in the bag
People use this expression when it becomes obvious that success or victory is going to be achieved.
An hour before the polling stations closed, victory seemed in the bag for the Conservative candidate.
When you drop names, you mention the names of famous people you know or have met in order to impress others.
There goes Jack dropping names again. People will get tired of listening to him!
fur coat and no knickers
A person who tries to appear distinguished but has no real class is referred to as 'fur coat and no knickers'.
Don't let her impress you. She's what we call 'fur coat and no knickers'!
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.
head for- Go/move in a certain direction.
The boat was heading for the rocks.
knock out- Cause someone to fall unconscious.
The boxer was knocked out in the first round.
Common Mistakes and
Confusing Words in English
precede / proceed
Precede is a verb that means to be or to go before something or someone in time or space.
For example: Ecological extinction caused by overfishing precedes other human disturbance to coastal ecosystems.
Proceed is a verb that means to continue as planned.
For example: The government has decided not to proceed with the legislation.
NEW WORDS IN ENGLISH
Bashtag- A bashtag is a hashtag (#) that is used to make critical or abusive comments on social networking services such as Twitter
Cyber cafe- A place which provides internet access to the public.
Dench- Extremely attractive, fashionable, impressive, etc
Gran-lit- Blend of 'granny' and 'literature'. Books that appeal more to older people.
Roofs of mushrooms rarely mush too much.
If Stu chews shoes, should Stu choose the shoes he chews?
(Repeat it loudly a few times to check if you could say it fast, without a slip)