Word Lists

20 -- 20/20 hindsight
having a better understanding of the way something should have been done after it has already occurred

Words & Phrases

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good point/point taken/point well taken

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acknowledging that someone’s statement or idea is a good one


Worker:  I think that it’s not right for every employee to have easy access to our important business files.  

Supervisor:  Point well taken.        

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get information from someone or something

We need to obtain your personal records before we can clear you for this job.

old school

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a reference to the way things used to be done

Why are you using email to send a short message instead of texting?  Emailing is so old school!


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having a viewpoint about something

I don't agree with their opinion about our coach. I think he's doing a great job.


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something that is more important than what it is being compared to

The long-term advantages of owning a hybrid can outweigh the expenses of driving a car that is not a hybrid.


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feeling that something is way too much -- both positive and negative

They were overwhelmed when they found out they were going to the United States. (and)  She was overwhelmed with the amount of work she had to do.


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a contradiction of terms

It never makes sense to me that we eat "jumbo shrimp" since 'jumbo' means really large while 'shrimp' means something very small. That’s definitely an oxymoron.

pan out

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what the result will be or what the result is


Son: Tell me what you think, dad.  I have the summer off, so I'm thinkin' of working at Uncle Bill's restaurant.  He wants me to work there all year round, but I don't want to make that commitment.

Dad:  Try it for the summer, and if it doesn't pan out, you can always go back to school. 

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say what someone else said or something that you read, in your own words

Could you paraphrase that please?  I don’t exactly understand.


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people who take part in something

There were ten participants in the tennis competition.