= Easy English =
ESSENTIAL ENGLISH IDIOMS
= Easy English = 1
to eat in/to eat out: to eat at home/to eat in a restaurant
I feel too tired to go out for dinner. Let’s eat in again tonight.
• When you eat out, what restaurant do you generally go to?
cut and dried: predictable, known beforehand; boring
• The results of the national election were rather cut and dried; the Republicans won easily.
• A job on a factory assembly line is certainly cut and dried.
to look after: to watch, to supervise, to protect (also: to take care of, to keep an eye on)
• Grandma will look after the baby while we go to the lecture.
• Who is going to take care of your house plants while you are away?
I’d appreciate it if you’d keep an eye on my car while I’m in the store.
to feel like: to have the desire to, to want to consider
This idiom is usually followed by a gerund (the -ing form of a verb used as a noun).
I don’t feel like studying tonight. Let’s go to a basketball game.
I feel like taking a long walk. Would you like to go with me?
once and for all: finally, absolutely
• My daughter told her boyfriend once and for all that she wouldn’t date him anymore.
• Once and for all, John has quit smoking cigarettes.
to hear from: to receive news or information from
To hear from is used for receiving a letter, telephone call, etc., from a person or organization.
I don’t hear from my brother very often since he moved to Chicago.
• Have you heard from the company about that new job?
to hear of: to know about, to be familiar with; to consider (The second definition is always used in the
• When I asked for directions to Mill Street, the police officer said that she had never heard of it.
• Byron strongly disagreed with my request by saying, «I won’t hear of if!»