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IDIOMS,MEANINGS AND ITS USAGE:

Idiom #1
DON'T GIVE UP THE DAY JOB
Explanation of Idiom #1
YOU ARE NOT VERY GOOD AT THAT. YOU COULD DEFINITELY NOT DO IT PROFESSIONALLY.
Example of Idiom #1
"I REALLY LIKE THE WAY YOU SING BUT DON'T GIVE UP YOUR DAY JOB."

Idiom #2
A CASH COW
Explanation of Idiom #2
AN EASY WAY TO EARN MONEY REGULARLY.
Example of Idiom #2
"INCOME TAX IS A REAL CASH COW FOR THE GOVERNMENT."

Idiom #3
CLEAR THE AIR
Explanation of Idiom #3
DISCUSS SOMETHING THAT WAS CAUSING PEOPLE TO FEEL UPSET.
Example of Idiom #3
"THERE SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN A MISUNDERSTANDING. I'D LIKE TO EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENED, JUST TO CLEAR THE AIR."

Idiom #4
TURN YOUR BACK ON
Explanation of Idiom #4
GIVE UP ON, OR ABANDON.
Example of Idiom #4
"I NEED YOUR HELP BUT YOU JUST TURNED YOUR BACK ON ME.

"Idiom #5
NOT CUT OUT FOR
Explanation of Idiom #5
NOT SUITABLE FOR SOMETHING.
Example of Idiom #5
"HE TRIED MOUNTAIN CLIMBING BUT HE SIMPLY WAS NOT CUT OUT FOR IT."


Idiom #6
A CLASS ACT
Explanation of Idiom #6
SOPHISTICATED, ABOVE AVERAGE.
Example of Idiom #6
"HE OFFERED TO HELP, EVEN THOUGH HE DOESN'T KNOW ME. HE'S A REAL CLASS ACT."

Idiom #7
CLEAN UP YOUR ACT
Explanation of Idiom #7
IMPROVE YOUR BEHAVIOR.
Example of Idiom #7
"IF YOU ARE EVER GOING TO IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH SKILLS, YOU MUST START GETTING TO CLASS ON TIME AND DOING YOUR HOMEWORK. WHY DON'T YOU CLEAN UP YOUR ACT?"

Idiom #8
GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER
Explanation of Idiom # 8
GET MORE ORGANIZED.
Example of Idiom #8
"YOU HAVE BEEN LATE FOR WORK EVERY DAY THIS WEEK. IF YOU WANT TO KEEP THIS JOB, YOU MUST GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER."

Idiom #9
IN THE AIR
Explanation of Idiom #9
BEING DISCUSSED. GENERALLY OBVIOUS.
Example of Idiom #9
"THE DAYS ARE GETTING LONGER AND THE FLOWERS ARE BLOOMING. SPRING IS IN THE AIR."

Idiom #10
UP IN ARMS
Explanation of idom #10
ANGRY.
Example of Idiom #10
"THE CROWD WAS AGITATED. EVERYONE WAS UP IN ARMS OVER THE GOVERNMENT DECISION."


Idiom #11
SCRATCH THE SURFACE
Explanation of Idiom #11
EXAMINE ONLY A PART OF SOMETHING. UNCOVER ONLY A FEW FACTS ABOUT SOMETHING.
Example of Idiom #11
"CANCER RESEARCH IS A VERY LONG-TERM PROCESS. SO FAR, WE HAVE JUST BEGUN TO SCRATCH THE SURFACE."

Idiom #12
SPILL THE BEANS
Explanation of Idiom #12
TELL A SECRET.
Example of Idiom #12
"I WON'T BE THE ONE TO SPILL THE BEANS."

Idiom #13
GIVE THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT
Explanation of Idiom #13
BELIEVE SOMEONE'S STATEMENT, WITHOUT PROOF.
Example of Idiom #13
"THE TEACHER'S EXPLANATION DID NOT SEEM LOGICAL, BUT I GAVE HER THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT."

Idiom #14
BLACK AND BLUE
Explanation of Idiom #14
BRUISED.
Example of Idiom #14
"HE WAS BEATEN UNTIL HE WAS BLACK AND BLUE."

Idiom #15
BY THE BOOK
Explanation of Idiom #15
DOING SOMETHING ACCORDING TO THE RULES.
Example of Idiom #15
"HE IS A GOOD COP. HE DOES EVERYTHING BY THE BOOK."


Idiom #16
IN THE CLEAR
Explanation of Idiom #16
OUT OF TROUBLE.
Example of Idiom #16
"HIS INNOCENCE HAS BEEN PROVEN. HE IS IN THE CLEAR."

Idiom #17
STEER CLEAR OF
Explanation of Idiom #17
AVOID.
Example of Idiom #17
"SHE IS NOT VERY NICE. I THINK WE SHOULD STEER CLEAR OF HER."

Idiom #18
ROUND THE CLOCK
Explanation of Idiom #18
ALL DAY.
Example of Idiom #18
"HE IS A VERY HARD WORKER. HE USUALLY WORKS ROUND THE CLOCK."

Idiom #19
TURN BACK THE CLOCK
Explanation of Idiom #19
GO BACK IN TIME.
Example of Idiom #19
"I FEEL OLD. I WISH I COULD TURN BACK THE CLOCK."

Idiom #20
LIKE CLOCKWORK
Explanation of Idiom #20
WITH MECHANICAL EFFICIENCY.
Example of Idiom #20
"HE IS VERY PREDICTABLE. HE ALWAYS EATS AT THE SAME TIME, LIKE CLOCKWORK."
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