a piece of cake idiom something that is very easy Getting there is a piece of cake--it's just a 10-minute walk.
a rotten apple idiom someone who is dishonest and has a bad effect on others It only takes one rotten apple to give the whole industry a bad name.
a smart cookie idiom someone who is intelligent and confident Fumihito is a smart cookie; it won't take him long to learn the new program.
beef something up phr. v. to improve something, especially to make it stronger or more interesting After a number of bank robberies, we decided to beef up security.
butter someone up phr. v. say nice things so someone will do what you want You really need her help, so butter her up and she may agree to give you a hand.
go bananas idiom INFORMAL to become very angry or excited He'll go bananas if you forget his birthday again.
have egg on your face idiom to be embarrassed or seem stupid because of something you did or said She has egg on her face after what she said at the press conference.
pie in the sky idiom an idea or plan that you think will never happen The city's plans for a new stadium are just pie in the sky.
small potatoes idiom something that is not very important Her little business was small potatoes compared to Kalgoorie's huge corporation.
sour grapes idiom a bad attitude that makes people criticize what they can't have She said Bob shouldn't have gotten a raise, but that was just sour grapes because the boss didn't give her one.
ask someone out 約人出去
phr. v. to ask someone to go to a restaurant, film, etc with you, especially because you want to start a romantic relationship with them He wanted to ask her out, but he was too shy.
be in a serious relationship 關係穩定
collocation to be in a romantic relationship that is meant to continue for a long time I don't think they're in a serious relationship. They've only been dating for a month.
be on the rebound 失戀
collocation to be upset or confused because a romantic relationship you had has ended When you're on the rebound, it's easy to make bad decisions, so be careful!
be seeing somebody 愛著某人
collocation to be having a romantic relationship with someone Is Padam still seeing Margo?
fix somebody up 安排做媒
phr. v. INFORMAL to provide a suitable partner for someone to meet in a romantic way or have a romantic relationship with If you want, I can fix you up with a date for the party.
go on a blind date 不知道對方長什麼樣的見面 (網戀…)
collocation to have an arranged meeting between a man and a woman who have not met each other before I went on a blind date, and I was pretty nervous about going out with someone I hadn't even met.
have a crush on somebody 一見鍾情
collocation to have a feeling of romantic love for someone, especially for someone you do not know very well, used especially about feelings that teenagers have I had a terrible crush on Mel Gibson when I was in high school.
play hard to get 欲拒還迎/以退為進
idiom to try to make it difficult for someone to have a romantic relationship with you Mary seems unfriendly, but she's just playing hard to get.
play the field 腳踏很多船
idiom to have many different romantic relationships Renato gave up playing the field when he finally decided to get married.
split up 分手
phr. v. if two people split up, they end their romantic relationship or marriage Glenda and Keith were always arguing, so they finally decided to split up.
clear a debt collocation to get rid of a debt by paying all the money you owe You'll need to clear your debt before we can loan you any more money.
clear a space collocation to move things so there is room for something else Before you put those books down, let me clear a space on the desk.
clear someone's name collocation to show that a person is not guilty of something Marthe worked hard to clear her father's name.
clear something with someone collocation to get official permission for something to be done The ambassador cleared it with the State Department before making the announcement that he was leaving the country.
clear the air idiom to do something in order to end an argument or bad situation Fernando tried to clear the air by asking Marlise why she was angry.
clear the decks idiom to get ready to start doing something new, by finishing work, dealing with problems, or clearing things away Shu decided to clear the decks of old projects before going on to something new.
clear the table collocation to take off the used plates, forks, etc., after you have eaten Nguyen and I will clear the table if you help with the dishes.
clear the way collocation make it possible for something to happen Their phone conversation cleared the way for the contract.
clear your head collocation to stop worrying or thinking about something When I'm studying for a test, I sometimes go for a walk to clear my head.
clear your throat collocation to cough in order to speak with a clear voice The speaker took a drink of water and cleared her throat before continuing.









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