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?
This shop sells ladders, but they’re out of stock at present.
out of stock = not available for use or sale
Dickens is regarded as one of England’s greatest novelists.
regard = deem to be
A friend should be a person you can rely on.
rely on = to place trust or confidence in; bank on (or upon); believe in; count on (or upon); depend on (or upon); reckon on (or upon); trust (in)
Grandpa is in his second childhood; we must make allowances for him at the dinner table," my mother said, as Grandpa dropped food all over the place.
second childhood = the childishness of old age = dotage = feebleness or imbecility of understanding or mind, particularly in old age;
I don’t know how to set about my work.
You are not setting about your work in the right way.
set anout = begin, start
The drug has done it work. (has produced an effect)
It won’t work. = This won’t do. = That’s not the way to go about it.
I always find plenty of out of work that needs doing in my garden.
When too many people are out of work, it is a sign that the economy is in a recession.
out of work = having no income-producing job; unemployed; unemployed, workless
Do you place much reliance on your doctor?
There is little reliance to be placed on his promises.
reliance = trust, confidence
He stood there in a threatening attitude.
attitude = pose, posture
They assumed an attitude of defiance towards all authority.
I didn’t like his attitude that he deserves special treatment.
attitude = standpoint; point of view
Thank you for your efforts.