Living English Every Day – May 2021


Living English Every Day – May
4 May A blessing in disguiseMeaning: A good thing that seemed bad at first.

e.g. COVID was a blessing in disguise because I got to spend more time with my family.

5 May A dime a dozenMeaning: Something very common.

e.g. Those books are a dime a dozen. We have a lot of spare copies.

6 May Better late than neverMeaning: Better to arrive late than not at all.

e.g. Better late than never for handing in your homework as you can still get some marks.

7 May Cut him/her some slackMeaning: Don’t be so critical.

e.g. The teacher cut him some slack when he handed in his homework late.

11 May Give him/her the benefit of the doubt Meaning: Trust what someone says.

e.g. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt this time. Hand in your homework on time in the future.

12 May
Hang in there.Meaning: Don’t give up.

e.g. Hang in there. The school year is almost over. You can have a rest during the summer.

13 May
Hit the sackMeaning: Go to sleep.

e.g. It’s getting late. It’s time to hit the sack.

14 May It’s not rocket science.Meaning: It’s not complicated.

e.g. This math isn’t rocket science. It is very easy.

18 May Make a long story short Meaning: Tell something briefly.

e.g. To make a long story short, we had a great time at Ocean Park today.



20 May No pain, no gain.Meaning: You have to work for what you want.

e.g. No pain, no gain. If you don’t work hard for something, you won’t get it.

21 May Pull yourself together. Meaning: Calm down.

e.g. Pull yourself together. You will not be able to study well if you are upset about your quiz.

25 May
So far so good. Meaning: Things are going well so far.

e.g. How is your assignment going?

So far so good, I should finish it tomorrow.

26 May To make matters worseMeaning: Make a problem worse.

e.g. To make matters worse, we lost our USB with the PowerPoint.

27 May Wrap your head around it.Meaning: Understand something complicated.

e.g. I can’t wrap my head around this math problem. It is very difficult.

28May Your guess is as good as mine.Meaning: I have no idea.

e.g. Your guess is as good as mine. I have never seen anything like it before.