The English Corner 6 December

Posted Date : 06-Dec-2017

larger than life

A person who is larger than life attracts special attention because they are very impressive or unusually remarkable in their appearance, behaviour or personality.
He was a larger-then-life character, both onstage and behind the scene.
make a point of
If you make a point of doing something, you make an effort to do what you think is the right thing to do.
The singer made a point of thanking the musicians and the technicians.
at odds
If one person is at odds with another, they disagree with each other.
"Sam is at odds with his father over the purchase of a new tractor."

Laymanise/laymanize-To simplify technical information so that it can be understood by ordinary people or non-specialists

Pig ear Pig's ear= Pieces of metal fixed to the edge of low walls, ledges, benches, steps etc. in urban areas to prevent skateboarders from sliding or jumping on them. These are also called “skateboard deterrents” or “skatestoppers

Sandwich generation-    A generation of middle-aged people who have to care both for their  children and their elderly parents

Synonyms and Antonyms
blame (noun)

1. responsibility for wrongdoing or failure willingly accepted the blame for not seeing that the kitchen was properly cleaned
Synonyms- of blame culpability, fault, guilt, onus, rap
Words Related- to blame blameworthiness, complicity, guiltiness, sinfulness accusation, censure, condemnation, denunciation, finger-pointing, reproach regret, remorse, self-reproach, shame
Antonyms- of blame blamelessness, faultlessness, guiltlessness, innocence
2. the state of being held as the cause of something that needs to be set right blame for the school's poor performance in standardized tests was attributed to several factors
Synonyms- of blame responsibility, fault, liability
Words Related- to blame accountability, answerability

 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.
frown on/upon- Disapprove    
My parents always frowned on smoking.
take out-- Cause to dissapear.    
This should take out the stain.
get on- Board (bus, train, plane)    
You can pay when you get on the bus.

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