The English Corner 14 December 2017

Posted Date : 14-Dec-2017

cough up

If you have to cough up something, such as money or information,  you give it reluctantly or unwillingly.
He refused to say who attacked him until his father made him cough up the names.
dive in headfirst
If you begin something enthusiastically, without thinking about the possible consequences, you dive in headfirst.
Tony accepted the project without realizing the time it would take; he always dives in headfirst!
exception proves the rule
If something is different from a general belief or theory, it shows that the belief or theory is true. 
Most teenagers love fast food, but Ben is the exception that proves the rule - he's the only one of our children who insists on healthy food!
hard up
If you are hard up, you have very little money.
We were so hard up that we had to sleep in the car. 

 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.
carry out- 1) Do something as specified (plan, order, threat...) 2) Perform or conduct (test, experiment ...)    
1) The plan was carried out to perfection.
2) Tests are carried out to determine the efficiency of a new drug.

Synonyms and Antonyms
delight (noun)

1. a source of great satisfaction. the opportunity for travel was one of the major delights of the couple's golden years
Synonyms- of delight delectation, feast, gas [slang], joy, kick, manna, pleasure, treat
2. someone or something that provides amusement or enjoyment. with his great sense of humor and bubbly personality, he is a delight to be around
Synonyms- of delight fun, distraction, diversion, divertissement, entertainment, pleasure, recreation
Near Antonyms- of delight killjoy, party pooper
Antonyms- of delight bore, bummer, downer, drag
3. the feeling experienced when one's wishes are met we were filled with delight at the sight of everyone in the family together at last for the holidays
Synonyms- of delight content, contentedness, contentment, delectation, pleasure, enjoyment, gladness, gratification, happiness, relish, satisfaction
Near Antonyms- of delight misery, sadness, unhappiness, wretchedness anguish, desolation, joylessness, sorrow, woe dejection, depression, despondency, dispiritedness, gloom, melancholy aggravation, annoyance, exasperation, irritation, pique, vexation anger, fury, rage agitation, distress, disturbance, upset discomfort, restlessness, uneasiness
Antonyms- of delight discontent, discontentedness, discontentment, displeasure, dissatisfa tion, unhappiness 

Tongue Twister
Whether the weather is warm, whether the weather is hot, we have to put up with the weather, whether we like it or not.
(Repeat it loudly a few times to check   if you could say it fast, without a slip)

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