Archive | 07/28/2013

To be Cut Out for Something

Nacido para ser…

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Click on the image to watch the video, «Are you cut out to be an entrepeneur?» by Andrea Bolder

Meaning:

This idiom means that you are really suitable to perform a certain activity. All your personal traits, features and skills are appropriate for succeeding and being happy  at a specific job. It is like when we say that you were born for something.

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Click on the image to listen to the song, «Cut out to be» by A. Gray

Origin:

If a vocation were to be represented by a suit. Then, we could safely say that  if that suit is especially made for you, it should have to fit you like a glove. The suit was cut out for you.

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Click on the image to listen to the song, «Not cut out» by Katy McAllister

Example:

• My son kept saying, when he was a child, that  one day he would become a lawyer. The problem is that he is a very sociable and nice person who wants to help every one. Of course, he realized that his personality doesn´t  match with the attributes that are required to perform that job. He finally  understood that  he was not cut out to be a lawyer.
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Cough Up

Caerse con la lana / Soltar la sopa

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Click on the image to learn more about this idiom in The Free Dictionary

Meaning:

To give money or information away reluctantly or unwillingly.

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Click on the image to watch the video of the song «Cough it up» by Evarose

Origin:

This idiom dates back to the middle ages when the kings tax collectors went home to home. The peasants would do almost anything to keep what little gold they had, which included swallowing the coins in effort to conceal them. It didn´t take long for the collectors to catch up on this act and forced the people to regurgitate the swallowed gold. whether it was by minute amounts of poison or just by sticking their fingers down their throats the collectors made the peasants «cough up» what was hidden. If you owed money to the mafia during the XX century in the USA, they would go and break your legs to make you pay. Some police forces used torture to make you confess what they wanted to know.

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Click on the image to watch a video of the game «Cough Up a Lung» by Shyne & 40 Gloc Diss

Example:

•Johnny owes me $200 bucks but he keeps making excuses to pay. I will post on the net that he owes me and I will recommend everybody not to lend him any money. I think that way I can force him to cough up.
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Clear the Air

Limpiar el ambiente / Crear un buen ambiente

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Click on the image to lear more about this idiom with The Phrase Finder

Meaning:

If you want to clear the air, you try to remove the causes of anger, worry, fear or suspicious by taking all the necessary steps to create a nice environment in the organization.

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Click on the image to watch the video of the song «Clear the air» by Jacco Gardner

 

Origin:

There are times in which we are in a closed place and any reason, the air gets polluted. It might be because of dust or smoke. Then, we open the windows to clear the air. Figuratively speaking, by  1380, John Wyclif wrote that “winds of truth should blow away heresies, and clear the airs of holy church, which is now full troubled…”

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Click on the image to watch the report «Let´s Clear the Air» by MSNBC

 

Example:

• After all the problems between the two countries, the new prime minister has decided to pay a friendly short visit to his counterpart, the main objective of the trip being just to clear the air.  

 

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Click on the image to watch the video of the song, «Clear the Air» by Off with their heads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Chip Off the Old Block

De tal palo, tal astilla / Hijo de tigre, pintito

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Click on the image to watch how a chip of the old block is used in the Angry Birds Game

Meaning:

A child who looks and behaves as his own father does.

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Click on the image to watch a part of the movie «Chip off the old block» with Donald Connor

Origin:

This old expression goes back to the Greek times. A chip is a piece from a block of stone or a big log of wood. If you chip off the block, you take or cut a piece of it. Of course, that this chip would have the same qualities and properties that the old block has since it comes straight from it.

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Click on the image to watch the catoon «24 chips off the old block» Metro-Goldwin Mayer Productions

Example:

• Look at John Jr. he wears the same kind of clothes as his father does. He cuts and brushes his hair in the same way as his father does. He even likes to chew toothpicks as his father does and if you look at him, he asks you the same question his father would, “Do you have a cow with me?” It goes without saying that John Jr. is a chip off the old block.
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