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Speak English Like an American Lesson 24 Idioms and Expressions MCQ Test

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LESSON 24 – Amber Writes a Song


Ted always writes the songs for the rock band. but now Amber says she wants to start writing songs too. She sings him the first lines of her mew song.

Amber: Ted, you know how all along you’ve been in charge of all the lyrics for our band?

Ted: That’s right, Amber. Everybody loves my songs!

Amber: Well, I hope they’ll love my songs too.

Ted: But you don’t write songs.

Amber: I’m sick and tired of singing your songs all the time. I want to sing my own songs!

Ted: Okay, no need to freak outFirst things first. Have you written a song yet?

Amber: Yes, as a matter of fact, I have.

Ted: Well, let’s hear it then.

Amber: Okay, but it’s still a work in progress.

Ted: Stop trying to buy time. Let’s hear the song!

Amber: My boyfriend is crazy. Crazy about baking cookies. I know for sure that there is no cure…

Ted: Cut it out! Stop teasing me. I am cured.

Amber: All better?

Ted: Yes. I’ll never bake another cookie again. My parents made a fortune. Now we can all just chill out!


  • all along

 throughout; from beginning to end

EXAMPLE 1: Jenny told Nicole she would vote for her, but all along she was planning on voting for Andrea.

EXAMPLE 2: I never believed Joel when he told us he was marrying a princess from Denmark. I knew all along that he was lying.

  • all better

 completely cured

EXAMPLE 1: “All better?” asked Maureen, after her son stopped crying.

EXAMPLE 2: If you’re not all better, you shouldn’t go to work tomorrow.

  • as a matter of fact

 in fact; actually

EXAMPLE 1: We need more milk? As a matter of fact, I was just going to ask you to go shopping.

EXAMPLE 2: This isn’t the first time Andy has gotten in trouble at school. As a matter of fact, just last month he was suspended for an entire week.

  • (to) buy (some) time

 to make more time available (in order to achieve a certain purpose)

EXAMPLE 1: We’re not sure yet whether or not we want to buy the house. We’d better buy some time so we can think about it over the weekend.

EXAMPLE 2: I’m not sure whether or not I want to take the job offer. I’d better buy some time to think about it.

  • (to) chill out

 to relax

EXAMPLE 1: Chill out! If we miss this train, we’ll just take the next one.

EXAMPLE 2: Your dog ate your homework? Chill out, I’m sure your teacher will understand!

  • (to be) crazy about

 to like very much

EXAMPLE 1: Amy is so crazy about golf, she’d like to play every day.

EXAMPLE 2: I’m sure Katie will agree to go out on a date with Sam. She’s crazy about him!

  • (to) cut it out

 stop it; stop the annoying behavior

EXAMPLE 1: Tracy was chewing gum loudly during the movie. Her boyfriend finally told her to cut it out.

EXAMPLE 2: Cut it out! Stop trying to pull my shoes off!

  • first things first

 let’s focus on the most important thing or task first

EXAMPLE 1: You want to work here at Lulu’s Dance Club? First things first, have you ever worked as a dancer before?

EXAMPLE 2: You want to ask your teacher if you can hand in your paper two weeks late? First things first, you’d better think of an excuse.

  • for sure


EXAMPLE 1: This year, Tom Cruise will win an Academy Award for sure.

EXAMPLE 2: Mike is the most popular guy in school. If he runs for student body president, he’ll win for sure.

  • (to be) in charge of

 having responsibility for

EXAMPLE 1: John is in charge of all international sales for his company.

EXAMPLE 2: Who’s in charge of making sure we don’t run out of toilet paper in the bathroom?

  • in progress

 happening; under way; going on now

EXAMPLE 1: The play is already in progress, so you’ll have to wait until intermission to sit down.

EXAMPLE 2: Once the test is in progress, you will not be allowed to leave the room.

  • (to) make a fortune

 to make a lot of money

EXAMPLE 1: Adam made a fortune when he sold his company to Microsoft.

EXAMPLE 2: Emma made a fortune selling candy to her classmates after lunch every day.

SYNONYMS: to make a bundle; to make a killing

  • (to be) sick and tired of

 completely bored with; sick of

EXAMPLE 1: Ted is sick and tired of hearing about what an excellent student Nicole is.

EXAMPLE 2: I’m sick and tired of this nasty weather we’ve been having!

  • (to) freak out

 to respond to something irrationally or crazily; to overreact

EXAMPLE 1: Ashley’s parents freaked out when she told them she was dropping out of college to become an actress.

EXAMPLE 2: Don’t freak out when I tell you this, but I lost the laptop you lent me last week.

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