I'm not a teacher.Dear teachers,
Would you be kind enough to review my interpretations of four idioms which focused my attention when reading a random dialog?
“You certainly were not. And yet you are not going the right way about making it up. If I were you, I’d get it straight by having a heart-to-heart talk with her. It would be all to the good. She must have got it all wrong – that’s what the trouble is.”
“Catch me going to her place and telling her that she was right! Never in a million years! If it come to that I never want to set my eyes upon her again and that’s that!”
1. . to go the right (wrong) way about it = to do it in the right (wrong) way
2. to get things (it) straight = to clear things up
3. to get something right (wrong) = to understand a matter thoroughly or clearly so that no misunderstanding is possible ( not to understand a matter clearly so that misunderstanding is possible)
To get something right is often used when someone is struggling with something.
This is my 5th attempt. I need to get it right this time.
However, in my opinion, your interpretation is fine.
4. catch one doing = do not expect somebody to do it
Poirot said:”You do not think it possible that she committed suicide?” – “She?” Mrs. Bishop snorted. “No. Indeed. Hadn’t she made up her mind to marry Mr. Roddy? Catch her committing suicide!”.
“Catch me riding on a bus!” Sammy let out his roar.
“Not likely!” he said.
Yes, I think generally they both refer to an unlikely action/event.
You would never catch me riding on a bus. I hate public transport.
It is very unlikely that you would see me riding on a bus.....
Thank you for your efforts.
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