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IDIOM: warts-and-all (adj)
MEANING: showing defects or imperfections openly; not idealized
EXAMPLE: There was a warts-and-all biography written about my favorite rock star.
IDIOM: Was my face red!
MEANING: an expression meaning "I was very embarrassed."
EXAMPLE: "I was walking in the hall at school yesterday, and when I looked down, I saw that there was a long string of toilet paper trailing from my shoe. Was my face red!"
IDIOM: to wear out (one's) welcome
MEANING: to make your host uncomfortable by visiting too long
EXAMPLE: After two weeks, I wore out my welcome at my sister's house. It was time to go home.
IDIOM: well-off (adj)
MEANING: being in good condition or favorable circumstances
EXAMPLE: Bill Gates is very well-off. He could quit his job today and have enough money for the rest of his life. I'd like to be well-off someday too.
IDIOM: (be) wet behind the ears (adj)
MEANING: inexperienced and naive
EXAMPLE: The new employees are still too wet behind the ears to be very useful in a crisis.
IDIOM: wet blanket (n)
MEANING: a person who quenches or dampens enthusiasm or pleasure
EXAMPLE: Every party has a wet blanket; Trisha complained all night at my birthday party.
IDIOM: wet one's whistle
MEANING: to take a drink - especially of liquor
EXAMPLE: The drunk man said that he wanted to wet his whistle, but I think his whistle is wet enough!
IDIOM: What for?
EXAMPLE: "You wanted to see me? What for?"
IDIOM: what on earth
MEANING: used to make a sentence intensive, or stronger
EXAMPLE: What on earth was that noise?! It sounded like a train crash!
I went over to Jack to find out what on earth he was doing.
MEANING: used interjectionally to suggest the unimportance of a decision between alternatives
EXAMPLE: Karen: "Do you like the red shirt better, or the blue shirt?"
IDIOM: What's up?
MEANING: What's new? What's happening?
EXAMPLE: "Hey John, what's up?"
IDIOM: a white lie
MEANING: a lie that is told to avoid offending someone or hurting (one's) feelings
EXAMPLE: My brother is a terrible singer. When he asked me if I liked his song, I told him a little white lie. I told him he sang well because I didn't want to hurt his feelings.
MEANING: uncommitted; without one's own opinion
EXAMPLE: "Harold is wishy-washy sometimes. I wish he'd make up his mind!"
IDIOM: with a grain of salt (adj)
MEANING: a skeptical attitude
EXAMPLE: When I get "MAKE MONEY FAST" email, I always read them with a grain of salt.
IDIOM: with bells on (adj)
MEANING: very eagerly; with the feeling that one will have a very good time
EXAMPLE: Shirley: "Are you coming with us to Disneyland?"
Winona: "I'll be there with bells on!"
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