The English Corner 9 October

go great guns
If someone or something is going great guns, they are doing very well.
Fred's night club is going great guns.  It's becoming hard to get in!
heavens open
When the heavens open, it suddenly starts to rain heavily.
As soon as the race started, the heavens opened and the runners were soaked.
ins and outs
The term 'ins and outs' of a situation means all the details or facts.
I know he was involved in a car accident, but I don't know the ins and outs of his injuries.
land on your feet
If you land on your feet, you make a quick recovery after a difficulty such as a business failure, an illness, a loss, etc.
Don't worry about Bob. He always lands on his feet.

 Phrasal Verbs
A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb; the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb. Below you will find a list of phrasal verbs in alphabetical order with their meaning and an example of use.
give away- 1) Give something free of charge. 2) Reveal something.    
1) He gave away most of his paintings. 2) The names of the witnesses will not be given away.
know of- have heard of / have knowledge about
Do you know of anyone else attending the conference?

Synonyms and Antonyms
descent (noun)

1. the act or process of going to a lower level or altitude the airplane began its gradual descent to the landing field
Synonyms- dip, dive, down, drop, fall, nosedive, plunge
Near Antonyms- advance, headway, progress, progression; betterment, improvement
Antonyms- ascent, climb, rise, rising, soaring, upswing, upturn
2. a gradual sinking and wasting away of mind or body the family patriarch's heartbreaking descent into infirmity and senility
Synonyms- debilitation, decay, decaying, declension, degeneration, decline, deterioration, ebbing, enfeeblement, weakening
Near Antonyms- invigoration, strengthening; progress; rejuvenation, rejuvenescence
Antonyms- comeback, improvement, rally, recovery, recuperation, rehabilitation, revitalization, snapback
3. a change to a lower state or level the nation's rapid descent into anarchy after the revolution
Synonyms- decadence, declension, declination, degeneracy, degeneration, degradation, dégringolade, decline, deterioration, devolution, downfall, downgrade, ebb, eclipse, fall
Near Antonyms- advancement, development, evolution, growth; blossoming, flourishing, flowering; renewal, restoration, revitalization; heightening; accretion, accrual, addendum, addition, augmentation, boost, enhancement, gain, increase, increment, raise, supplement
Antonyms- ascent, rise, upswing
4. a loss of status for throwing the game, the ballplayer underwent a huge descent in the eyes of the fans
Synonyms- decline, , demise, comedown, down, downfall, fall, flameout, Götterdämmerung
Near Antonyms- advance, headway, progress; flower, heyday, prime
Antonyms- aggrandizement, ascent, exaltation, rise, up


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