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Speak English Like an American Lesson 6 Idioms and Expressions MCQ Test

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LESSON 6 – Susan Stays Home and Bakes Cookies


Susan decides to cheer up her husband. Bob loves her homemade cookies. Nicole suggests she start a cookie business.

Susan: Bob, I baked cookies for you.

Bob: That was so nice of you, dear. You’ve got a heart of gold!

Susan: Go ahead and pig out!

Bob: These are delicious!

Susan: I thought they might cheer you up. You’ve been in a bad mood lately.

Bob: I guess I have been a little on edge. But these cookies are just what the doctor ordered!

Nicole: Do I smell cookies?

Susan: Yes, Nicole. Help yourself.

Nicole: Yum-yum.* These are out of this world. You could go into business selling these!

Bob: You could call them Susan’s Scrumptious Cookies. You’d make a bundle.

Susan: Good thinking!

Nicole: Don’t forget to give me credit for the idea after you’re rich and famous!

Susan: You know I always give credit where credit is due!

* Yum-yum: this is said when something is delicious. You can also say “mmm, mmm” or “mmm-mmm, good.”


  • (to) cheer someone up

 to make someone happy

EXAMPLE 1: Susan called her friend in the hospital to cheer her up.

EXAMPLE 2: My father has been depressed for weeks now. I don’t know what to do to cheer him up.

NOTE: You can tell somebody to “Cheer up!” if they are feeling sad.

  • (to) give (someone) credit

 to acknowledge someone’s contribution; to recognize a positive trait in someone

EXAMPLE 1: The scientist gave his assistant credit for the discovery.

EXAMPLE 2: I can’t believe you asked your boss for a raise when your company is doing so poorly. I must give you credit for your courage!

  • (to) give credit where credit is due

 to give thanks or acknowledgement to the person who deserves it

EXAMPLE: I will be sure to thank you when I give my speech. I always give credit where credit is due.

  • (to) go into business

 to start a business

EXAMPLE 1: Jeff decided to go into business selling baseball cards.

EXAMPLE 2: Eva went into business selling her homemade muffins.

  • good thinking

 good idea; smart planning

EXAMPLE 1: I’m glad you brought an umbrella — that was good thinking!

EXAMPLE 2: You reserved our movie tickets over the Internet? Good thinking!

  • (to) have a heart of gold

 to be very kind and giving

EXAMPLE 1: Alexander has a heart of gold and always thinks of others before himself.

EXAMPLE 2: You adopted five children from a Romanian orphanage? You’ve got a heart of gold!

  • Help yourself

 serve yourself

EXAMPLE 1: “Help yourselves to cookies and coffee,” said Maria before the meeting started.

EXAMPLE 2: You don’t need to wait for me to offer you something. Please just help yourself to whatever you want.

NOTE: Pay attention to the reflexive form: Help yourself in singular, help yourselves in plural.

  • (to be) in a bad mood

 unhappy; depressed; irritable

EXAMPLE 1: After her boyfriend broke up with her, Nicole was in a bad mood for several days.

EXAMPLE 2: I don’t like to see you in a bad mood. How can I cheer you up?

  • just what the doctor ordered

 exactly what was needed

EXAMPLE 1: Martin wanted a hot drink after spending the day skiing. A cup of hot cocoa was just what the doctor ordered.

EXAMPLE 2: Our trip to Florida was so relaxing. It was just what the doctor ordered!

  • (to) make a bundle

 to make a lot of money

EXAMPLE 1: Bob’s friend Charles made a bundle in the stock market and retired at age 45.

EXAMPLE 2: Sara made a bundle selling her old fur coats on eBay, a website where you can buy and sell used things.

  • (to be) on edge

 nervous; irritable

EXAMPLE 1: Whenever Susan feels on edge, she takes several deep breaths and starts to feel more relaxed.

EXAMPLE 2: Ever since his car accident, Neil has felt on edge.

  • out of this world


EXAMPLE 1: Mrs. Field’s oatmeal raisin cookies are out of this world!

EXAMPLE 2: Mmmm, I love your chicken soup. It’s out of this world!

  • (to) pig out

 to eat greedily; to stuff oneself

EXAMPLE 1: Ted pigged out on hot dogs and hamburgers at the barbeque and then got a stomachache.

EXAMPLE 2: “Nicole, stop pigging out on cookies or you’ll never be able to eat your dinner!”

NOTE: Pay attention to the preposition “on” after the verb “to pig out.” One can pig out on hotdogs, pig out on candy, pig out on ice cream.

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