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BRUSH IT OFF - SHRUG IT OFF - WATER OFF A DUCK'S BACK
Sunday, July 8, 2018 4:11:14 PM
Hello to all pundits and thanks for your priceless help.
What is/are the main difference/es among BRUSH IT OFF - SHRUG IT OFF - WATER OFF A DUCK'S BACK and how can I use both phrasal verbs and idiom correctly?
Thank you, Wagner
A CLIMBDOWN OR TO CLIMB DOWN ON/OVER
Saturday, July 7, 2018 7:46:35 PM
I was taught that the meaning of a climdown or to climb down is to admit that your position is wrong, as in, "The minister had to climb down when the economic statistics came out".
And that both noun and phrasal verb have a particular use, as follows:
1. A climbdown on (singular + specific);
2. A climbdown over (plural + non specific).
To my dismay I can't find sentences in which both rules apply.
Do these rules actually exist? And if they do, how can I correctly put them into use?
Thank you very much for your help.
Phrasal Verb: Pass Off
Thursday, April 14, 2016 1:24:49 PM
Firstly, I looked up the meaning at The Free Dictionary, which basically is: to present (oneself) as other than what one is, as in, He tried to pass himself off as a banker.
Now, have a look at the sentence:
I passed it off as just in keeping with her total disconcerting air. (lyrics to Diary - Song by Bread)
In this instance what does pass off mean?
Thank you very much,
Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 7:18:44 AM
It couldn't get any blunter or truer.
I couldn't agree more.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 7:13:00 AM
"I pluck up the good
herbs of sentences by pruning, eat them by reading, digest them by musing, and lay them up at length in the high seat of memory."
Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 9:33:26 AM
Excerpt from Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life. Book 2, Old and young, Volume 1 by George Eliot.
Her pupils were at once her salvation and her despair. They gave her the means of supporting life, but they made life hardly...
Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:36:59 AM
That's a paradox quote filled with wit and wisdom.
Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:16:41 AM
in his youth, Mr. Pattenson no longer ran Cross Country - instead he's retired but he coaches the local high school Cross Country team."
One does not jump, and spring, and shout hurrah! at hearing one has got a fortune, one begins to consider responsibilities,...
Friday, May 29, 2015 8:50:19 AM
This a sure quote from the magnificient novel Jane Eyre.
What a book!
Friday, May 29, 2015 8:43:04 AM
Try not to
when the ball is thrown at you.
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