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Time for elevenses

Gemma: I haven’t started work so early in weeks.

Meryl: Yes, it’s only a quar­ter to ten and we’ve been at it for al­most four hours.

Gemma: Time for elevenses be­fore we die of hunger and thirst.

Meryl: Great idea. I’ll pop out and get some dough­nuts.

Gemma: And I’ll put the ket­tle on.

Meryl: Oh yes, I’m just dy­ing for a cup of tea. Ex­pla­na­tion: Elevenses is a short break when you have a cup of tea or cof­fee, and some­times bis­cuits, at around eleven o’clock in the morn­ing.

Set straight

Roy: It sounds like they’re tear­ing the walls down up there.

Martin: I think they are, lit­er­ally. It sounds like they’re ren­o­vat­ing.

Roy: That’s all fine and good, but can’t they do it dur­ing de­cent hours?

Martin: They don’t re­alise that not ev­ery­one gets up be­fore the crack of dawn.

Roy: And to­day’s Sun­day! I’m go­ing up there to set them straight.

Martin: Be nice! Don’t make any en­e­mies! Ex­pla­na­tion: Put/set some­one straight - to make cer­tain that some­one knows the real facts about a sit­u­a­tion

Ex­am­ple: Don’t worry, I’ll set him straight on this mat­ter.

Gut feel­ing

Re­becca: What’s that in your hand?

Mil­ner: My ticket to heaven.

Re­becca: Is that why you’re pray­ing?

Mil­ner: I’m say­ing a prayer for good luck.

Re­becca: I don’t think God cares about your lot­tery ticket.

Mil­ner: You just wait. I have a gut feel­ing that I’m on to some­thing big here.

Ex­pla­na­tion: Gut feel­ing - a strong be­lief about some­one or some­thing

Ex­am­ple: I have a gut feel­ing that the re­la­tion­ship won’t last.

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