Level 2 idioms – Unit 06


Alice:  Hi, Stacey.  This is a surprise!  What brings you here?

Stacey:  I haven’t seen your new apartment yet, but you haven’t returned my calls, so I thought I’d drop by.

Alice:  I’m sorry for the mess.  If I had known you were coming, I would have straightened up a little.  Since Alicia was born, I’ve been snowed under with work.  I never realized it would be so hard to take care of a baby.  It takes a lot out of me.  Listen, I’m sorry about not calling you.

Stacey:  That’s okay.  No harm done.  I’m here now.

Alice:  Let me show you around, but be quiet.  The baby’s asleep.

Stacey:  Sure.  Wow!  I love the way you set up the baby’s room.  I see you keep plenty of diapers on hand.  She must go through them quickly.

Alice:  She does.  But on the other hand she’s now sleeping through the night.  She takes after her father in that way.  He’s always been a sound sleeper.

Stacey:  By the way, did I tell you that Joe and I are getting married?  We’d both like you to take part in the ceremony as one of my bridesmaids.


diapers:  cloth or paper worn around the baby’s bottom.
sound sleeper:  someone who sleeps the whole night without waking up.
bridesmaid:  a member of the bridal party who stands near the bride during the marriage ceremony.


straighten up:                                organize, make orderly
snowed under:                               busy with too much work
take a lot out of (someone)     drain energy from (someone)
no harm done:                               no damage done
show around:                                give a tour
set up:                                                arrange / establish
on hand:                                           available
go through:                                     use completely / experience (something bad
on the other hand:                     talking about the opposite
take after :                                      resemble or have the same talent as (a relative)
by the way:                                     speaking of something else
take part (in):                              participate


Set up has 2 meanings.  The other one is “establish.”  Example:  My brother and I have decided to set up an export business together.

Go through has 2 meanings.  The other one is “experience (something bad)”  Example:  I spent four hours at customs.  I don’t want to go through that again.

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