⭕ Speak Your Mind ⭕
Fig. Say what you are really thinking. To say what you really think, not what people want to hear.
- She’s not afraid to speak her mind, even if it upsets people.
- Please let me speak my mind, and then you can do whatever you wish.
- It’s difficult for students to speak their mind when their teacher is listening.
⭕ From this day forth ⭕
It is a formal way of saying from now on, if you declare that from today forth, you’ll pursue your dream of becoming an engineer, it means you’ll work every day to make it happen.
- They promised to follow instructions from this day forth.
- I promise that from this day forth I will smoke no more cigarettes.
- But essentially, I ceased to regard lying as a viable option from that day forth.
⭕ A Nanny ⭕
A Nanny is someone you pay to look after your children while you work. But NAN or NANNY is what some British people call their grandmother. British informal One’s grandmother (used by children, especially as a form of address) a grandmother. Just like granny and grandpa.
- A lot of mothers are against the idea of employing a nanny.
- When is Nanny coming to stay?
- My nan and grandad.
⭕ Stick to something ⭕
Keep going, remain loyal, persist in or continue applying oneself to something. You can “stick to” a diet, of course. Other things that people try to “stick to” include:
1) Stick to a plan 2) Stick to your promise 3) Stick to the rules (=obey the rules).
- I think we should stick to our original plan.
- I tried to go on a diet but I couldn’t stick to it.
- If everyone sticks to the rules, we shouldn’t have any problems.
- Abraham Lincoln always stuck to his opinion, even when he was threatened.
⭕ Itching to ⭕
Informal, feeling a restless or strong desire to do something. Can’t wait to, desperate to, to feel very impatient because you want to do something immediately (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.)
- Imad has an itch to go swimming.
- The kids are itching to go out and play.
- Sara has an itch to see a movie tonight.
- I can’t wait to finish work, I am itching to get some pizza.
⭕ YEAR-LONG / YEAR-ROUND ⭕
YEAR-LONG = adjective, lasting for or throughout a year:
- I want to go on a year-long holiday.
- She is taking a year-long course in English.
YEAR-ROUND = adjective & adverb, happening or continuing throughout the year:
- It rains year-round in the UK.
- The island has a tropical climate with year-round sunshine.
⭕ Coin a phrase / Coin a term ⭕
Invent a new expression, if you coin a phrase or a term, you are the first person to say it:
- Scientists coined the phrase ‘greenhouse effect’ to help explain global warming.
- Jaron Lanier coined the term `virtual reality’ and pioneered its early development.
Something you say before using an expression that has been very popular or used too much or said ironically after one uses a cliché:
- I was, to coin a phrase, gobsmacked!
- She was, to coin a phrase, as clever as fox.
- He is “worth his weight in feathers,” to coin a phrase.
‘To coin a phrase‘ is now rarely used with its original invent a new phrase meaning but is almost always used ironically to introduce a banal or clichéd sentiment.
⭕ I don’t buy it ⭕
I don’t buy it is another way to say I don’t believe it, disagree; to not be convinced. You’re not accepting something as true:
- He said he can speak ten languages, but I don’t buy that.
- My student told me his dog ate his homework, but I don’t buy it.
- They say prices are going to fall, but I don’t buy it.
- She said that she was not in love, but I wouldn’t buy it.
- That’s what they say, but I don’t buy it.
- I don’t buy it, it doesn’t make any sense.
⭕ Can’t put your finger on it ⭕
You can’t explain it, to discover the exact reason why a situation is the way it is, especially when something is wrong:
- There’s something odd about him, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.
- There is something different about her appearance, but I can’t put my finger on it.
To discover the exact reason why a situation is the way it is, especially when something is wrong (often negative), to hit the nail on the head:
- When she mentioned money, she really put her finger on the problem.
- I’ve just put my finger on why I find it so hard getting up in the morning: I hate my job!
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