Apr 4, 2016

LESSON 23 — Bob has a surprise visitor

26 cards
, 24 answers
  • Bob’s former boss Peter, from the furniture store, comes to visit. He offers Bob his old job back, but Bob’s not interested.



    PETER:       Hi Bob. I was just in the neighborhood so I thought I’d stop by.

    BOB:       Come on in. Take a cookie.

    PETER:       Thanks. I’m glad to see you’re not holding a grudge against me for firing you.

    BOB:       Not at all. At first, it burned me up. But I feel better now.

    PETER:       Good. I’m glad you have no hard feelings. How would you like your old job back?

    BOB:       What happened to your wonderful new manager?

    PETER:       She drank at work. By five o’clock, she’d be lying under a dining room table, three sheets to the wind. Yesterday, I finally got rid of her.

    BOB:       Let me get this straight. You replaced me with some crazy woman who got plastered every day on the job?

    PETER:       Yeah, I lost my head.

    BOB:       I don’t think you lost your head. I just think you’ve got rocks in your head!

    PETER:       Bob, I’m trying to level with you. I never should’ve let you go.

    BOB:       No use crying over spilt milk.

    PETER:       So you’ll come back and work for me?

    BOB:       Not on your life! Susan and I are very well off now. We just sold our new company for a small fortune!
    1. Idiomatic vocabulary
      1. at first — in the beginning

        Example
        Nicole didn’t like Don Quixote at first, but after 200 pages she started to get into it.
        Don’t get discouraged if you don’t succeed at first. The important thing is that you keep on trying!

        1. burn someone up — to make someone angry

          Example
          Jenny didn’t vote for Nicole. That really burns Nicole up.
          I can’t believe Kristen and Andrew didn’t invite us to their wedding. That really burns me up!

          1. come on in — enter

            Example
            Come on in, the door’s open!
            If nobody answers the door when you ring tonight, just come on in.

            Note: This is a more conversational way of saying “come in.”

            1. get plastered (slang) — to get drunk

              Example
              Harold got plastered at the wedding and fell into the wedding cake.
              That’s your fifth martini. What are you trying to do, get plastered?

              Synonyms: to get loaded (slang); to get sloshed (slang)

              1. get rid of — to free oneself of; to throw out

                Example
                We finally got rid of our spider problem, but now we have ants.
                I’ve got too many old magazines and newspapers in my office. I need to get rid of some of them.

                1. get something straight — to clarify; to understand

                  Example
                  Are you sure you got the directions straight?
                  Let me get this straight — you’re leaving your husband?

                  1. hold a grudge against someone — to stay angry with someone about a past offense

                    Example
                    Nicole holds a grudge against Jenny for voting for Andrea instead of her.
                    Julia held a grudge against her boyfriend for not bringing her flowers on Valentine’s Day.

                    1. let someone go — to fire; dismiss employees

                      Example
                      The investment bank let Chris go after they discovering he was stealing erasers, paper clips, and other office supplies.
                      The Xerxes Corporation was doing so poorly, they had to let many workers go earlier this year.

                      1. level with someone — to speak openly and honestly with someone

                        Example
                        Let me level with you. I’m voting for Andrea instead of you.
                        I have a feeling you’re not telling me the whole truth. Please just level with me.

                        1. lose one’s head — to lose control of one’s behavior; to not know what one is doing

                          Example
                          Nicole lost her head after losing the elections and started yelling at all her friends.
                          Remember to stay calm before the judge. Don’t get nervous and lose your head!

                          1. no hard feelings — no anger; no bitterness

                            Example
                            After the elections, Andrea said to Nicole, “I hope there are no hard feelings.”
                            I know you were disappointed that I beat you in the golf tournament, but I hope there are no hard feelings.

                            1. no use crying over spilt milk — there’s no point in regretting something that’s too late to change

                              Example
                              Nicole realized she’d made some mistakes with her campaign for president, but there was no use crying over spilt milk.
                              Your bike was ruined in an accident? There’s no use crying over spilt milk. You’ll just have to buy a new one.

                              1. Not on your life! — definitely not

                                Example
                                You want me to sit in that sauna for an hour? Not on your life!
                                Thanks for offering me a job in Siberia. Am I going to take it? Not on your life!

                                1. on the job — at work

                                  Example
                                  Jennifer has four men on the job painting her house.
                                  Dan got fired for drinking on the job.

                                  1. small fortune — a good amount of money

                                    Example
                                    When her great aunt died, Anne inherited a small fortune.
                                    You won $25,000 in the lottery? That’s a small fortune!

                                    1. stop by — to pay a quick visit

                                      Example
                                      I’m having some friends over for pizza tomorrow night. Why don’t you stop by?
                                      Stop by my office on your way home tonight

                                      1. three sheets to the wind — drunk

                                        Example
                                        After drinking four beers, Bob was three sheets to the wind.
                                        Somebody needs to make sure Greg gets home safely. He’s three sheets to the wind.

                                        Synonyms: wasted (slang); liquored up (slang); dead drunk

                                        1. well off — wealthy; financially secure

                                          Example
                                          Betsy’s grandfather used to be very well off, but he lost most of his fortune when the U.S. stock market crashed in 1929.
                                          Debbie is a doctor and her husband is a lawyer. They’re quite well off.

                                        2. Practice the idioms
                                          1. Choose the best substitute for the phrase or sentence in bold.
                                            1. Nicole was very angry that she lost the election. Her mother told her there was no use crying over spilt milk.
                                              1. she should think about all the mistakes she made
                                              2. there was no point in feeling bad about what can’t be changed
                                              3. maybe she could still change the results

                                            2. Many people have died while climbing Mount Everest. Would I like to try it? Not on your life!
                                              1. No way!
                                              2. Yes, definitely
                                              3. Not if it means you’ll be risking your life!

                                            3. When Carol told Bob she could no longer sell Susan’s Scrumptious Cookies, it really burned him up.
                                              1. made him feel happy
                                              2. made him very angry
                                              3. made him feel sick

                                            4. Sara, I’m going to have to let you go. You come to work late every day and spend all day chatting with your friends.
                                              1. yell at you
                                              2. fire you
                                              3. give you more vacation time

                                            5. One day, Nicole woke up with big red spots on her face. She didn’t know how to get rid of them.
                                              1. make more of
                                              2. encourage
                                              3. remove

                                            6. Thanks for coming to my party. Come on in!
                                              1. Enter!
                                              2. Go away!
                                              3. See you later!

                                            7. Susan was three sheets to the wind. Bob told her not to drink any more piña coladas.
                                              1. very thirsty
                                              2. really drunk
                                              3. feeling very tired

                                            8. Now that Bob is well off, he definitely won’t be taking a job at McDonald’s.
                                              1. feeling well
                                              2. secure financially
                                              3. employed

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