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Monday Night Owls - 21 November 2016 - 10 Common Sayings With Historical Origins
We read the stories behind 10 common sayings in English:
Vocabulary Top 11:
pit - to cause someone or something to fight or compete against another person or thing
pachyderm - a type of animal that has hooves and thick skin (like elephant, rhinocerous, hippopotamus, etc)
wield - to have and use power, influence, etc; to hold (something, such as a tool or weapon) in your hands so that you are ready to use it
ostensibly - seeming or said to be true or real but very possibly not true or real
triumph - a great success or achievement; a great or important victory
basking - to enjoy the attention and good feelings expressed by others; to lie or relax happily in a bright and warm place
escapade - an exciting, foolish, or dangerous experience or adventure
shorthand - a short or quick way of showing or saying something; a method of writing quickly by using symbols or abbreviations for sounds, words, or phrases
spree - a short period of time when you do a lot of something
penchant - a strong liking for something or a strong tendency to behave in a certain way
impede - to slow the movement, progress, or action of someone or something
Do you know the story behind any other common sayings or idioms?
Try using some of the sayings from the article in a sentence!