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    bequeath/bend out of shape/strong suit/distracted/odds

    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?

    Today, we bequeath America’s future into your able hands.
    bequeath = hand down

    It’s the first time the Carnegie Prize has been split and Hansen is all bent .
    bent = shortening of “bend out of shape”
    bend out of shape = infuriated, annoyed, shocked, astonished, be angry or upset

    Nice is not Hansen’s strong suit.
    strong suit = a quality, activity, or skill in which a person excels as in : Foreign policy was the President's strong suit.

    Did you know that having a hangover is not having enough water in your body?
    hangover = unpleasant physical effects following the heavy use of alcohol

    You are not easily distracted, are you?
    distracted = having the attention diverted. suffering conflicting emotions; distraught

    I have a chip on both shoulders.
    chip on one's shoulder = a belligerent attitude or grievance

    My odds of success dramatically improve with each event.
    odds = another word for chances or possibility

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: bequeath/bend out of shape/strong suit/distracted/odds

    I haven't heard 'bent' with that meaning on its own- in BrE, it means crooked/criminal or gay. In the first, 'capable hands' sounds more natural to me.


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