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gitchy gitchy goo
an expression used to get babies to smile or laugh

Words & Phrases

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at hand

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the job or project you are working on at the moment

We need to concentrate on the job at hand.  We’ll worry about everything else later.

everything in moderation

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doing things in an average amount, such as exercising, eating, and sleeping

I don’t believe in diets. I prefer to eat a variety of foods, everything in moderation.  

fair and square

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being honest

He won the game fair and square without any cheating. 

figured as much

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that’s what I thought


Laura:  Where’s Robert?  

Carol:  Oh he’s outside checking to see if his new car is safe.  

Laura:  Oh …I figured as much!

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fill (someone) in

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give someone information about what is going on

Let me fill you in on the details of our trip.

for the record/just for the record

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wanting something to be formally known

Just for the record, we’ve been to Disneyland ten times, so let’s go to Magic Mountain this time.

from the get-go

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since the very beginning

From the get-go, we knew this was going to be a great project. (and) I knew from the get-go that their relationship would not last long.

get ahold of

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reaching someone that you need to talk to

I need to get ahold of Joe. He's got some of my tools, and I need them back.

girls' night out

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when girls go out somewhere without any guys

My sister makes sure she has a girls' night out once a month.

glass half full/half empty

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expresses a person’s viewpoint on things and whether it is positive or negative


Angela:  Do you tend to see things as half full or half empty?  

Annie:  I see the glass half full, so I guess I’m a pretty positive person.

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