Level 3 idioms – Unit 06
Judy: Hey Lana, you’ll never guess what I heard through the grapevine.
Lana: Tell me!
Judy: Do you want the long version, or should I tell it in a nutshell?
Lana: I want all the juicy details.
Judy: Well, Tina has been keeping everyone in the dark, including Tom. It turns out she’s been cheating on him — with her fitness coach!
Lana: No way! Really?
Judy: Yes. When I heard the news, I called Tom on his cell phone and heard firsthand that he moved out last month. He told me he had been feeling so good about everything, so Tina’s confession came from out of the blue.
Lana: Well now that the cat’s out of the bag, everyone’s going to have to take sides, you know. Personally, I’m on her side. First of all, she’s my oldest friend, and secondly, Tom is a really dull guy. He never wanted to do the things she liked. I guess it was only a matter of time before she wanted more out of life. I can’t hold that against her.
Judy: You know, I just may ask him out. Good husbands are hard to come by.
version: the story according to someone
juicy: fascinating, intriguing
confession: admitting that she had a lover
personally: what’s true for me
dull: boring, unexciting
• hear through the grapevine hear indirectly through other people
• in a nutshell in a very few words
• in the dark not knowing
• cheat on (someone) betray one’s spouse by making love to someone else
• no way that’s not possible
• hear firsthand (from) hear directly (from someone involved)
• from out of the blue without warning, unexpectedly
• the cat is out of the bag something is no longer a secre
• take (or choose) sides support one person or group in an argument or break-up
• a matter of time definitely going to happen in the future
• hold that (or it) against (someone) not forgive (someone)
• hard to come by difficult to get
From out of the blue can also be out of the blue. Example: Out of the blue he told her that he loved her.
The cat is out of the bag is similar to (someone) let the cat out of the bag, but the first one is a condition and the second is an action implying that the person who told the secret should not have done so. Example: Peter was wrong to let the cat out of the bag so soon.
Take sides and choose sides have the same meaning.
Hold that against (someone) and hold it against (someone) have the same meaning.
© 2004 Ambien Malecot
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