Idioms in American Life / Edition 1

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This text helps students understand and use 100 high-frequency American idioms in various grammatical and situational contexts. Twenty self-contained lessons move from highly controlled to lesscontrolled use of idioms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780134502076
  • Publisher: Pearson Education ESL
  • Publication date: 2/27/1987
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 138
  • Product dimensions: 6.87 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Lesson 1

what’s the matter / give up / by heart / make fun of / brush up on

Lesson 2

take after / at all / take it easy / go to pieces / take turns

Lesson 3

be out of shape / every other / would rather / get together / look forward to

Lesson 4

have got / be broke / right away / make sense / had better

Review: Lessons 1-4

Lesson 5

be up to someone / foot the bill / go Dutch / on second thought / dress up

Lesson 6

get along with / do one’s best / lose one’s temper / see eye to eye / make up

Lesson 7

count on someone / show up / on purpose / let someone down / let someone know

Lesson 8

drop off / out of one’s way / pick up / in time / in advance

Review: Lessons 5-8

Lesson 9

be about to / find out / get in touch with / be in charge of / after all

Lesson 10

find fault with / do something over / stand out / be to blame / be better off

Crossword Puzzle: Lessons 1-10

Lesson 11

be touch and go / be used to / get over / be up and about / keep someone company

Lesson 12

ran into / go out / fall in love / by the way / be out of

Review: Lessons 9-12

Lesson 13

make up one’s mind / used to (verb) / quite a few / make friends / keep (verb + ing)

Lesson 14

how about / as well / come up with / think over / call off

Lesson 15

make ends meet / do without / cut down on / in the long run / sleep on

Lesson 16

give someone a hand / no wonder / get rid of / try on / take one’s time

Review: Lessons 13-16

Lesson 17

break into / get away with / hold up / take place from now on

Lesson 18

put off / take advantage of / fall behind / catch up / at this point

Lesson 19

all of a sudden / get lost / have on / let go of / keep an eye on

Lesson 20

quite a bit of / mix up / not to mention / tell apart / even so

Review: Lessons 17-20

Crossword Puzzle: Lessons 1-20

Appendix: Dialogue Titles


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