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    help with idiomatic expressions

    Hi

    I have a few idiomatic expressions I'm wondering about. What does it mean:

    To rubber-neck

    To cost the earth

    To run the gaunlet

    And also what does "and Bob's your uncle" mean?

    Thank you

    /Erik

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    Re: help with idiomatic expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by solat View Post
    Hi

    I have a few idiomatic expressions I'm wondering about. What does it mean:

    To rubber-neck
    =to watch curiously, to look atentively

    To cost the earth
    =to be very expensive

    To run the gaunlet
    =to experience severe difficulties/criticism; to get through something unpleasant

    And also what does "and Bob's your uncle" mean?
    =it's an expression to show that something is very easy/simple from that point on. E.g. "Turn the screw, open the green lid, cut the wire, and Bob's your uncle!"

    Thank you

    /Erik
    you're welcome


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    Post Re: help with idiomatic expressions

    Wow! That was fast. Thank you very much


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    Re: help with idiomatic expressions

    One more thing. If I want to put rubber neck in a sentense. Could I say that "someone is rubber necking something"?

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    Re: help with idiomatic expressions

    I hear rubber-necking use dmost often in relation to traffic accidents.

    Rubber-neckers are people who slow down and try to see what has happened and whether or not anyone is injured or dead.

    Sample sentences:

    Look! There's been a car crash over there!
    Well, the police are dealing with it now, so stop rubber-necking and keep driving.

    The traffic was quite slow at the scene of the accident, not because the road was blocked, but because rubber-neckers were slowing their cars to look at the scene.

    Thanks

    Brian


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    Re: help with idiomatic expressions

    Could I say that "someone is rubber necking something"?
    Yeah, take a look at the examples provided by Brian

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