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EXPRESSIONS #9

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

1) _____ “Ugh! I overate at that buffet tonight. Too much of a good thing is a bad thing!”

2) _____ “The high price of rent really makes my blood boil.”

3) _____ “I’m not worried about failing the test. I have bigger fish to fry.”

4) _____ “Diane is dying to go on the new rollercoaster.”

5) _____ “The neighbors used to shoot the breeze during the long summer nights.”

6) _____ “I have to find a present for my sister. Her birthday is right around the corner.”

7) _____ “Sue bounced a check because she forgot to transfer money to her checking account.”

8) _____ “We stayed in our hotel all weekend because outside it was raining cats and dogs.”


a) to have more important things to do

b) an abundance of something that you like might not be good

c) to talk casually; to chat

d) coming up soon

e) to make you angry

f) to rain hard

g) to write a check that you don’t have money for

h) to be very excited to do something

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

too much of a good thing is a bad thing - right around the corner - was dying to

A: Hey, can I borrow some money?

B: Again? Why?

A: Uh, well, my parents’ wedding anniversary is ___________________, and I have to buy them a gift.

B: But why don’t you have any money? Didn’t you just get paid last week?

A: Yeah, but, well, I ____________________ buy a new stereo system for my car, and so I spent all my money on that. I know, I know, that sounds foolish. But you should hear it. It sounds great.

B: So now you expect me to help you? Why should I?

A: Uh, because you’re a nice person, and you like to help people.

B: True, I am nice. In fact, maybe I’m too nice. After all, ____________________________.

A: I know, I know. But can I borrow some money? Yes or no?


it was raining cats and dogs - shooting the breeze - makes my blood boil

A: Did you have a good weekend? Did you do anything fun?

B: No. It was terrible. My car broke down yesterday, and I had to walk home.

A: Yesterday? But ____________________. Did you have an umbrella?

B: Nope. It was at home. I didn’t know it was going to rain.

A: So what’s wrong with your car?

B: I’m not sure. I don’t think I can trust my mechanic. He says there’s a lot of things wrong with my engine. But who knows? He might be lying, and that really _____________________ when mechanics lie.

A: I know what you mean. But you know what, I might be able to help you. My neighbor and I were ____________________ yesterday, and he told me that his brother-in-law was a good mechanic. Maybe you could take your car to him.