Журнал Esquire составил подборку английских неологизмов и фразеологизмов
meaning: excellent, great, wonderful
examples: Kelly thought that the dress she saw in the shop window was to die for.
The pizza in that restaurant is to die for. You shoudl try it!
meaning: go to see a movie at the cinema; have food to go from a restaurant and eat it at home
examples: Let's go take in that new action film. It looks exciting.
I don't feel like going out tonight or cooking. Let's just take in some Chinese food and watch TV.
meaning: a dull, boring or uncooperative person
If you put a stick in the mud it's very difficult to move that stick. It will probably just stay there doing nothing.
examples: Robert is no fun, he's a stick-in-the-mud.
Dan never changes his habits. That old stick-in-the-mud is in bed by 8 pm every night!
meaning: disturb a stable situation
examples: Please, don't rock the boat. We hav had successful sales with the current website. I don't want to change it now.
Victor rocked the boat at the meeting when he announced his retirement.
meaning: to endure (an unpleasant situation)
examples: I can't put up with the noise! Please close the window.
Jenny said she can't put up with her husband's drinking problem anymore.
meaning: make a lot of effort to succeed (building up a business or looking for a job)
The pavement is the street. Pound means to walk with very heavy feet.
examples: It used to be that to find a job, you had to pound the pavement.
The demonstrators pounded the pavement all the way to the city hall.
meaning: beyond your mental capacity or ability (не по плечу \ не по зубам \ выше понимания)
examples: I don't know how to do this. It's way over my head.
That math problem is over my head, so I can't help you.
What do you find ridiculously easy to do?
What or who do you find utterly ridiculous?
What are you deeply concerned about?
Do you know anyone highly successful?What are you strongly opposed to?
meaning: receiving illegal payments in return for favours
examples: Henry always used the same supplier because he was on the take.
The corrupt politicians were on the take. That's how they got so much campaign money.
meaning: on a limited budget
examples: By shopping wisely, the family lived on a shoestring. ("...кое-как перебивалась")
Mary planned the party on a shoestring, and it was fabulous.
We lived on a shoestring for years before I got a good-paying job.
It's going to be a challenge doing such a big project on a shoestring but we'll try our best.
meaning: no problem
examples: You need help painting the house? I will take care of it, no sweat.
Oh, you'll be late? No sweat!
meaning: make a mistake, do badly
examples: I messed up my exam. I should have studied more.
If I follow all the instructions, I can't mess up.
meaning 1: understand something that you can hardly see or read
examples: It was hard to make out what the man was saying because he spoke quietly.
Sorry, but I couldn´t make out what you wrote.
meaning 2: kiss romantically and passionately and hugexamples: Bob´s son and his girlfriend were making out in the basement.
You shoulnd´t make out in the classroom!