Friday, October 30, 2015

To go against the grain

To go against the grain - to do something that is often the opposite of what is usually done; contrary to the natural inclination or feeling of someone or something.

Example - "It goes against the grain for William to admit he's wrong."

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Thursday, October 29, 2015


Eventful - with a lot of exciting or unusual things happening.

Example - She's had a very eventful life.

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Skeleton in the cupboard

Skeleton in the cupboard - a discreditable or embarrassing fact that someone wishes to keep secret.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Hard-wearing - durable

Example - "I have just bought a pair of hard-wearing boots."

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Agony Column

Agony column - a column in a newspaper or magazine offering advice on personal problems to readers who write in.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

By happenstance

By happenstance - a coincidental event.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Helm - the wheel which guides a boat.

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Umpire - referee

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Sunday, October 11, 2015


Deranged - mad, insane.

Example - There is a deranged gunman at large.

In hindsight

In hindsight - reconsidering the past with the knowledge one has now.

Example - David realized, in hindsight, that he should have finished school.


Budding = beginning and showing signs of promise in a particular sphere.

Example - I have a business that is budding.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

To flesh out

To flesh out = to give substance to; to expand.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015