Student or Learner
Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
London and Manchester are no longer called even cities, theyíre conurbations, or bunches of towns.
conurbation = a predominantly urban region including adjacent towns and suburbs; a metropolitan area
How can he afford a car, he hasnít got a penny to his name.
to his name = in his possession
Itís a bare four kilometers, we can walk it in less than an hour.
a bar ten kilos = scarcely ten kilos, not abit more than ten kilos
The alarm went off at six, but Iím afraid I didnít hear it.
gone off = the bell of an alrm clock is said to go off, not ring
I hipe youíre not going to do any back-seat driving, Fred.
back-seat driving = the tendering of advice to the driver by a person sitting behind him, a dangerous habit that has caused many road accidents, since it distracts the driverís attention.
Here we go, now weíll keep at a steady crawl almost all the way to Dtratford. After that itís all plain sailing.
plain sailing = easy going; straightforward, unobstructed progress
I havenít seen your father for years; howís he keeping?
Howís Tom keeping? = What is the state of Tomís health? Is he keeping in good health?
That evening gown must have set her back at least five hundred euros.
Set your back = reduces (i.e. sets back) youe bank balance
Yes, I did promise to seee him today, now I come to think of it.
Now I come to think of it. = Now that I remember it.
Thank you for your efforts.