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EXPRESSIONS #12 ANSWERS

PART 1: Try to find the letter that has the correct meaning for the underlined expressions.

1) __d__ “After I went bankrupt and lost everything, I found out I had a lot of fairweather friends.”

2) __b__ “The teacher bent over backward trying to help the student, but it didn’t work.”

3) __a__ “Sure, I’d love to go see that movie with you. Action movies are right up my alley.”

4) __h__ “The man put two and two together and realized that his overeating was making him fat.”

5) __b__ “We don’t like our neighbors, and they added fuel to the fire when they accidentally hit our car.”

6) __f__ “No, I can’t let you borrow any cash. What? Do you think I’m made of money.”

7) __c__ “The defendant was sweating bullets before the judge read the verdict.”

8) __e__ “The brave soldier wasn’t afraid of anything. He firmly believed: no guts, no glory.”


a) something that you are interested in

b) to make a great effort; to try hard to do something

c) to sweat a lot

d) friends who are your friends only when things are going well

e) it means: if you are cowardly and afraid to take a risk, you won’t get any reward

f) very rich

g) to make something worse

h) to make a conclusion by combining a few facts

PART 2: Try to put the right expression in the right place.

put two and two together - made of money - fairweather friends

A: How are you? You look kind of sad.

B: Eh, I guess I’m a little lonely. Ever since I lost my job, my friends don’t want to hang out with me anymore.

A: Hmm. Is that right? They sound like __fairweather friends__ to me.

B: You might be right. Now that I can’t afford to buy them things, they don’t return my calls.

A: Did they want to hang out with you when you were __made of money__?

B: Yeah. But then I got fired.

A: Well, __put two and two together__. When you had money they wanted to hang out, but now that you don’t have money, they don’t want to hang out.

B: Hmm. I guess you’re right. Maybe I need to find some new friends.


added fuel to the fire - bent over backward - sweating bullets

A: Hey, what’s wrong with you? You look really upset.

B: That’s because I am. I spent the whole weekend trying to help my sister-in-law move to her new house.

A: Oh. That doesn’t sound like much fun.

B: Nope. But I had to, and I __bent over backward__ trying to help her, but she still wasn’t satisfied.

A: Really? Why would anyone complain about free help?

B: Who knows? My back still hurts. I probably carried over one hundred boxes.

A: By yourself? I bet you were __sweating bullets__ the whole time.

B: I was. And on the last day, I was really tired, and she started to accuse me of being lazy.

A: Really? She doesn’t sound like a very nice person.

B: She isn’t. I was already upset, and her accusation just __added fuel to the fire__.