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Expressions and idioms
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Twenty-four seven adv. / adj.(informal) : twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
The self-service station facing the supermarket is available twenty-four seven.
At nine o'clock sharp (sharp adv. fam.) : precise time
The trial is adjourned until Wednesday morning at ten o'clock sharp.
For ages adv. : for a long time
That's wonderful, I hadn't seen a solar eclipse for ages!
A month of Sundays (familier): a long period of time ( literally thirty Sundays or thirty weeks)
I met Sarah yesterday. I hadn't seen her in a month of Sundays.
As long as a month of Sundays: a very boring (endless) day.
Never in a month of Sundays: never
Just around the corner: that will happen very soon
Now that your baby's birth is just around the corner, I'll give you some advice on feeding him.
Shelf life: it's the length of time a product can be kept before it becomes too old for use.
Bread, fruit, dairy products don't have a long shelf life.
Five o'clock shadow: the beard a man has at 5 o'clock when he has shaved his face in the morning.
When I met David he looked dazed and had a five o'clock shadow.
To be broke : to have no money (être fauché, sans le sou)
My boyfriend often says he is broke. I think he is a bit stingy.
Make a killing (informal): to make a lot of money in a short time.
My friend John made a killing on the stock market.
Hand to mouth
In that situation you have a hard time making ends meet.
Make ends meet
Penny-pinching adj. (inf.) unwilling to spend money
Chicken feed n. (fam.) insignificant amount of money (= peanuts)
The amount of money I could lend him was chicken feed compared to what he needed.
Keep the wolf from the door. to have enough money to be able to eat and live.
John and his wife didn't earn much, but it was enough to keep the wolf from the door.
Loan shark someone who lends money at very high rates of interest
I advised Phoebe not to borrow money from a loan shark, but she didn't listen to me.
It will cost her an arm and a leg.
To cost an arm and a leg
Nest egg: money saved for the future.
I often tell my friend Lucy that she should build a nest egg for her retirement.
On a shoestring: (US inf.) with very little money
Fred had lived on a shoestring for years before he won the lottery.
en anglais shoelace (lacet)
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