If you go overboard, you are over-enthusiastic about something and do too much or behave in an excessive way.
We need to prepare the dining room for Christmas, but don't go overboard with the decorations.
hit the dust
The expression hit the dust is a humorous way of referring to death.
You can have my computer when I hit the dust!
keep your nose clean
A person who keeps their nose clean behaves well and avoids trouble.
He spent a term in prison a few years ago but he's kept his nose clean ever since.
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.
put (yourself) out- Go to a lot of trouble / be inconvenienced.
Please don't put yourself out for us.
take off- Leave the ground
The plane took off at 7 o'clock.
Common Mistakes and
Confusing Words in English
enquire / enquiry
inquire / inquiry In British English there's a subtle difference between enquiry and inquiry, but Americans tend to use inquiry for both, as a result the lines are getting blurred, but generally:-
If you enquire about someone or something you ask about them.
For example:- She enquired about his health. He was touched by her enquiry..
In British English we use inquiry when we're talking about more official investigations.
For example:- She thought the committee had no right to inquire into her politics.
There was an inquiry into the death of Ian Tomlinson.
Note - If you can't decide, stick to inquire / inquiry. You'll sound like an American, but that can't be helped.
BUSINESS ENGLISH VOCABULARY
agent Person or company that acts for another and provides a specified service.
bedrock price Lowest possible price.
commitment Engagement or undertaking; to commit oneself.