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More Speak English Like an American Lesson 2 Idioms and Expressions MCQ Test

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Lesson 2: Mark Discusses His Regrets


Mark regrets telling Ron that his ex-girlfriend Cindy was the source of his information. He doesn’t want to call Cindy back because he’s afraid she’ll think he wants to date her again. Steve tells him he’ll need to call her anyway.

Steve: What’s wrong.

Mark: I’m kicking myself for telling Ron about my ex-girlfriend. He’s on my case. He wants me to call her for more information.

Steve: What’s the big deal?

Mark: She’s off her rocker, and I think she still has the hots for me. I don’t want to open a can of worms!

Steve: So she’s got a few screws loose! It couldn’t be that bad.

Mark: It is. She’s a control freak, too.

Steve: If I were you, I’d just call her. Suck it up!

Mark: I’m afraid it’s a recipe for disaster. If I call her, she may think I want to get back together.

Steve: well, Ron is not going to let you off the hook. He wants more information.

Mark: I’m in a no-win situation. If I don’t call her, Ron will keep breathing down my neck. If I do caller, I’ll have to talk to her!


  • (to) kick oneself

 to regret something

Example: Sue is kicking herself for quitting her job before finding a new one. Now she’s got no money and can’t get any interviews.

  • on someone’s case

 bothering or nagging somebody to do something

Example: Ted complained that his mother was always on his case about doing his homework.

  • What’s the big deal?

 What’s the problem? What are you worried about?

Example: “So Diane’s decided to leave the company. What’s the big deal?” – “She’s one of our top employees!”

  • off one’s rocker


Example: When Briney Spears shaved her head, some people thought she was off her rocker.

  • (to) have the hots for someone

 to have romantic feelings for someone

Example: Gary has the hots for you. Didn’t you see how he was starting at you during the meeting?

  • (to) open a can of worms

 to do something that will lead to problems later

Example: We’d like to let you work from home, but it would just open a can of worms. Everybody would want to work from home.

  • (to) have a few screws loose

 to be crazy

Example: Nick met a woman on the Internet, and she showed up in a wedding dress on their first date! He realized she must have a few screws loose.

  • control freak

 a person who wants to control everything

Example: “You moved the chairs around in the conference room without asking me first?” – “Yes, I did. I didn’t realize you were such a control freak!”

  • (to) suck it up

 to deal with something unpleasant; to endure something without complaining

Example: I know you don’t like your roommate, but the school year is almost over. Suck it up for another couple of months.

  • recipe for disaster

 something which is likely to cause trouble; a bad idea or plan

Example: Emily put the time and place of her next party on for everybody to see? That’s a recipe for disaster!

  • (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) let someone off the hook

 to free someone from a duty or obligation; to forgive someone for not doing a duty

Example: You’re too busy to walk the dog today? Okay, I’ll do it today, but I’m not letting you off the hook for tomorrow.

  • no-win situation

 a situation where all options are unpleasant

Example: I’m in a no-win situation. If I promote Rachel, then Bill will be angry. If I promote Bill, then Rachel will leave the company.

  • (to) breathe down someone’s neck

 to watch over someone very closely in a way that makes them uncomfortable or pressures them to do something

Example: I promised my boss I’d finish the report by Friday. Hopefully, he won’t be breathing down my neck all week.

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