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Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
We recently bought a new kettle. It is one of those new-fangled things that only boil one cup of water at a time, so you end up using less electricity because you are not forever boiling water you won't use.
newfangled = this adjective describes what has existed for only a short time and sugests that something is needlessly novel
At first I thought it was a gimmick, but have to admit that it is a good idea.
gimmick = a significant feature that is obscured, misrepresented, or not readily evident; a catch
Is it because it is Christmas and pennies have to be counted? I can totally understand that - why is it that we spend so much money on such a lot of tat at Christmas?
tat = tastelessness by virtue of being cheap and vulgar, trumpery
But the fact is that affiliate marketing - done correctly - really can bring home the bacon in a big way.
bring home the bacon = earn a living, provide the necessities of life; be successful, accomplish something of value
in a big way = to a great extent, conspicuously
Whatever your religious beliefs, Christmas is a time we can think about others, give back a little something, behave a little better, act a little kinder, forgive a little more, smile, laugh, reflect and take stock of what we've done in this year and what we can do better in the next.
take stock = make an estimate or appraisal
I was being nosy.
nosy = eager to learn, offensively or intrusively curious, inquiring;
Nosy implies impertinent curiosity likened to that of an animal using its nose to examine or probe
He flipped through my letters in his nosy way.
Don't be so nosy!
Getting too nosy may lead a person into trouble.
That policeman should not be nosing around in our garage without a court order.
I don't want our neighbour nosing into our affairs, so keep quiet about our plans.
nosing into = stick one’s nose into
Thank you for your efforts.