Level 3 idioms – Unit 02


Gary:  My computer crashed, and all my work went down the drain.

Victor:  Join the club.  It’s happened to me many times.  Did you call an expert?  There’s bound to be someone who can help you.

Gary:  As a matter of fact, I tried to find someone, but real experts are few and far between.

Victor:  Well maybe my roommate can help.  He’s an old hand at computers.  I’ll give him a call.

Gary:  That would be nice.  Make a point of telling him my computer’s a Mac.

Victor:  That’s not a problem.  He’s got a Mac too.

Gary:  Also, I don’t want him to think I’m trying to take advantage of him, so it goes without saying that I’ll pay for his time.  For the time being, I think I’ll call it a day.

Victor:  Okay, and I’ll see to it that my roommate calls you soon.


crashed:  broke down
expert:  someone who knows a lot about computer
Mac:  an Apple computer


go down the drain                                    be a wasted effort
join the club                                                I and several others have had that experience
bound to                                                        certain to
as a matter of fact                                     actually, in reality
few and far between                                 infrequent, uncommon
an old hand (at)                                         very experienced (at)
make a point of (something)              emphasize (something)
take advantage of                                      use while (someone/thing) is available
it goes without saying                              it is obvious
for the time being                                      for the present
call it a day                                                    stop working for the day
see to                                                                do the necessary work


Take advantage of, when followed by a person, is a negative idea, meaning that you get something from the person and don’t give equally in return.  Example:  I took advantage of Paul and bought his guitar for only twenty dollars.  When followed by an object, however, it’s a positive idea.  Example: We’re going to take advantage of the sale and get two for the price of one.

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