- For Teachers
Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
He has a streak of eccentricity in his character.
He has a streak of obstinacy.
streak = feature (character); a distinctive characteristic
The plane streaked across the sky.
streak = move quickly in a straight line
We made a streak for the house.
We made our appearance like a streak of lightning.
streak = a sudden flash (as of lightning)
It is a fact that he talks blue streak.
talk blue streak = talk incessantly
Our team is on a losing streak. We’ve lost tree games straight.
losing streak = losing game after game, losing a series of games
The runner made a beeline for first base.
When the bell rang Ted made a beeline for the door of the classroom.
make a beeline for = to go in a straight line toward
In a career that's spanned two decades, David Beckham has known fantastic highs and crushing lows.
span = to cover or extend over an area or time period
His career spanned four decades of his life.
span = cover, include
His life had well-nigh completed its span.
well-nigh = nearly; almost
span = time, period
Imagination will span the gap in our knowledge.
span = fill (gap)
His eyes spanned the space.
span = measure the distance with one’s eyes
Will it be convenient if I come at six?
convenient = suited or favorable to one's comfort, purpose, or needs
Will it do if I come at six?
I'll call on you tomorrow evening if it's convenient for you.
Our house is very convenient for the shops.
convenient = located close; being within easy reach
Mary will have to look after her niece and nephew while her sister is in hospital.
look after = take care of, attend to the safety or well-being of
Mary will have to do for her niece and nephew while her sister is in hospital.
do for = care or provide for, take care of
Thank you for your efforts.