Today's Callan

Broke

Synonyms:
bankrupt

Conversation 1

A: Are you going to come to the pub tonight?

B: No, I can’t. I haven’t got any money.

A: How come you’re broke, you only got paid two days ago?

B: Oh, I went to Star City and had a bad night!

A: I see, well that’s what you get for gambling!

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Mind one’s own business

Meaning:
not to interfere with, or ask questions about, other people’s business or private life

Synonyms:
none of your business

Sentences:

I was just walking down the road, minding my own business, when I was attacked by a mugger.

He asked me how old I was. I told him he should mind his own business.

It’s my life. Mind your own business.

Excuse me. Would you please mind your own business and stop staring?
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couldn’t care less

Meaning:
if is of no important to [me]; it does not worry [me]

Synonyms:
could care less [Mainly used in America]
don’t give a tinker’s damn
(I don’t give a tinker’s damn about your opinions, I’m doing it my way.)
don’t give a tinker’s cuss
(I don’t give a tinker’s cuss about your opinions, I’m doing it my way.)

Sentences:
She has lost her job, but she says she couldn’t care less, as she can easily find another.

I couldn’t care less about the editor’s opinion.

To be honest, I couldn’t care less about who becomes our next president.
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Go round the bend

Meaning:
to be/become mentally confused or unable to act in a reasonable way

Examples:
be round the bend, go round the bend, something(someone) drive someone round the bend

Synonyms:
around the bend; crazy, flustered, frustrated, go mad, become mad

Sentences:
If I have any more problems on top of those I already have, I shall just go round.

I shall go round the bend with all this work

If I’d stayed there any longer I’d have gone round the bend.
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Feel down in the dumps

Meaning:
be feeling very depressed and miserable

Examples:
be down in the dumps
Be feeling down in the dumps

Synonyms:
Feel down in the mouth
Feel low
Feel unhappy

Sentences:
Over the last few weeks I’ve been feeling rather down in the dumps.

What do you do when you feel down in the dumps?

I’ve been feeling down in the dumps ever since I lost my job.

What’s wrong with Mandy? She’s been looking a bit down in the mouth all day.
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Get on one’s nerves

Meaning:
make one feel angry and nervous.

Examples:
The noise those children make gets on my nerves.

Synonym:
annoy, irritate(irritate one’s nerve), bother、provoke

Sentences:
The noise those children make gets on my nerves.

There’s an insect buzzing around in my bedroom tonight, and it’s really getting on my nerves.

My younger sister gets on my nerves. I find her so annoying!

That loud music really gets on my nerves.

There were times when I got on her nerves and she got on mine.

I must say, his slow work always gets on my nerves.
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Snag

Meaning:
a standing, partly or completely dead tree, a tree or a part of a tree that protrudes above the surface in a body of water. A snaggletooth, a break, pulls, or tears in fabric. A snag can be a small problem or disadvantage. In Australia a snag is a link sausage.
「Let’s take snags and beer for BBQ.」

Examples:
run into a snag, hit a snag, snag in the plan, strike a snag, come up against a snag

Synonym:
hitch, crimp, cropper, difficulty, disadvantage
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Fed up

Meaning:
sick and tired, and bored
Unable or unwilling to put up with something any longer:

Examples:
Be fed…, become fed…, Be fed up with…

Synonym:
annoyed, discontented, or bored, cheesed off
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Hang on

Meaning:
‘Hang on’ simply means ‘wait’ but it usually means to wait for a short time.

Conversation 1
a: “Are you ready to go yet?
b: “No, hang on while I find my keys.
a: “Ok, but hurry up!”
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Pull someone’s leg

Meaning:
=to tease someone
= to play a trick on someone

When you pull a person’s leg you are making fun of him, usually in a good-humored way

Conversation 1
Aussie: Did you know that those cockatoos attack humans?
Tourist: Really? (Scared)
Aussie: Nah! Just pulling your leg! (^^)
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