(like the) back of one's hand
If you know something like the back of your hand, you are very familiar with it and know it in detail.
Of course I won't get lost. I know London like the back of my hand!
cat in hell's chance
To say that there is not a cat in hell's chance of someone doing or achieving something means that there is no chance at all.
Because of the blizzard, the pilot didn't have a cat in hell's chance of landing safely.
put a damper on
If someone or something puts a damper on a situation or event, they make it less successful or enjoyable.
The party was going great until the neighbour's complaints put a damper on it.
Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global waring.
insecticide A pesticide compound used to kill or prevent the growth of insects.
methane An odourless, colourless, flammable gas formed when organic matter decomposes.
Common Mistakes and
Confusing Words in English
astrology / astronomy
Astrology (n) The study of the movements and positions of the sun, moon, planets and stars, and the skill of describing the expected effect that some people believe these have on the character and behaviour of humans.
For example: I always look at my horoscope in the newspaper, but I don't really believe in astrology.
Astronomy (n) The scientific study of the universe and of objects which exist naturally in space, such as the moon, the sun, planets and stars.
For example: The Sky at Night is a monthly television programme on astronomy produced by the BBC.
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.
look ahead- Think of the future
It's time to forget the past and look ahead.
pull through- Overcome difficulties or illness
My grandmother caught pneumonia but she pulled through.
wear out- 1) Become unusable, 2) Become very tired
1) Julie wore out her shoes sightseeing. 2) At the end of the day Julie was worn out.