Level 4 idioms – Unit 01


David:  I just got a job in the bookstore, and now I’ve got a head start on saving for next term.

Grace:  What a lucky break.  I’m so happy for you.

David:  Thanks.  I’m rather proud of myself.  When I heard about the job opening, I didn’t drag my feet.  I got right over there and filled out an application.

Grace:  I don’t have time for a  job.  I have a full plate with six courses this term, and I can tell you it’s no bed of roses.

David:  It sure isn’t.  When I got the call this morning that I had the job it was music to my ears.  When tuition went up last term, my parents went through the roof.  They are trying to save for my younger sister’s education, too, so this job fits the bill.

Grace:  So far I’m okay with my scholarship, but if worse comes to worst and my marks aren’t good enough, I could lose it.

David:  If that happened, you’d be in dire straits, and you’d have to make time for a job.

Grace:  Yes.  I’d have to start pulling my own weight.

David: Don’t worry about that now.  If things change I know you can go with the flow.


rather:  very
over there:  to that place
courses:  classes over a semester
call:  phone call
tuition:  money to pay for classes
term:  semester
scholarship:  free money that pays for your education


a head start                              an earlier-than-normal start
a lucky break                            a change in one’s luck for the better
drag one’s feet                         take a long time to do something
a full plate                                 a busy schedule, a lot to do
no bed of roses                           not an easy time
music to one’s ears                  good news
go through the roof                get very upset
fit the bill                                   be everything that’s needed
if worse comes to worst          if the worst thing happens
in dire straits                            in a very bad situation
pull one’s own weight             work as hard as everyone else
• go with the flow                       easily change when the situation changes


Pull one’s own weight can be shortened to pull one’s weight.

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