Level 3 idioms – Unit 04


Pat:  Hi Yumi.  Your office looks like a hurricane hit it.  What’s going on?

Yumi:  I’ve got to make way for a new computer work center I just bought, which means that I have to take apart this old center so I can move it out of here.

Pat:  I’ve got to hand it to you.  I didn’t think you’d ever get this business off the ground.  It seemed like such pie in the sky, but your hard work has paid off.

Yumi:  I’d never pat myself on the back, but thanks for saying that.  When I first started, there were a lot of problems I had to iron out, but now everything is running smoothly, and I’m having the time of my life.  I actually look forward to getting up every morning and coming to work.

Pat:  I wish I could say the same thing, but I don’t enjoy my job very much.  I do the same thing day in and day out, and I’m getting fed up with it.  I’m just not cut out for that type of work.

Yumi:  It sounds like things are coming to a head.  Do you think you might quit?

Pat:  I don’t know.  We’ll see.


hurricane:  very fast wind and rain that destroys things
running:  operating
look forward to:  expect something good in the future


make way                                          make space for
take apart                                          separate into pieces
hand it to (someone)                  congratulate (someone)
get off the ground                        start to be successful
pie in the sky                                    an unachievable goal
pay off                                                  result in success / pay completely
pat oneself on the back             congratulate (oneself)
iron out                                                solve (a problem)
have the time of one’s life        have an outstanding experience
day in and day out                         all the time, continuously
not cut out for (something)     not have the talent or desire (to do something)
come to a head                                reach a critical point


Pay off has 2 meanings.  The other meaning is “pay completely.”
Example:  We’re celebrating tonight because we just paid off our Visa card.

Not cut out for can also be not cut out to be if it is followed by a trade or profession.
Example:  Jerry is not cut out to be a lab technician.  He’s too clumsy.

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