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EXPRESSIONS #8

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

1) _____ “My uncle Morris has gained a lot of weight because he eats like a horse.”

2) _____ “When I saw the loose pitbull, I was shaking in my boots.”

3) _____ “Don’t shoot yourself in the foot. Find a new job before you quit your current one.”

4) _____ “Perry found out he will be paralzyed forever. That’s a tough pill to swallow.”

5) _____ “There was a temporary traffic jam because of a fender bender.”

6) _____ “Our mother was really frustrated with the bumper to bumper traffic.”

7) _____ “The fashion model was angry because people thought she was an airhead.”

8) _____ “Our boss quit and now works for our competition. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”


a) to do something foolish that has bad consequences for you

b) a car accident (usually a small one)

c) something that is difficult to accept

d) a crowded driving situation in which cars move at a stop and go pace

e) an attractive person who is not very intelligent

f) to eat a lot

g) it is easier to join the opposition than to fight them

h) very scared

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

bumper to bumper traffic - was shaking in my boots - fender bender

A: Hey, what’s wrong with you? Is everything okay?

B: No, it isn’t. I’m having a terrible day.

A: Why?

B: Well, I was driving home on the freeway, and there was a ____________________ up ahead of me and I had to wait in _______________________.

A: That always happens on the freeway. I hate it.

B: So my gas tank was low when I got on the freeway, and because it took so long, I ran out of gas.

A: On the freeway? Oh my goodness! Then what happened?

B: Well, I had to get out of my car and start pushing it to the side of the freeway.

A: Were you scared?

B: Of course. I _______________________. But I had to do it.


a tough pill to swallow - eat like a horse - if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em

A: How’s it going?

B: Awful.

A: Really? What’s the matter?

B: I’m on a diet.

A: Really? You? I would never have imagined that. What’s the reason? ______________________?

B: No. My doctor made me go on a diet. He said that I was overweight, and that I could possibly have some serious health problems if I didn’t.

A: Wow. That’s ____________________. How long have you been on your diet?

B: Almost one month.

A: Have you lost a lot of weight?

B: Only a little, but I sure don’t like watching everyone else ____________________ when I can only eat little portions of things. That really bothers me.