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    Default What's the meaning of...

    What's the meaning of the following expressions?:
    * To be in a righteous state
    * To push the envelope
    * Talk greasy

    Lately, I've continually seen these colloquial expressions by reading magazines etc, but unfortunately I havent really managed to find their meaning in any of my dictionaries. So on the humble, It would've been great if you would post me some answers.
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    Default Re: What's the meaning of...

    What's the meaning of the following expressions?:
    * To be in a righteous state - feel morally superior
    * To push the envelope - go to the limits
    * Talk greasy - I haven't heard this, but imagine it's unpleasant talk aiming at corruption.

    PS- Check idioms here: http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/

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    Default Re: What's the meaning of...

    Thanks tdol I appreciate your reply but listen, I posted the same question at the idiom forum and here's the answer I got:

    * to be in a state of peace, or in a good situation
    * to take something too far, to ask too much, or to ask for too much
    * I haven't heard talk greasy. But if I were to guess, I would say either a smooth talker or a sweet talker - someone who can get you to do something just by the things they say. Or it could be a guy who thinks he can get his way or get you to do something but isn't good at it. (one who uses cheesy pick up lines).t.

    With an eye to her reply being a bit different than yours, I'm wondering who's right and who's not, and are both of you right?;)

    I've also found some new expressions I can't find the meaning of:

    * sneak a peak
    * phony business
    * don't judge a book by its cover

    Thanks in advance teachers...
    Last edited by Blabbermouth; 11-May-2005 at 20:55.

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