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November 16, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

A night owl is someone who likes to stay awake until late at night, or who works at night.   Examples of use: 1. He’s always been a night owl: when he was a child he often read until past midnight. 2. There were a few night owls sitting in the café, but most people […]

November 10, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

To pose as somebody is to pretend to be a particular person or type of person in order to deceive people.   Examples of use: 1. The burglars posed as police officers. 2. He sold stolen credit cards to police officers who were posing as customers. 3. There is a woman going round the hospital […]

November 9, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

1. To turn down somebody or something (or turn somebody or something down) is to refuse an offer or request   Examples of use: a) He asked her to marry him, but she turned him down. b) They turned down our invitation to the party. c) She was offered a job in Chicago, but she […]

November 6, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

To build up to something is to gradually prepare yourself, or someone else, for a particular occasion or event.   Examples of use: 1. The shops are building up to Christmas with festive decorations and music. 2. I built up to running in the London Marathon by running short distances every day. 3. He’s been […]

November 5, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

1.To hand down something (or hand something down) is to give or teach something to someone who is younger than you: someone who will be alive after you have died. Examples of use: a) This violin has been handed down from my great grandmother and my grandmother. b) My Christmas pudding recipe was handed down […]

November 5, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

An important part of the Christmas Day celebrations in the UK is the Christmas pudding. Christmas pudding is a round, rich and heavy pudding made from fruit, eggs, sugar, breadcrumbs, suet, spices, and alcohol such as brandy or rum. Many families have their favourite pudding recipe, which is often passed down through generations of family […]