The English Corner 4 January

Posted Date : 04-Jan-2018

keep a lid on

If you keep the lid on something, you hide it or control it to prevent people from finding out about it.
The company tried to keep a lid on the negotiations but word got out to the press.
love me, love my dog
This expression means that if someone loves you, they must love everything about you, including everyone and everything you love.
Harry didn't like Sally's best friend, but Sally said : 'love me, love my dog!'
moonlight flit
Someone who does a moonlight flit leaves a place quickly and in secret, usually to avoid paying debts.
Just before the rent was due he did a moonlight flit.

Guesstimate- Blend of 'guess' and 'estimate'. A rough estimate without any claim of accuracy.
Landline- A telephone connected to wires in a fixed location as opposed to  a mobile or cell phone.
spinnish- The language used by spin doctors, spokes-persons, campaign managers, etc. when trying to present information in a favourable light. 

Common Mistakes and
 Confusing Words in English
oncentrate / concentrated

The verb - When you concentrate you direct all your efforts towards a particular activity, subject or problem.
For example: You need to concentrate harder when you listen to something in another language.
The adjective - If something is concentrated it means it has had some liquid removed.
For example: I prefer freshly squeezed orange juice to concentrated.
Note- The simple past of "to concentrate" is "concentrated" this is where the confusion may arise.
For example: She concentrated very hard in the exam.

 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.
blow up- 1) Explode, 2) Be destroyed by an explosion.
1) The terrorists said the bomb would blow  up at 9 o'clock. 2) The car blew up but luckily there was  nobody in it.
even out- 1) Eliminate differences of opinion. 2) Become level or regular    
1) After a long discussion they managed to even out their differences. 2) The road was evened out to make it safer.


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