Level 2 idioms – Unit 03


Jason: Hey Sean.  Sandra and I broke up, and she kicked me out of her place.  I need somewhere to stay while I look for an apartment.  Can I sleep on your couch?

Sean: Of course you can stay over for a while.  You can always count on me.

Jason: I sure can.  You’re a good friend.  You know, I never felt at ease with her.  I was always a little on edge.

Sean: Yes, I know.  I don’t mean to interfere, but I could tell that you two didn’t really get along.  I think you’re better off without her.

Jason: I’m not so sure.  I wish she’d have a heart and let me come back, but I don’t think that’ll happen.

Sean: Cheer up.  Things will get better, and in no time you’ll meet somebody new.

Jason: I guess you’re right.  I knew I could bank on you.  Maybe one of these days I’ll catch on to relationships and keep a girlfriend longer than three months.

Sean: Go easy on yourself.  Nobody understands relationships very well, including me.


broke up:  stopped being boyfriend/girlfriend
couch:  sofa
place:  home (when preceded by a possessive.)
interfere:  give advice that wasn’t asked for
better off:  better than before (idiom from unit 2)
including:  also


kick (someone) out         force (someone) to leave
stay over                               live in someone else’s home
count on                                depend on
at ease                                    calm, relaxed, not nervous
on edge                                  tense, nervous
mean to                                 intend to, plan to
get along                               have a good relationship
have a heart                        be compassionate
cheer up                                become happy
in no time                              quickly
catch on (to)                        begin to understand / become popular
go easy on (someone)    punish (someone) mildly


Count on and bank on mean the same thing.

Get along is followed by ‘with’ if there is an object.
Example:  He doesn’t get along with her.

Catch on has 2 meanings.  In the dialogue it means ‘begin to understand’ and is followed by ‘to’ if there is an object.
Example:  I never caught on to astronomy.

Catch on can also mean ‘become popular,’but is never followed by ‘to.’
Example:  Twitter has really caught on.

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