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    Default meaning of some idioms

    hi
    i would like to know the meaning of the following idioms:

    1- not know enough to come in out of the rain
    2-fall apart
    3- be off base
    4- elbow one's way in

    thanks

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    Default Re: meaning of some idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by skystar30097 View Post
    hi
    i would like to know the meaning of the following idioms:

    1- not know enough to come in out of the rain
    When a person stands outside in the rain, he gets wet. It is usually a normal reaction to seek shelter (go inside) once it starts raining. When a person "doesn't know enough to come in out of the rain", it is implying that he has no common sense.
    Ex: "You loaned your brand new car to Jack?! Are you crazy? Jack doesn't know enough to come in out of the rain! You'll be lucky to get your car back in one piece."

    -fall apart
    More context is needed.

    3- be off base
    This idiom originates in the game of baseball, where a player must be on base in order to be safe. In colloquial AmE, if someone is "off base", he is misunderstanding or misinterpreting a situation, or he is just plain incorrect.
    Ex: "You are way off base if you think I had any romantic intentions when I kissed you on the cheek. It was just a gesture of friendship."

    4- elbow one's way in
    To physically force ones way into a place or situation. Literally it means to push ones way through a throng by using ones elbows in order to make space.
    Ex: "We were all waiting patiently in front of the gate, waiting for Disney World to open, when this obnoxious woman elbowed her way in front of us, determined to be the first person admitted."

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    thank u so much for ur reply.

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    Default Re: meaning of some idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by skystar30097 View Post
    Thank you so much for your reply.
    Please use standard English in this forum.

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