Level 2 idioms – Unit 09
Shirley: Hi, Juan. Do you mind if I sit here?
Juan: Be my guest. It’s a free country.
Shirley: Would you rather I leave you alone?
Juan: No, no. I have to kill time anyway before my dentist appointment. I hate to bring this up, but I don’t think I’ve forgiven you for standing me up that time you asked me over. Where did you go, and why didn’t you call me?
Shirley: Actually, that’s the reason I wanted to talk to you in person. Do you remember when I told you about Stan, my old boyfriend?
Juan: Yes, I remember. I thought you were over him? How is old Stanley anyway?
Shirley: It’s not Stanley. Stan is short for Stanton, remember? He came back last week, and we got back together again. That’s why I haven’t phoned you.
Juan: Well isn’t that just fine! I guess I can rule out a relationship between us now. Is there anything I can say to change your mind?
Shirley: No Juan, save your breath. I’ve made up my mind. Stan is the one for me.
Juan: Well, I hope you two will be very happy together.
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forgiven: stopped being angry
• be my guest do what you want without getting permission
• leave (someone/something) alone don’t disturb
• kill time spend time waiting
• bring up introduce (a topic) / raise (a child)
• stand (someone) up cancel a date without telling the other person
• ask (someone) over invite (someone) to one’s home
• in person in front of one another
• be over (someone) no longer love (someone)
• short for a shorter name (nickname) for
• rule out eliminate as a possibility
• save one’s breath saying anything will have no effect
• make up one’s mind decide
Be my guest and feel free are similar in meaning, but be my guest is used alone. Feel free can be used alone or with an infinitive phrase. Example: Feel free to eat what you want in the kitchen.
kill time and have time to kill have similar meanings, but have time to kill means “have extra time.” Example: I have time to kill before my interview. Do you want to go for coffee?
Bring up has 2 meanings: The other meaning is “raise (a child).” Example: I was brought up in Riverside, California..
In person and face to face have the same meaning.
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