Apr 4, 2016

LESSON 18 — Everyone bakes cookies

28 cards
, 48 answers
  • Bob tells his family the cookies are selling well. He asks his kids to help bake more cookies for tomorrow. Nicole says she’s too busy to lend a hand.



    BOB:       The cookies are selling like hotcakes!

    TED:       Way to go, Dad!

    BOB:       I need you kids to help out tonight with the cookies. We need another thousand by morning.

    NICOLE:       One thousand by tomorrow morning? That’s impossible!

    TED:       Amber and I will lend a hand. She’s a real night owl, so she won’t mind staying up late.

    BOB:       Nicole, we’ll need your help too.

    NICOLE:       Bake cookies the night before the elections? Nothing doing!

    TED:       Lighten up, big shot! You’re running for high school president, not President of the United States.

    NICOLE:       Ted, you really get on my nerves sometimes.

    BOB:       Okay, kids, let’s stop fooling around. We need to get the show on the road!
    1. Idiomatic vocabulary
      1. big shot — a powerful or important person

        Example
        Martin has become a real big shot in Hollywood. This year he produced several movies.
        Adam is a big shot in Silicon Valley. He started a very successful software company.

        Note: This expression can also be used in the negative sense, to mean somebody who thinks they’re very important. — Now that she’s been promoted to vice president, Beth thinks she’s such a big shot!

        1. fool around — to waste time, or spend it in a silly way

          Example
          If we keep fooling around here, we’ll be late to the restaurant!
          Stop fooling around! You’ve got lots of work to do.

          Note: This expression also can mean to have casual sexual relations. — Steve and Tanya were fooling around in the back seat of the car when a policeman knocked on the window.

          1. get on one’s nerves — to annoy or irritate someone

            Example
            My neighbor’s dog barks all night. It really gets on my nerves.
            Please stop whistling. It’s getting on my nerves!

            Synonyms: to get under someone’s skin; to bug someone (slang)

            1. get the show on the road — to start working; to begin an undertaking

              Example
              We can’t afford to waste any more time — let’s get the show on the road!
              Kids, let’s get the show on the road. We don’t want to be late for the movie!

              1. help out — to give assistance; to help

                Example
                Amber offered to help out in the kitchen by chopping nuts.
                I’d be happy to help out by baking cookies for the picnic.

                Synonym: to lend a hand

                1. lend a hand — to help

                  Example
                  When Amber saw Susan washing the cookie sheets, she offered to lend a hand.
                  Would you mind lending a hand in the garden? We need to finish planting these flowers before it starts raining.

                  1. lighten up — to stop taking things so seriously

                    Example
                    Lighten up! I’m sure Ted was only joking when he said your guitar playing gave him a headache.
                    Don always takes his job so seriously. He needs to lighten up.

                    Synonyms: Chill out! (slang); Take it easy!

                    1. night owl — a person who enjoys being active late at night

                      Example
                      Sara goes to sleep every night at 3 a.m. She’s a real night owl.
                      I never go to bed before midnight. I’m a night owl.

                      1. Nothing doing! — Not a chance!

                        Example
                        You want me to buy the Golden Gate Bridge from you for a million bucks? Nothing doing!
                        You want me to write your paper on Catherine the Great? Nothing doing!

                        Synonyms: No way! Not on your life!

                        1. sell like hotcakes — to sell fast; to be a popular item

                          Example
                          Those new Fubu blue jeans are selling like hotcakes. All the girls love them.
                          Stephen King’s new novel is selling like hotcakes.

                          1. stay up — not to go to bed; to stay awake

                            Example
                            Ted and Amber stayed up all night talking about cookies.
                            Whenever I stay up late, I regret it the next morning.

                            1. Way to go! — Good work!

                              Example
                              You won $2,000 in the poetry writing contest? Way to go!
                              That was an interesting article you wrote. Way to go!

                            2. Practice the idioms
                              1. Fill in the blank with the appropriate word.
                                1. I was really proud of my friend for winning an Olympic medal. “Way to  . . . 
                                  go
                                  !” I told her.
                                  1. go
                                  2. succeed
                                  3. do

                                2. Amber loves to cook, so she never minds lending  . . . 
                                  a hand
                                  in the kitchen.
                                  1. a hand
                                  2. her hands
                                  3. herself

                                3. Vanessa is definitely not a night  . . . 
                                  owl
                                  . She likes to be in bed by nine o’clock every night.
                                  1. bird
                                  2. hawk
                                  3. owl

                                4. After Mr. Digby was elected president of the company, he thought he was a real  . . . 
                                  big
                                  shot.
                                  1. large
                                  2. big
                                  3. huge

                                5. You’re taking everything too seriously. You need to lighten  . . . 
                                  up
                                  .
                                  1. above
                                  2. up
                                  3. down

                                6. Let’s go! We’re already late. Let’s get the show on the  . . . 
                                  road
                                  .
                                  1. street
                                  2. road
                                  3. way

                                7. When people near me whisper during a movie, it really  . . . 
                                  gets
                                  on my nerves.
                                  1. scratches
                                  2. acts
                                  3. gets

                                8. Nicole’s teacher asked her to help a new exchange student from Argentina with her English homework. Nicole was happy to help  . . . 
                                  out
                                  .
                                  1. in
                                  2. out
                                  3. around

                              2. Bonus practice
                                1. Choose the best substitute for the phrase or sentence in bold.
                                  1. You want me to drive you all the way to Toronto during this snowstorm? Nothing doing!
                                    1. No problem!
                                    2. Great idea!
                                    3. Not a chance!

                                  2. Len and Ben, college roommates, stayed up until 3 a.m. talking and drinking beer. No wonder they didn’t wake up until noon the next day!
                                    1. didn’t eat dinner
                                    2. didn’t go to bed
                                    3. went to bed

                                  3. Michael used to work the late shift at McDonald’s — from midnight to 8 a.m. He didn’t mind since he’s a night owl.
                                    1. a person who likes to stay up late
                                    2. a person who goes to sleep early
                                    3. a wise person

                                  4. The man behind me on the bus wouldn’t stop whistling. It really got on my nerves!
                                    1. relaxed me
                                    2. annoyed me
                                    3. entertained me

                                  5. Our plane leaves in just two hours. If we don’t get the show on the road, we’re going to miss it.
                                    1. get ready to go
                                    2. go into the street
                                    3. call the airline

                                  6. You want to attend Yale University? Call my friend Penny. She’s a real big shot on the admissions committee.
                                    1. a powerful person
                                    2. a big mouth
                                    3. a useless person

                                  7. Ted was fooling around with his friends when he should’ve been studying for his chemistry test.
                                    1. putting time to good use
                                    2. acting like a fool
                                    3. wasting time

                                  8. You got a big promotion at work? Way to go!
                                    1. Good job!
                                    2. Too bad!
                                    3. Sorry to hear that!

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