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What did you get up to at the weekend?

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Idiom: to get up to

Means: to do

Use: to ask about activities

Circumstances: Usually used to ask about the things someone did in a time period – at the weekend, at work today

Note: The subject is nearly always a person or group of people. This form is mainly used in questions. When replying to the question it is common to list the things you did – often using the simple past and adding your opinion as to how much you liked or disliked what you did.

A negative reply is possible and ‘much’ can be used: ‘I didn’t get up to much.’

Some examples:

A) What did you get up to at the weekend? B) We went skiing in the mountains. Had a great time too.

A) What did they get up to on holiday? B) Sounds as though they had a terrible time. It rained the whole two weeks.

Your turn:

Think about some people you know:

Ask yourself this question: What did (Person) get up to at the weekend? eg What did Mario get up to at the weekend?
You could write the replies. Then think of another four people you could ask.

Advanced usage: I hope to be getting up to a lot this weekend. We’ve got some friends coming to stay.

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December 6, 2006 at 2:42 pm 4 comments

I have got a lot on at the moment.

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Idiom: to have a lot on

Means: to be very busy, to have lots to do

Use: to refer busy periods, parts of the day or month, etc

Circumstances: To indicate that someone is busy at this time

Note: The subject is nearly always a person or group of people, often used with ‘at the moment.’   A negative form is possible and ‘not much’ can be used: ‘I haven’t got much/a lot on at the moment’

Some examples:

I’m sorry, I can’t come on Tuesday. I’ve got a lot on that day. How about Wednesday?

James hasn’t got much on at the moment. He is waiting for the new project to start.

Your turn:

Think about some people you know:

(name of person) is has got a lot on. He’s (what – verb)+(when)
Think of another four examples.

When someone says he/she has a lot on, be patient with them!
I haven’t got much on at the moment. July is always a quiet time for me.

July 20, 2006 at 12:05 pm 1 comment

I have got a lot in the pipeline.

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Idiom: to be in the pipeline, to have (got) something in the pipeline

Means: being prepared, being worked on but not ready yet

Use: A business idiom used to refer to projects or plans for events or things that are not ready yet
Circumstances: To indicate that you have plans or are planning something
Note: When used with ‘to be’ – the expression is often a confirmation ‘Yes, it is in the pipeline’. ‘It’ refers to the thing being prepared which was mentioned by the person asking a question.

Some examples:

We have lots of interesting products in the pipeline. At least one will be launched this winter.

Are you going to add a small business consultancy service? – Yes, it’s in the pipeline. We will make an announcement shortly.
Your turn:

Think about your company or the government’s plans:

(name of company/the government) has lots of plans in the pipeline. It’s going to (what)+(when)
Think of another four examples.

This blog has many more examples of idioms in the pipeline!

July 20, 2006 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

You are dead right! Idioms are difficult.

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Idiom: to be dead right

Means: 100% correct

Use: to agree with people.

Circumstances: Informal. Used in meetings, discussions and general conversation

Note: the opposite of dead right can be dead wrong

Some examples:

You are dead right about his idea. It just will not work.

He is dead right. Our products are not competitive.

Your turn:

Think about situations.

(name of person) is dead right about………….. Explain why.
Think of another four examples.

You cannot be dead right all the time!

June 13, 2006 at 11:41 am 4 comments

Is your head in the clouds?

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Idiom: someone's head is in the clouds

Means: a person is always having unrealisitic ideas and thoughts

Use: to refer to people's characters

Circumstances: It is not a compliment and is used when you talk about someone you know

Note: the opposite of down to earth Often used with 'have' – to have your head in the clouds.

Some examples:

John's head is in the clouds again. He's talking about winning the lottery.
Tom has his head in the clouds. The client will never accept Tom's proposal.

Your turn:

Think about some people you know and complete this sentence:

(name of person) head is in the clouds. Explain why.
Think of another four examples.

It's is better to be down to earth than to have your head in the clouds!

June 6, 2006 at 12:03 pm 11 comments

Are you down to earth?

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Idiom: to be down to earth

Means: to be balanced and reasonable

Use: to refer to people's characters

Circumstances: It is often a compliment used when you talk about someone you know

Note: Often used with 'very'. Can be used as an adjective – She's a very down to earth person.

Some examples:

Let's speak to Sally about this. She is very down to earth, so she will give us a good answer.

Tom is not very down to earth. He's always having silly ideas.

Your turn:

Think about some people you know and complete this sentence:

(name of person) is (not) very down to earth.

Think of another four examples.

It's is better to be down to earth than to have your head in the clouds!

June 6, 2006 at 8:40 am 2 comments

I’m in your good books

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Idiom: to be in someone's good/bad books

Means: to be popular or unpopular with someone

Use: to refer to temporary situations

Circumstances: Someone or you has done something good or bad. This makes another person feel good or bad about you.

Note: Often used with 'at the moment'

Some examples:

I'm in my wife's good books at the moment. I bought her a new car last Saturday. It's a sports car and she has always wanted something sporty.

Jim's in the boss's bad books at the moment. He lost one of the company's most important clients.

Your turn:

Think about you and complete this sentence:

I'm in _________'s (name of a person) good/bad books at the moment because I ______

Think of another four examples.

Now complete this:

(name of a person) is in my good/bad books at the moment. He/she _________________

Think of another four examples.

Now, if you want, use the comments system to write some of your own examples and I'll tell you if they are OK or not.

I hope I'm in your good books now!

June 6, 2006 at 8:14 am 5 comments


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