|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.
||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.
||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.
||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.