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More Speak English Like an American Lesson 9 Idioms and Expressions MCQ Test

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Lesson 9: Monday Morning at the Office


Sara’s co-worker Angela tells Sara that she saw Mark dining with a very attractive woman at Café Felix on Saturday night. Sara is very angry to hear this news.

Angela: Sara, I don’t want to stick my nose where it doesn’t belong, but did you and Mark split up?

Sara: No. Why?

Angela: I saw him with another woman on Saturday night at Café Felix.

Sara: Are you sure it was him?

Angela: Yes, he and his date were really living it up, too. She ordered lobster, and they had a couple of bottles of wine.

Sara: That makes my blood boil!

Angela: Sorry I brought it up, but I thought you’d want to know.

Sara: What did she look like?

Angela: Tall, thin, and blonde. My boyfriend couldn’t keep his eyes off her. He thought she was eye candy.

Sara: That must have put a damper on your evening.

Angela: It sure did!

Sara: I should’ve known better than to start dating Mark.

Angela: He is known to be a ladies’ man.

Sara: I’m going to give him a piece of my mind!

Angela: Please don’t tell him I told you! He didn’t see me at the restaurant. I don’t want to get on his bad side.


  • (to) stick one’s nose where it doesn’t belong

 to interfere in someone’s business

Example: Donna asked me what Max and I discussed during out meeting. She’s always sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong!

  • (to) split up

 to end a romantic relationship; to get divorced

Example: Did you hear the news? Laura and Tony have split up!

  • (to) live it up

 to really enjoy oneself (often spending a lot of money in the process)

Example: During out weekend in Manhattan, we saw two Broadway shows and ate at a French restaurant. We really lived it up.

  • (to) make one’s blood boil

 to make one very angry

Example: Pamela told you that I have a bad attitude? That makes my blood boil!

  • (to) bring something up

 to raise a topic; to start talking about something

Example: When Nicole’s father asked her how her grades were last semester, she said, “I was hoping you wouldn’t bring that up.”

  • (to) not be able to keep (or take) one’s eyes off (someone or something)

 to stare, usually because the person or object is attractive

Example: Who was that actor in Pirates of the Caribbean? I couldn’t keep my eyes off him!

  • eye candy

 a very good-looking person; a beautiful object

Example: Ryan’s wife isn’t very nice, but she is eye candy.
Example: Our company lobby is very dull. Let’s put some eye candy in there.
Note: This expression also means graphics that make software, video games, or a website more pleasing to look at.

  • (to) put a damper on

 to spoil; to make something worse

Example: When Christie’s passport was stolen in Budapest, it put a damper on her entire trip.

  • I should’ve known better than to

 I regret; I never should have

Example: Sam told everybody that I’m planning to leave the company? I should’ve known better than to trust him!

  • ladies’ man

 a man who enjoys being with women; a man who dates lots of women

Example: Luke danced with all eight of the bridesmaids at the wedding. He’s such a ladies’ man!

  • (to) give someone a piece of one’s mind

 to let someone know what one really thinks; to speak openly, usually in anger or frustration

Example: After her lousy lunch at Carmen’s Bistro, Tammy decided to write to the owner and give him a piece of her mind.

  • (to) get on someone’s bad side

 to get into a situation where someone is angry at you; to do something to annoy someone

Example: “How did you get on the teacher’s bad side?” – “I came to class late every day.”

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