CUNY - College of Staten Island - English Language Institute



CUNY - College of Staten Island: The English Language Institute (ELI) of the Center for Global Engagement has offered innovative academic programs for students learning English as a Second Language since the late 1970’s. Our course of study is designed to challenge and engage students. Students are immersed in the language, culture, and ethnicity of New York City. Classes range from beginner to the advanced level.

Friday, June 15, 2018

To Bet One’s Bottom Dollar

When you “bet your bottom dollar,” you are certain of something.
Example: I’d bet my bottom dollar that Susan and Luke are dating.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Back on One’s Feet

When you “get back on your feet,” you return to financial stability.
Example: After losing her job 4 months ago, Nancy finally got back on her feet again.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

To Get the Ball Rolling

When you “get the ball rolling,” you set an activity in motion.
Example: Since she was in charge of fundraising, Jasmine decided to get the ball rolling by hanging up posters for the bake sale.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

To Hit the Books

When you “hit the books,” you study.
Example: Lucas couldn’t watch the game last night because he had to hit the books.
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Saturday, May 19, 2018

To Get Bent Out of Shape

When you “get bent out of shape,” you get upset because of something.
Example: After Susan’s basketball team lost, she got all bent out of shape.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

To Bite Off your Nose to Spite your Face

When you “bite off your nose to spite your face,” you overreact to a situation and make it worse for yourself. It’s usually an action done for revenge.
Example: Linda got mad at Jackie and ignored her for years. Linda really bit off her nose to spite her face.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Wouldn’t be Caught Dead

If you “wouldn’t be caught dead” doing something, this means you would never do it.
Example: Lucas hates sports, so he wouldn’t be caught dead at a football game.

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