a new car? B:l don't know. We can't afford it now that you've stopped work. A Did you talk to your boss today? B:Yes A Did you ask him formore money? B Well. A Oh, David, you promised! B:l didn't promise A:Yes, you did. Your were going to tell him you'd leave if he didn't give you a pay rise B.Well that wouldn't do much good, would it? If I ended up losing my job we'd have no money, at all. A:Oh, come on, stop making excuses. You didn't say anything because you got cold feet again. No courage, that's your trouble THEATRE I'm getfing cold feet 4
Over the Moon A:Where's David? Isn't he coming down to dinner? B:He was here earlier, but I think he was too excited to sit around any longer, and he went out ith some of his friends. A Celebrate what? B:Well, your remember that interview he went to last week? A:Mm B:He got a letter from the firm today. They've offered him the job. A:Oh that is good news. He must be feeling very pleased with himself. B:Pleased? He's over the moon about it
To get a kick out of something A:Oh look, there's one of those new telephone booths. B:Oh yes. They're not very attractive, are they. A:l think the idea was to make them vandal - proof, actually. B:Well I hope they've succeeded. You get sick of smashed-up telephones. Why do they do it? A:What the vandals, you mean? B:Yes. Why are they so destructive? A:l suppose they must find it exciting or thrilling in some way. Well they obviously get a kick out of it, or they wouldn't do it. C
To let the cat out of the ba A:Bye. Have a nice weekend. B:You too. Bye Goodnight Paul C:Bye Carol. See you later B:Er... C:You are coming to the party, aren't you? B:Erm. Yes, I am. But you're not supposed to know about that! Elizabeth said it was going to be a surprise for your birthday C:Yes, well. She was doing so much cooking last night, it was obvious she was planning something. I kept asking her what was going on, and in the end I got it out of her: she told me about tonight's party B:So Elizabeth let the cat out of the bag, did she? C:Yes. I'm afraid so. She let the cat out of the bag. (She gave away the secret.)
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