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    drop the ball/turn down/go on/throw out/

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    1. He dropped the ball, turning down their offer.
    drop the ball = make an error; miss an opportunity
    turn down = reject, fail to accept

    2. If you go on like this you’ll be thrown out.
    go on = continue, conduct oneself, behave, especially in a wong, shameful or excited way
    trow out = forcibly eject, force the departure of

    3. As the months went on, he became impatient.
    go on = pass

    4. What’s going on there?
    go on = happen, take place, be in progress

    5. There nothing interesting going on here at present.
    go on = appear on the stage

    6. Have you a good supply of reading matter for the train journey?
    a good supply of reading matter = plenty of books, magazines, etc.

    7. But take heart!
    take heart = be confident, be brave

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.


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    Re: drop the ball/turn down/go on/throw out/

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    1. He dropped the ball, turning down their offer.
    drop the ball = make an error; miss an opportunity
    turn down = reject, fail to accept

    2. If you go on like this you’ll be thrown out.
    go on = continue, conduct oneself, behave, especially in a wong, shameful or excited way
    trow out = forcibly eject, force the departure of

    3. As the months went on, he became impatient.
    go on = pass

    4. What’s going on there?
    go on = happen, take place, be in progress

    5. There nothing interesting going on here at present.
    go on = appear on the stage

    6. Have you a good supply of reading matter for the train journey?
    a good supply of reading matter = plenty of books, magazines, etc.

    7. But take heart!
    take heart = be confident, be brave

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Your interpretations are correct. There's just one thing I would question.

    Why would you say "appear on the stage"? It could be that the expression refers to what appears on a stage or does not appear on a stage. However, there's nothing in your example sentence about a "stage". I wouldn't say that a definition of "go on" is "appear on stage". A context could show it to mean that, but we would need a context.

    5. There nothing interesting going on here at present.
    go on = appear on the stage

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