McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Idoms and Phrasal Verbs (McGraw-Hill ESL References)

By Richard A. Spears

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With extra entries than the other reference of its variety, McGraw-Hill’s Dictionary of yankee Idioms and Phrasal Verbs indicates you the way American English is spoken this day. you'll find generic phrasal verbs, idiomatic expressions, proverbial expressions, and clichés. The dictionary comprises greater than 24,000 entries, every one outlined and via one or instance sentences. it is usually a Phrase-Finder Index with greater than 60,000 entries.

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Fig. to be seriously intoxicated with alcohol. (Alludes to the irritability of somebody who's very inebriated. ) Yeah, he’s burning with a low blue flame. He’s not only under the influence of alcohol, he’s burning with a low blue flame. burn with whatever 1. [for a hearth] to burn with a selected caliber. The construction burned with nice ferocity. the hearth burned with loads of crackling and popping. 2. [for somebody] to adventure severe and eating emotions of a selected caliber. Fred is simply burning with anger. Why is he burning with envy? burned to a cinder burned very badly. [Very frequently used figuratively. ] I stayed out within the solar too lengthy, and i'm burned to a cinder. This toast is burnt to a cinder. burned up Fig. very indignant. (From the warmth of anger. See additionally burn anyone up. ) My new assistant’s errors are so maddening! I’ve by no means been so burned up in my lifestyles. I’m fairly burned up at Bob’s habit. a burning query and the burning query Fig. a question whose solution is of significant curiosity to every body; a query that wishes a great deal to be spoke back, as a fireplace has to be extinguished. There’s a burning query that should be spoke back: Why did you permit your spouse of just one month? A burnt baby dreads the fireplace. Prov. If whatever has damage you as soon as, you steer clear of it after that. (See additionally as soon as bitten, two times shy. ) Jill: Let’s pass journey the curler coaster! Jane: No, thank you. I obtained ailing on a kind of as soon as, and a burnt baby dreads the fireplace. Ever given that Cynthia rebuffed me so rudely, I’ve kept away from asking her for something; a burnt baby dreads the hearth. burst See additionally entries at bust. burst on the seams 1. Fig. to be very complete and burst, maybe on the seams. (Alludes to whatever that will burst on the seams if overfilled. ) i'm so complete from dinner! I’m able to burst on the seams. The room used to be so complete it used to be bursting on the seams. 2. Fig. [for an individual] to pressure from maintaining in satisfaction or laughter as though one may burst. Tom approximately burst on the seams with delight. We laughed so challenging we with reference to burst on the seams. burst forth to come back forth explosively. The phrases burst forth and worried every body. The blossoms burst forth within the first hot days of the yr. burst in (on anyone or whatever) to go into a room, interrupting anyone or a few task. (Often with out knocking or looking permission to go into. ) Tom burst in on his sister and her boyfriend whereas they have been kissing. i need to askyou to not burst into my workplace back. no matter what it really is can wait. burst in ((up)on somebody or whatever) Fig. to intervene or are available in thoughtlessly and unexpectedly and interrupt a person or anything. (Upon is formal and not more commonplace than on. ) I didn’t suggest to burst in on you. She feared that somebody might burst in upon her. burst in (with whatever) to break with a few remark. Ted burst in with the good news. He burst in to inform us approximately his new vehicle. burst into flame(s) [for whatever] to trap hearth and develop into a wide hearth quick. once the flame reached the curtains, the full wall appeared to burst into flames. the 2 autos burst into flames quickly after the collision.

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