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?
It's a waste of time and energy to rip yourself apart over something you no longer have the power to change.
The family is ripped apart by a young mother's death.
rip apart = be in torments
A bomb ripped apart the train.
rip apart = blow to pieces
You're kind of edgy today. Did you sleep well last night?
edgy = nervous
The magician kept the children on edge all through his show.
We were all on edge as we listened to the TV for news of the election results.
Father was on edge after driving home through the heavy holiday traffic.
on edge = excited or nervous; impatient
She looks so mean that her face sets my teeth on edge.
set one’s teeth on edge = irritate, annoy, make one cringe
The lemon juice set my teeth on edge.
set one’s teeth on edge = to have a sharp sour taste that makes you rub your teeth together
Mr. Thompson spent several hours trying to get hold of his lawyerbut the line was right along busy.
get hold of = to communicate with, as by telephone
Little children sometimes get hold of sharp knives and cut themselves.
get hold of = to get possession of
You must get hold of yourself!
get hold of = to gain control of
Thank you for your efforts.
Where can I get hold of a copy of this document?
Finding a large packet is lying there unaccounted for, they somehow managed to get hold of it
get hold is a verb, generally used to get something or somebody for a specific purpose
The chairman got hold of his secretary on last night to type an urgent letter.