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    ostentatious/showy/indoelnt repose/roughed up/drop the ball/home stretch

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
    Far from being ostentatious of the good you do.
    The ostentatious professions of many years.
    ostentatious = unduly conspicuous; pretentious; boastful
    A present of everything that was rich and showy.
    showy = making a show; attracting attention; presenting a marked appearance; ostentatious.
    To waste long nights in indolent repose.
    indolent = indulging in ease; avoiding labor and exertion; habitually idle; lazy
    The three men roughed up the bartender at the hotel and were arrested by the police.
    rough up = attack or hurt physically; manhandle
    I tried hard but I am sure that I blew the final math exam last week.
    blow it (something) = fail at something
    Dealing with my neighbor is always a pain in the neck.
    pain in the neck = an annoying thing or person, bothersome
    We cannot afford to drop the ball.
    drop the ball = make an error; miss an opportunity
    At first the horse was ahead but in the home stretch she curled up and died.
    home stretch = the straight stretch of a racetrack leading to the finish line
    Thank you for your efforts.
    Regards,
    V.

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    Exclamation Re: ostentatious/showy/indoelnt repose/roughed up/drop the ball/home stretch

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
    Far from being ostentatious of the good you do, is a sign of generosity. OK
    The ostentatious professions of many years have spread seeds of distrust in the society. OK
    ostentatious = unduly conspicuous; pretentious; boastful
    A present of everything that was rich and showy. This woolen dress appears rich and showy, yet offers warmth and comfort. OK
    showy = making a show; attracting attention; presenting a marked appearance; ostentatious.
    To waste long nights in indolent repose.
    (= Rest or sleeping without doing any work or action, An Idle or worthless life longing for only rest)
    indolent = indulging in ease; avoiding labor and exertion; habitually idle; lazy
    The three men roughed up the bartender at the hotel and were arrested by the police. OK
    rough up = attack or hurt physically; manhandle
    I tried hard but I am sure that I blew the final math exam last week and thereby ruined my career. OK
    blow it (something) = fail at something
    Dealing with my neighbor is always a pain in the neck.OK
    pain in the neck = an annoying thing or person, bothersome
    We cannot afford to drop the ball.
    drop the ball = make an error; miss an opportunity=To make mistakes repeatedly. And now because the ball was dropped too often, here we are in the US facing one of the worst economic challenges in our history
    At first the horse was ahead but in the home stretch she curled up and died. OK
    home stretch = the straight stretch of a racetrack leading to the finish line
    Thank you for your efforts.
    Regards,
    V.
    SKP

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