Headlines and More (Idioms):
Vancouver Sun and The Globe and Mail
The Food Bank
A food bank is a place where donated food is distributed to
needy people. This word is approximately 17 years old.
There but for the grace of God go I.
It takes only a simple accident or illness to put me in the same
situation as a poor person.
Her girlfriend insulted her, but she shrugged it off. It means
she didnt mind it and forgave her.
It was like water off a ducks back. (Same as shrugged it
When he retires, we will have a roast for him and invite all his
friends. I hope he has a thick skin because we are going to work
hard to insult him. A roast is an event where old friends joke and
tease someone to honour him or her.
Teasing comes in two varieties: mean-spirited and good-natured. A
person with thin skin is easy to hurt. This person is sensitive and
doesnt like you to joke about him or her.
She retreats into her shell. Like a turtle, when she feels hurt,
she wont talk to you anymore. We also say, she shuts down.
Another way to say this is to close the door on the conversation.
He didnt like that movie. He said it was for the birds. It
was useless like a bird, which isnt very intelligent.
What is a flick? This is a slang word for a movie. A chick
flick is a movie that women would like. A chick is an informal
word for woman. (not polite)
If The Grizzlies would only get their defence to dig in, they
might win more often. The idiom comes from when soldiers dig to make a
strong defence. The Grizzlies defence needs to try harder.
Shareef on fire. This means that the basketball player is doing
very well and is increasing his score.
Ottawa farm aid is a slap in the face for the farmers. The
farmers think the aid is so small it is a kind of insult to them.
The Canadian armed forces are stretched to the limit. They
cannot do any more. The army has no extra people or supplies to help.
Bill Clintons bid for power worked last time. He asked for
another four years and was successful.
Police gearing up for the protest in Seattle next week. The
police will get their equipment ready and cancel the leaves for the police
The men and women who run races are pushing the envelope of
human ability. New records are set every year for the fastest human. The envelope
is a kind of limit that we believe is the best or farthest or fastest
Some computer people like to work at the bleeding edge. This is
the newest and most advanced science in the world today. On the razors
edge means on a very fine and narrow place.
The bad boy took the police on a wild goose chase and so his
friends were able to escape. This means he gave the wrong directions to