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|of interest (to someone)|
What does of interest (to someone) mean?
| to be interesting to someone||The man who works at the gas station is of interest to the police in their investigation of the murder.|
Some Random Idioms
|ask (someone) out|
What does "ask (someone) out" mean?
| to ask a person for a date||My friend finally asked out the woman at the bank.|
|no great shakes|
What does "no great shakes" mean?
| not particularly impressive or important|
|leave (someone) holding the bag|
What does "leave (someone) holding the bag" mean?
| leave someone to take the blame for something||My friend left me holding the bag when he ran away from the accident.|
|hold one's head up|
What does "hold one's head up" mean?
| keep one's dignity and pride||The basketball players were able to hold their heads up even though they lost the game.|
|come into one`s own|
What does "come into one`s own" mean?
| to begin to perform or work well because of good circumstances||The player has come into his own as a basketball player since he changed positions. |
|in bad/poor taste|
What does "in bad/poor taste" mean?
| rude, vulgar||The jokes that the man told at the dinner were in very bad taste.|
|easy come, easy go|
What does "easy come, easy go" mean?
| something that you easily acquire may be easily spent/lost/wasted||The man always found a new job easily but then he would often quit the job quickly. For him it was always easy come, easy go.|
What does "take minutes" mean?
| to write down the proceedings of a meeting||I usually take minutes at the monthly club meetings.|
What does "fast track" mean?
|path of rapid rise through an organization or situation|
What does "number one" mean?
| oneself||My friend only thinks about number one and never about anybody else.|
|take precedence over (someone or something)|
What does "take precedence over (someone or something)" mean?
| to have the right to come before someone or something else||The rights of people who do not smoke take precedence over the rights of smokers in many cities.|
|can't stomach (someone or something)|
What does "can't stomach (someone or something)" mean?
| to dislike or hate someone or something||I can't stomach the idea of meeting my old girlfriend.|
|take (something) the wrong way|
What does "take (something) the wrong way" mean?
| to understand something as wrong or insulting||The waiter took my comments the wrong way and became a little angry.|