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!

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June 6, 2006 at 8:40 am 2 comments

Are you too big for your boots?

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Idiom: to be too big for your boots

Means: to be arrogant

Use: to refer to arrogant people

Circumstances: Someone is acting arrogantly and you are annoyed.

Note: Often used with 'to be getting' or 'has got'

Some examples:

That customer is getting too big for his boots. He wants everything now. Someone should tell him that is his not our only customer.

Jim has got too big for his boots. It's that promotion he got last month. He's acting like he's a king.

Your turn:

Think about some people you know and complete this sentence:

(name of person) is getting to big for his boots. – Say why or what caused this.
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 don't get too big for my boots as a result of all the great feedback you are all going to give me!

June 6, 2006 at 8:30 am 4 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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