Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
“I slept in and had to pack my bag in a panic. “
sleep in = oversleep, sleep late
“If a child threw a fit in a shopping mall, it would be correct to say, “She behaved badly.””
throw a fit = have a fit = become extremely upset.; make a scene (make a row)
Fit and fits, along with conniption fit, have been used in hyperbolic expressions to denote a bout of hysterics.
“This is not a hard-and-fast rule, however; such mass nouns as furniture and cutlery, which represent more easily quantified objects, show that the mass/count distinction should be thought of as a property of the terms themselves, rather than as a property of their referents.”
hard-and-fast rule= very strict used rule
Thank you for your efforts.