The English Corner 15 December 2017

Posted Date : 15-Dec-2017

icing on the cake

If something is referred to as icing on the cake, it is an extra benefit that makes a good situation even better.
Good news!  I get the job ... and the icing on the cake is that I get a company car too!
loose end
A person who is at a loose end has some spare time, and feels quite bored by having nothing in particular to do.
When the meeting was cancelled at the last minute, Julie unexpectedly found herself at a loose end. 
my way or highway
If you say to someone 'it's my way or the highway', you are telling them that either they accept to do as you say or they leave the project.
You don't have much choice when someone says: 'it's my way or the highway.'!

 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.
get off-    1) Leave (bus, train, plane). 2) Remove from something.
1) Get off the bus at Trafalgar Square. 2) She's trying to get off the stain.
line up-    Stand in a row.    
The books were lined up neatly on the shelves.
stick to- Continue without changing anything
We must decide on a plan of action and stick to it.
trade in- Give as part payment for a new article.
I traded in my car for a new mode

Synonyms and Antonyms
care (noun)

1. strict attentiveness to what one is doing “reading the report with more care the second time, she detected several errors”
Synonyms- carefulness, closeness, conscientiousness, heed, heedfulness, meticulosity, meticulousness, pains, scrupulousness
Near Antonym-s inadvertence, inadvertency, inattention, inobservance
Antonyms- heedlessness, inattentiveness, negligence
2, attention accompanied by protectiveness and responsibility “that's an extremely valuable violin, so handle it with care”
Synonyms -carefulness, lovingness, solicitousness, solicitude
Near Antonyms- inconsiderateness, inconsideration, thoughtlessness, unconcern, unkindness
Antonyms- carelessness
3. a close attentiveness to avoiding danger 'take care while crossing the street'
Synonyms- alertness, caution, carefulness, cautiousness, chariness, circumspection, gingerliness, guardedness, heedfulness, prudence, wariness
Near Antonyms- abruptness, hastiness, impetuousness, precipitousness, rashness, suddenness; inconsiderateness, inconsideration, thoughtlessness
4. an uneasy state of mind usually over the possibility of an anticipated misfortune or trouble “on vacation, without a care in the world”
Synonyms- agita, agitation, anxiousness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, anxiety, concern, concernment, disquiet, disquietude, fear, nervosity, nervousness, perturbation, solicitude, sweat, unease, uneasiness, worry.
Near Antonyms- calm, calmness, content, contentment, ease, easiness, peace, peacefulness, placidity, placidness, quiet, quietude, sereneness, serenity, tranquillity (or tranquility), tranquilness; comfort, consolation, relief, solace
Antonyms- unconcern

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