pencil pusher = a person who does an administrative job.
The government wastes too much money on pencil pushers.
piece of cake = very easy
The exam was a piece of cake. I am sure I did well.
powder my nose = go to the washroom to ‘fix your make-up’ …only FEMALES say this
“I’m going to powder my nose. Back in a minute!”
hard up (adj) = having money trouble
“I have been hard up since I lost my job last year.
hard-core (adj) = very intense
Paul is a hard-core golfer. That is all he ever wants to do.
hard sell (n) = aggressive way of selling or advertising
When a sales person does a hard sell on me, I find it difficult to say no.
Here are a few expressions you might hear when you are out and about…
hot shot = someone who is really good at something, and shows off/lets you know!
“Erik is a hot shot on the ski slopes.”
“Ana is a hot shot in the kitchen. She never lets anyone else cook.”
good to go = I’m ready, let’s start
piece of cake = very easy
The project was a piece of cake. I did it in 1 night.
Learning English is a piece of cake compared the Chinese!
give someone an earful = complain strongly
While I was in the garden, my neighbor gave me an earful about the garbage collectors.
I was so upset that I wanted to give someone an earful, but everyone had gone home!
lame (adj) = boring/dull
“Jill’s birthday party was so lame. There was no music or food!”
“The politics course I’m taking is lame, so I’m going to drop out.
lame (adj) = not convincing
Your excuse is lame. There was no reason to be late.
Her reasons for quitting her job were lame. She is simply lazy.
We use (to be +) totaled to say that something was completely destroyed.
My car was totaled in the accident.
John totaled his bike when he fell off.
glitch = something has a problem, mistake, or error
There is a glitch in the annual budget. You forgot to include the transportation expenses.
I think there is a glitch in this software program. It keeps turning off.
I am such a poor typist. There are are glitches everywhere!
freebie = something you are given without paying for it – usually by a business
Can you believe this shirt was a freebie? I wear it all the time.
The supermarket often gives out freebies so people can try new products.
free-for-all = an argument or activity where many people get involved
The discussion turned into a free-for-all. Everyone started yelling at each other.
These are some ways to say that a person is very upset or angry about something:
nearly have a cow
James nearly had a cow when he saw the damage to the car.
have a hissy fit
Lisa had a hissy fit when I told her what you said.
blow your top
I know you are going to blow your top when I tell you this, but…
cold fish (n) – a person who has no personality, very dull
Jim’s wife is a cold fish. She’s so hard to talk to.
I sit beside a cold fish at the office. He barely says a word to me all day.
line (n) – a poor excuse
Adam told me he’ll pay back the money next week. He keeps giving me that line.
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