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The Borneo Post - Good English - - Short Story Section -

a bolt from the blue used to de­scribe some­thing which hap­pens sud­denly and un­ex­pect­edly: The clos­ing down of the company came as a bolt from the blue to the em­ploy­ees. un­der a cloud to be sus­pected of hav­ing done some­thing wrong: The whole class is un­der a cloud un­til the per­son who stole the phone con­fesses. my ears are burn­ing an ex­pres­sion used to in­di­cate that you think that some­one is talk­ing about you: When I went into the room ev­ery­one sud­denly stopped talk­ing and looked at me; my ears were def­i­nitely burn­ing! femme, cherchez la femme a French ex­pres­sion, mean­ing ‘find the woman’, which has been adopted into English to in­di­cate that there is a woman in­volved in some way. Bob has sud­denly de­cided to go and work in the ri­val company and ev­ery­one is sug­gest­ing that it is a case of charchez la femme. the groves of academe univer­sity or col­lege life; sounds very for­mal but some­times used in fairly in­for­mal, even hu­mor­ous, con­texts: Ap­par­ently, Tony has grown weary of the groves of academe and de­cided to ac­cept a very high­ly­paid post in in­dus­try.

Al­ter­na­tives the aca­demic world, univer­sity life: Mary is very stu­dious and seems well suited to a ca­reer in the aca­demic world. your guess is a good as mine used to em­pha­sise a lack of knowl­edge or in­for­ma­tion in con­nec­tion with a sit­u­a­tion; used in in­for­mal con­texts: Your guess is as good as mine; I’ve no idea why Jane sud­denly de­cided to move out of the apart­ment. af­fairs of the heart mat­ters re­lat­ing to love or ro­mance: John is a very clever sci­en­tist, but when it comes to af­fairs of the heart he can be re­mark­ably naive. the plot thick­ens used to in­di­cate that a sit­u­a­tion is be­com­ing more in­volved and more dra­matic; of­ten used in fairly hu­mor­ous sit­u­a­tions: We all thought that Dick was go­ing to the col­lege dance with Sally, but she is go­ing with Dave and Dick is go­ing with Dave’s ex-girl­friend; the plot thick­ens! quite the re­verse used to in­di­cate that the op­po­site of what was just been stated is the case: Sam did not crit­i­cise what Joan did - quite the re­verse; he praised her ac­tion.

Down Un­der Aus­tralia or New Zealand; used in in­for­mal con­texts: Harry went back­pack­ing Down Un­der and liked Syd­ney so much that he de­cided to get a job there. wait and see used to try to en­cour­age pa­tience in some­one, in­di­cat­ing that they will find out about some­thing later: They haven’t an­nounced the name of the new di­rec­tor yet; you’ll just have to wait and see. climb­ing the walls to be ex­tremely bored and full of pent-up en­ergy: Ge­orge loves his job as a truck driver; he’ll start climb­ing the walls if you give him an ad­min­is­tra­tive job and make him sit be­hind a desk all day

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