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Thursday, December 1, 2016

To Rat on Someone

When you "rat on someone," you tell an authority figure about their bad actions or words.

Example: After seeing Shawn take an extra cookie during snack time, Lucy told the teacher and ratted  on him.



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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Tickled pink

When you are "tickled pink," you are very happy about something.

Example: After Michael messages Lucy, she was tickled pink.


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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Don't sweat it

When you tell someone " don't sweat it," you mean to say "don't worry about it."

Example: If you're going to be late today, don't sweat it! I heard that traffic is really bad.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

To see red

When someone "sees red," they are very angry.

After Jessica insulted her family, Lucy saw red.


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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Call it a day

When you "call it a day," you stop doing an activity.

Example: After failing to sell any Girl Scout cookies, Kathleen decided to call it a day.


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Monday, October 24, 2016

Until the cows come home

When you are willing to do something "until the cows come home," means that you will do it for an indefinite but long time.

Example: Ivan told Emma that he would love to dance with her until the cows come home.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fit like a glove

When something "fits like a glove," it fits perfectly. This idiom usually describes clothing.

Example: Alex's mom bought her a dress that fits like a glove.


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