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More Speak English Like an American Lesson 13 Idioms and Expressions MCQ Test

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Lesson 13: Mark and Sara Fly to China


Mark and Sara are flying to Beijing to research Fu Dong Foods and the Chinese food market. Mark tries to speak with Sara on the plane, but she’s still angry with him. He explains why he was with another woman in the restaurant, but Sara doesn’t like his excuse.

Mark: I see you’re reading Let’s Speak Chinese. Boning up on your Chinese for the trip?

Sara: None of your business.

Mark: Somebody woke up on the wrong side of the bed!

Sara: I’m still ticked off at you.

Mark: Well, I hope we can clear the air. Otherwise, it’s going to be a long week!

Sara: Okay, come clean. Who was that woman in the restaurant?

Mark: That woman was my ex-girlfriend. She had inside information on Grand Foods. When Ron found out, he told me to get the information.

Sara: Even if it meant getting back together with her?

Mark: I wasn’t planning on getting back together with her. I was just pumping her for information.

Sara: How could you stoop so low?

Mark: Ron demanded the information. He said the company would fail without it.

Sara: Don’t try to pin this on Ron.

Mark: Why not? This is all Ron’s fault!

Sara: This whole experience has been an eye-opener. You and I are not on the same wavelength.

Mark: Give me another chance.

Sara: I’m going back to my Chinese lessons now.


  • (to) bone up on

 to study quickly, usually just before the information is needed

Example: Before the debate, all of the presidential candidates were busy boning up on the issues.

  • None of your business

 That is not your concern

Example: When Tanya’s ex-husband asked her if she was dating anybody, she replied, “None of your business.”

  • (to) wake up on the wrong side of the bed

 to feel annoyed; to be in a bad mood

Example: “Glen screamed at me when I walked into his office to ask a question!” – “He must’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed.”

  • ticked off at

 angry at

Example: I hope you’re not ticked off at me for forgetting to invite you to my party.

  • (to) clear the air

 to make bad feelings go away; to settle an issue that is causing tension between people

Example: Jay’s wife is angry at him for forgetting to pick up their son from school, but he hopes he’ll be able to clear the air.

  • (to) come clean

 to talk openly; to admit everything

Example: The mayor should come clean and admit that he bought a new car for his wife with taxpayers’ money.

  • inside information

 private information; information known only to those working inside a company or closely associated with a company

Example: My boss’s laptop was stolen, and it had lots of inside information about our company’s strategic plans on it. What a nightmare!

  • (to) get back together

 to restart a romantic relationship

Example: Ken and Nancy got divorced two years ago, but lately they’ve been talking about getting back together.

  • (to) pump someone for information

 to get secret information from someone

Example: As a producer at HBO, Sharon already knows how the popular TV series will end. Her friends are trying to pump her for information.

  • (to) stoop so low

 to behave poorly; to behave in an unethical or undignified way

Example: Our biggest competitor was caught going through our company’s trash bins. How could they stoop so low?
Example: I can’t believe Seth was cheating on his wife with her best friend. How could he stoop so low?

  • (to) pin something on someone

 to shift the blame to someone or something else

Example: When the high school football team lost the game, the players pinned the loss on their coach.

  • eye-opener

 an experience or activity that makes one realize what is really going on

Example: Working as an intern in the White House was an eye-opener for Joy. She learned how politics really works in Washington.

  • on the same wavelength

 in agreement; able to understand one another; compatible

Example: “How was your date with the guy you met online?” – “He was a nice guy, but talking to him was difficult. I don’t think we were on the same wavelength.”

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