Someone or something described as a dead loss is absolutely useless or a complete failure.
When it comes to gardening, my brother is a dead loss.
eat a horse
If you say that you could eat a horse you mean that you are very hungry.
Let's get something to eat. I'm starving. I could eat a horse!
face only a mother could love
This is a humoristic way of saying that someone is ugly or unattractive.
The poor guy has a face only a mother could love.
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.
The old lady passed away peacefully.
keep on- Continue doing something
I told him to be quiet but he kept on making noise.
Common Mistakes and
Confusing Words in English
allude / elude
To allude to something is a verb. It means to refer to something indirectly.
For example: He alluded to the scandal without direclty mentioning it.
To elude something is a verb. It can mean to escape or evade capture in a clever way, or you can use it to express a lack of understanding of something.
For example: He eluded the police for 25 years.
The rules of English spelling continually elude me.
compost A mixture of decaying organic matter such as leaves, wood and manure.
dead zone Area of water containing low levels of oxygen in which fish, plants and other aquatic life find it difficult to survive.
ground water Water found below the surface of the land, usually in porous rock formations.