August 2013

It’s all Greek to me

Definition: We use this expression when we cannot understand something we read or hear.
Example: “She tried to explain how the system works, but I’m afraid it’s all Greek to me.”

Go Dutch

Definition: To share the cost of something, especially a meal.
Example: “Rachel does not like her male companion to offer her dinner. She always prefers to go Dutch.”

Chinese Whispers

Definition: Any situation where information is passed on in turn by a number of people, often becoming distorted in the process
Example: “All this talk about the Prime Minister resigning is just Chinese Whispers. There’s no truth in the rumour.”

Talk for England

Definition: Someone who can talk for hours and hours.
Example: “I’m so sorry I’m late. I couldn’t get away from Linda. She can talk for England!”

Pardon My French

Definition: We use this expression before or after we have said something rude, for example, a swear word.
Example: “If you’ll pardon my French, but I think you’re a %^&*!”

Young Turk

Definition: A Young Turk is a person who rebels against authority or societal expectations.
Example: “The young Turks are acting up again.”

Good Samaritan

Definition: A Good Samaritan is a kindly person who helps another in difficulty or distress.
Example: “He is a good samaritan, helping his elderly neighbour to do her shopping.”

A Mexican Standoff

Definition: A situation in which no one can emerge as a clear winner.
Example: “There appears to be a Mexican Standoff as neither party can agree on the terms of the merger.”

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