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.
© 2004 Ambien Malecot