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    What are the meanings of the underlined phrases as follow:

    a) I know it sounds cliched, but this therapy has changed her life.

    b) My daughter takes her allergies in stride, and has developed a typical kid's affection for all things bland, starchy and cheesey.

    c) May was thinking to send her son to pre-school 3 days a week instead of 5 in order to save some money for a fabulous pair of shoes. But it was a fleeting thought and it certainly didn't come to fruition.

    d) I get a chance to take a personal tour of the new school, here is an account of our inside knowledge. Let's get my only 'niggle' out of the way first. I hae to admit the exterior of the new complex is slightly underwhelming - it is the bottom floor of a car park. Once inside any notion of disappointment faded fast. The complex is utopia for the under-six-set. Brand spanking new toys......

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    Re: Meanings of phrases

    a) I know it sounds cliched, but this therapy has changed her life.

    Stale, commonplace, overused.
    So many celebrities have appeared in the press and on talk shows over the years raving about how "therapy (psychological counseling) has changed their lives," the phrase has become tiresome.

    b) My daughter takes her allergies in stride, and has developed a typical kid's affection for all things bland, starchy and cheesey.
    In stride: to cope with calmly, to accept something without reservation
    Typical kid's affection: the preferences usually exhibited by children
    Most young children don't like very spicy or unusual foods; they'd be happy to have macaroni and cheese or hamburgers and French fries for every meal.

    But it was a fleeting thought and it certainly didn't come to fruition.
    Fleeting thought: an idea that came into her head and left it just as quickly

    here is an account of our inside knowledge.
    Since we've toured the school, we now know things about it that other people don't. Here is what we learned.

    Let's get my only 'niggle' out of the way first
    Niggle: a trivial complaint, a minor detail that bothers me

    the exterior of the new complex is slightly underwhelming
    The exterior was rather plain and did not live up to my expectations.

    The complex is utopia for the under-six-set. Brand spanking new toys......
    Children under six years of age will enjoy this place - it will be like heaven on earth for them. The toys are in pristine condition.
    ("Brand spanking new" is just a very emphatic way of saying "new" or "never been used." When you purchase a new car from the manufacturer and it has zero miles on the odometer, it is "brand spanking new.")


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    Re: Meanings of phrases

    A. cliched: adj. (can't find the French accent on my Chinese keyboard)

    "a comment that is very often made and is therefore not original and not interesting"

    B. in stride (I believe in stride and to take something in your stride has the same meaning which is the following:)
    "to deal with a problem or difficulty calmly and not to allow it to influence what you are doing"

    typical: adj.

    "showing all the characteristics that you would usually expect from a particular group of things"

    =usual

    affection: n.

    "a feeling of liking for a person or place"

    (You didn't ask for the meaning of the whole sentence. But here's my take on it)

    "My daughter is dealing with her allergies responsibly. Much like most kids, she has developed a taste for all things bland, starchy and cheesy."

    C.

    Fleeting: adj

    "brief or quick"

    In other words, May considered the idea for a brief period of time before promptly rejecting it.

    And I'm tired so I'll continue tomorrow (unless some good Samaritan helps you out before I do).

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    Re: Meanings of phrases

    Oh! It seems like we answered at the same time, Ouisch.

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    Re: Meanings of phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by Noego View Post
    Oh! It seems like we answered at the same time, Ouisch.
    Great minds think alike.

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