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    answer to a description/go to the dogs/take the trouble/stick at trifles

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    1. “Would you mind holding this box?” “Not in the least.” (I do not mind at all.)
    2. He doesn’t answer to the description of the missing man that appeared in the newspapers.
    to answer to a description = correspond to it, be as described
    3. “The country is going to the dogs, if you ask me.” (go to the dogs = deteriorate, decline; come to a bad end)
    4. “However, if you will take the trouble to read the society papers for this week, you will see that I am engaged to the honorable Lucy Popham, youngest daughter of .. (take the trouble = make the effort for something)
    5. He is not a man to stick at trifles when important matters are at hand.
    6. I trifled through the best years of my life. (to trifle = to make of no importance; to treat as a trifle)
    7. I like to trifle with a meal. (trifle with = to act without seriousess)
    8. Usually she trifles through the summer vacation. (trifle through = do nothing, idle away one’s time)
    9. A trifle is a dessert dish made from thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or, more recently, jelly (gelatin), and whipped cream.
    10. I am not a man to trifle with.
    11. Don’t trifle with your health.
    12. Put just the merest trifle of sugar in my tea. (just the merest trifle = an insignificant quantity)
    13. It cost a mere trifle. (a mere trifle = on the cheap)
    14. Don't waste time on trifles.
    15. The car is stuck fast in the mud. (to stick fast = to remain fixed)
    16. I stick by my friends. (to stick by = to be loyal to)
    17. I stick to my principles. (to stick to = to be loyal to)
    18. She stuck her head through the window. (to stick = to thrust)
    19. She stick to the subject. (to stick to = to limit oneself)
    20. Stick with me, and you will not get lost. (to stick with = to remain)
    22. The nail stuck out from the wall. (to stick out from = to protrude)
    21. His feet stuck out into the aisle. (to stick out into = to protrude)
    22. She stuck out her hand to us. (to stick out to = to extend)

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: answer to a description/go to the dogs/take the trouble/stick at trifles

    I found one mistake. # 19 should be She sticks

    Good Job!

    I am not a teacher.


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    Re: answer to a description/go to the dogs/take the trouble/stick at trifles

    [quote=vil;489671]Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?


    7. I like to trifle with a meal. (trifle with = to act without seriousess) Toy with, pick at the food.


    The rest are ok
    .

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