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July 31, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

To cast away someone (or cast someone away) is to leave someone alone somewhere (e.g. a desert island)  as a result of a storm or shipwreck. This phrasal verb is usually used in the passive. To be cast away is to be left alone on a remote island after a shipwreck or other accident at […]

July 29, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

1. To kick off something (or kick something off) is to remove your shoes by shaking your feet. Examples of use: a) He kicked off his shoes. b) I can’t wait to kick off my shoes and relax in front of the TV. c) She kicked her sandals off and stretched out on a sun […]

July 28, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

If a feeling or quality shines though, that feeling or quality is very easy to see or notice.   Examples of use: 1. His confidence and skill shone through in the snowboarding championships. 2. Her kindness towards others shines through. 3. The car’s unique design and quality shone through. 4. His expertise shone through at […]

July 26, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

When memories flood back, you suddenly remember very clearly a lot of things about events or experiences in your past. Examples of use: 1. As he looked through his old photos, his memories of his time in India came flooding back. 2. Memories of my childhood flood back when I visit my grandparents. 3. Memories […]

July 25, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

If a sound (especially a voice) trails off or trails away, it gradually becomes quieter or weaker, and then stops. Examples of use: 1. He was reading aloud, but his voice trailed away when he realized Horatio wasn’t listening. 2. Her voice trailed off when she saw the body of the woman in the pool. […]

July 24, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

To steal away is to leave a place quietly and secretly, without being seen.   Examples of use: 1. He stole away while his parents were sleeping and caught the train to London. 2. The party was so boring, we stole away after an hour. 3. I stole away from the office meeting and went […]

July 23, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

To go bananas is to behave in a very excited, angry or emotional way about something.  Informal English / slang. Examples of use:  1. Your mum will go bananas when she sees what a mess you’ve made in her kitchen! 2. Fans go bananas at Justin Bieber’s concerts. 3. I went bananas when I found […]