Useful expressions when you want to settle scores with some one you have disagreement.Dear teachers,
Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
What would you do if one of your pupils began to cut classes and altogether got out of hand?
cut class = absent oneself from a class or other, usually mandatory events
got out of hand = if a situation gets out of hand, it cannot be controlled any more OK If I am a partner in a business where trading losses went out of hand, I would quit the firm at the earlist.
I’d give him a good talking-to.
give him a good talking-to = give him a good lesson = criticize him, find fault with him = To caution using the toughest language OK
I’d make it hot for him!
make it hot for him = cause trouble or discomfort for someone
John had a good time with his new girl friend but her ex-boy friend made it hot for him.
I’d give him a piece of my mind.
give someone a piece of one’s mind = to bawl someone out, to tell someone off=to say frankly what one thinks of someone, OK
Barack Obama has sharpened his foreign policy rhetoric to give a piece of his mind to Kim the North Korean president after North Korea tested a second nuclear weapon,
I will have it out with him is the first thing and get to the bottom of the matter.
have it out = settle decisively, especially in an argument or discussion. OK
It stands to reason that I’ll make it a point of getting in touch with his parents and getting/settling everything straight. OK
stand to reason = be logical or rational
get straight = understand correctly or make something clear
make a point of = treat something as important or essential
get in touch = initiate contact
Thank you for your efforts.
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