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EXPRESSIONS #7

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

1) _____ “Joan was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She’s never had a job.”

2) _____ “Invite Keith. We need some excitement. He’s always the life of the party.”

3) _____ “Trying to find an honest lawyer is like looking for a needle in a haystack."

4) _____ “Bob can’t come with us today. He’s under the weather.”

5) _____ “My friend Fran has been on my mind today. I should call her.”

6) _____ “I have way too much homework to do. I can’t take it anymore!”

7) _____ “Becky practices her tuba all day long. She gets under my skin.”

8) _____ “The teacher bored us to death with his lecture.”


a) sick

b) it means: you have been thinking about something or someone

c) to really bore your listeners

d) it means: enough! no more! it is a cry of despair that is said when someone is stressed out

e) the most exciting, entertaining person at a party

f) to be born in a rich family

g) it means: something is difficult to find

h) to annoy or bother someone

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

like looking for a needle in a haystack - I can’t take it anymore - under the weather

A: My car broke down again. That’s the second time this week. ___________________________!

B: Again? What’s wrong with it?

A: I have no idea.

B: Why don’t you take it to a mechanic?

A: I have, but they didn’t do a good job. Everyone knows that trying to find a good mechanic is ____________________________________.

B: Do you know what? My friend Bob is a great mechanic. You can take your car to him.

A: Really? You know a good mechanic? Why didn’t you tell me earlier?

B: I don’t know. But Bob’s _____________________ this week, so you’ll have to wait until next week.


the life of the party - gets under my skin - was born with a silver spoon in his mouth - on my mind

A: You know, I keep thinking about Sally. She’s been __________________ all day long.

B: Really? Why?

A: I’m not sure. To me, she didn’t look very happy at our party last night.

B: You know, you’re right. Normally, she’s _______________________, but last night she was very quiet.

A: I wonder why her husband didn’t come with her last night.

B: Who knows? But I’m glad that he didn’t.

A: Why?

B: Because I don’t really like him. He _______________________.

A: Yeah, I guess I know what you mean. He’s kind of arrogant.

B: That’s because he’s been rich his entire life. He _____________________________________.