July 20

Get the picture

To say informally that you understand the idea.

“I don’t neet to hear any more. I get the picture.


Get to the bottom of something

To discover the truth.

“Nobody knows who is behind the hate comments but we’ll get to the bottom of it.


Pay close attention

To concentrate and give all your attention to something you are doing.

“If you pay close attention to the explanation in class, you will do the exercises without any difficulties.


In (one’s) own right

If someone has or is something in their on right, they have earned it by themselves.

“Her parents being actors has little to do with her success. She is an accomplished actress in her own right.


Test the water(s)

Before diving into a swimming `pool, we sometimes test the water temperature. Likewise, we can observe or study something in order to decide whether it will be succesful.

“A limited number of the product has been launched in a small community. Just enough to test the waters.


Reap the benefits

To obtain something as a result of your effort

“They have been working hard this year and now it is time to reap the benefits.


To be up in the air

To be uncertain

“She would like to make a career change, but in the current situation everything is up in the air.


At the latest

No later than

“Please, send me your confirmation by Tuesday at the latest.


So much so

To a great extent

“She was determined to stay in her country, so much so that she was ready to split up with her partner.


To have strings attached

When something you are offered or you want to achieve comes with certain less desirable conditions or obligations that you also have to accept as part of it.

“The offer to move into a more spacious office at the top of the building was very tempting, but we decided to turn it down because we realised it had strings attached. The price was lower but we had to commit to a five-year rental agreement.


Give me a break! 

Don’t be ridiculous!

“Are you saying I can’t do it myself? Give me a break!.


In check

Under control

“Speaking English everyday keeps your fluency in check.


Next to nothing

Very little

“On the way back from work, I used to buy books in the second-hand bookshop for next to nothing.