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    interpretation of four idioms 2

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to review my interpretations of four idioms which focused my attention when reading a random dialog?

    “Did you visit Vera, the girl about whom you told me a lot?”

    “I didn’t, unfortunately. She ha got a new flat but the address had slipped out of my mind. The next day I dropped in to see my old schoolmate. I was taken unawares when she told me that she had given up her studies at the extramural department of the Institute.”

    “But she ought to have known what she was letting herself in for.”

    “That’s the whole point. She kept me in the dark about it. If I had known it before, I would have given her a piece of my mind. I have no patience with inconsistent people; so I don’t feel for her.”

    “Well, you’ve got a bone to pick with her.”

    “I can’t see what you are driving at.”

    1. to take somebody unawares = to surprise
    To be taken by unawares = to be taken by surprise

    2. to keep (a person) in the dark = to hide things from a person; to keep things secret

    3. to feel for someone = to sympathize with

    4. to drive at (to get at) = to mean, to intend, to mean to do or say

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards

    V

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    Re: interpretation of four idioms 2

    1. to take somebody unawares = sth happens when you're not prepared, because you're not expecting it

    2. to keep (a person) in the dark = to keep things secret, not to inform sb about sth

    3. to feel for someone = to care for sb, to like sb

    4. to drive at (to get at) = to mean, to intend, to mean to do or say-> yes :) or where are you heading (at)?

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    Re: interpretation of four idioms 2

    Hi ladybird987,

    Thank you for your prompt reply as well as for your comradely particularizations.

    Regards

    V.

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