Level 4 idioms – Unit 03


Omar:  Yesterday I took the stairs up to my office because the elevator wasn’t working.  By the time I reached the fifth floor, I was out of breath.  It was a real wake-up call for me.  I know I need to start doing something about it.

Sydney:  I’m glad to hear that.  Exercise goes hand in hand with good health, so you should start an exercise program.  I have, and I feel great.

Omar:  It’s been a long time since I set foot in a gym.  I spend most of my time sitting, and we all know that’s a recipe for disaster.

Sydney: I’m glad you’ve come to your senses.  You know, if you get in shape, it’s like getting a new lease on life.  All aspects of your life will get better.

Omar: I’m glad to hear that because my business is starting to weigh me down.  Okay, what would you suggest that I do?  I don’t have a lot of free time because I work around the clock.

Sydney: I’m usually pressed for time too, so I go to the gym three times a week in the mornings for half an hour before work.

Omar: That sounds doable.  I’ve been taking my health for granted for too long.

Sydney:  I’m glad you’ve finally come to your senses.


aspects:  areas, parts
doable:  something you can do


out of breath                                                   breathing too fast
wake-up call                                                a scary experience that says something is wrong
go hand in hand                                             go together
set foot in                                                          enter
a recipe for disaster                                   something that will cause a very bad result
come to one’s senses                                 understand what the right thing to do is
in shape                                                             with a body that is strong and healthy
a new lease on life                                       a feeling of starting over as a new person
weigh (someone) down                            make (someone) feel like there’s too much work
work around the clock                              work all day and night
pressed for time                                            don’t have enough time
take (something/one) for granted     think that (something/one) will always be there


a wake-up call is the same as an eyeopener

in shape and in good shape are the same.  The opposite is out of shape or in bad shape.  Example:  Because he doesn’t get much exercise, he’s out of shape.

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