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    #1

    a few idioms or sayings ???

    I'd like to ask about meaning these:

    1. And how's it been with you and Jack?
    We rub along OK.
    Not rub each other up the wrong way?

    2. I'm a glass half-full kind of girl.

    3. I thought Australia would be nice (to fly there). But then I thought afterwards, what about my carbon footprint?

    Agnieszka

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    #2

    Re: a few idioms or sayings ???

    One at a time. I'll take #2
    Quote Originally Posted by aga14x View Post
    2. I'm a glass half-full kind of girl.
    She has an optimistic nature.

    An optimist has been defined as a person who sees a half-glass of water as being half full, a pessimist as one who sees it as half empty.

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    Re: a few idioms or sayings ???

    ***** I am not a teacher *****

    "We get along OK." I had never heard or read "We rub along OK."

    "We rub each other the wrong way." Or, "Jack rubs me the wrong way." Up should not be included.

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    #4

    Re: a few idioms or sayings ???

    Carbon footprint refers to how much greenhouse gas production are you responsible for. She is wondering what the environmental impact of her flight would be.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: a few idioms or sayings ???

    Quote Originally Posted by Slot View Post
    "We get along OK." I had never heard or read "We rub along OK."
    It's not common, but it is heard in BrE.

    "We rub each other the wrong way." Or, "Jack rubs me the wrong way." Up should not be included. In AmE, perhaps. 'Up' is part of the BrE expression.
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    Re: a few idioms or sayings ???

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
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    Originally Posted by Slot
    "We get along OK." I had never heard or read "We rub along OK."
    It's not common, but it is heard in BrE.

    "We rub each other the wrong way." Or, "Jack rubs me the wrong way." Up should not be included. In AmE, perhaps. 'Up' is part of the BrE expression.
    CanE, actually (for what it's worth), but I'd better make more use of Google.

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    Re: a few idioms or sayings ???

    So, just to make sure I get this,

    When someone irritates you, in the US and Canada, we say "He rubs me the wrong way" but in the UK, you'd say "He rubs me up the wrong way"?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #8

    Re: a few idioms or sayings ???

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    So, just to make sure I get this,

    When someone irritates you, in the US and Canada, we say "He rubs me the wrong way" but in the UK, you'd say "He rubs me up the wrong way"?
    Yes, for the UK.

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