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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
Learn English in February

splash out

Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 2,354 ✭✭✭✭
edited April 2017 in Phrasal Verbs
en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/splash_out
phrasal verb British informal

Spend money freely.

... He splashed out on racing cars www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2357844/Lotto-lout-Michael-Carroll-takes-204-week-job-biscuit-factory-squandering-10m-jackpot.html#ixzz4dvRiSeyZ

... Camden Council to splash out on new parks www.camdenadvertiser.com.au/story/4587010/council-to-splash-out-on-new-parks/

... We went to an expensive restaurant and SPLASHED OUT to celebrate hwww.usingenglish.com/reference/phrasal-verbs/splash+out.html

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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,304 mod
    What have you splashed out on lately @Practical_Severard?
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 2,354 ✭✭✭✭
    > What have you splashed out on lately @Practical_Severard?

    On a Hewlett-Packard laptop computer, @Lynne . My old one was slow and kept resetting all the time while out of use. On the other hand, I could still use it. My only excuse is that I sometimes need a laptop computer to work on weekends.
  • sarahsarah Posts: 16 ✭✭
    we have splashed money out till we are in red now ( correct me)
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,767 ✭✭✭✭
    I'm thinking about splashing out on a desktop @Practical_Severard. I don't have much space though. I used to have a TV that could be used as a screen for my computer, so something like this might be useful.
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 2,354 ✭✭✭✭
    > @mheredge said:
    > I'm thinking about splashing out on a desktop @Practical_Severard. I don't have much space though. I used to have a TV that could be used as a screen for my computer, so something like this might be useful.

    Now there're many small desktops on the market, @mheredge, and certainly, this is a good choice over a laptop from the perfomance/price, upgradeability and lifespan angles of view. Still, I'd double check that using a TV as a computer screen is comfortable. Especially, if this is a family TV in a living room.
  • nomad81nomad81 Posts: 565 ✭✭✭
    I think about it, I am going to splash out on a new Kindle. I have got an one but I want a new with illuminated screen. But one little problem; how explain it to my wife :)
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,767 ✭✭✭✭
    You should be able to justify it if it is better for your eyes @nomad81.

    That is a good point @Practical_Severard given where I would sit to watch TV is not at the table like I would be using the computer. I don't have to worry about anyone else though, as I live alone.
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 2,354 ✭✭✭✭
    > That is a good point @Practical_Severard given where I would sit to watch TV is not at the table like I would be using the computer. I don't have to worry about anyone else though, as I live alone.
    Normally, the larger monitor you have, the further you need to be sitting in front of it. A large L-shaped desk may be needed.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,767 ✭✭✭✭
    Well my arms are not that long so I will be looking for a small monitor @Practical_Severard. I don't like having a screen dominate the room in any case.
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 2,354 ✭✭✭✭
    > @mheredge said:
    > Well my arms are not that long so I will be looking for a small monitor @Practical_Severard. I don't like having a screen dominate the room in any case.

    I think that's a wise decision. Most users are ok with 17-20 inches monitors depending on what they do with their desktops.
  • nomad81nomad81 Posts: 565 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge After thinking, I stay with my old Kindle until it won't break down. I afraid that additional illuminate can not suit me. I have got a new idea, I want to buy a new SSD disc to my notebook.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,767 ✭✭✭✭
    I have just splashed out on a little Chromebook that I intend to use when travelling.

    I just read this interesting article for anyone thinking of splashing out on a laptop for studying.

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/askjack/2017/jun/15/buying-laptop-for-student-university
  • oscar001oscar001 Posts: 91 ✭✭✭
    Last Christmas, I splashed out on going skiing to the French Pyrenees.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,767 ✭✭✭✭
    How was it @oscar001? I'm a bit nervous about skiing as I value my knees for hiking too much to risk downhill skiing. I'd quite like to learn more cross-country skiing though. I'm lucky to live not far from the Alpes Maritimes in the south of France, so maybe this winter.
  • oscar001oscar001 Posts: 91 ✭✭✭
    I prefer alpine skiing @mheredge . However, I once tryed cross-country skiing and it's really beatiful. I attended a beginners lesson and I really enjoyed it. My alpine skiing knowledge was really useful to slow down. It can be a bit hard depending on the route you choose to follow. It is a completely different way of enjoying the mountain (the forest mainly). I wish we all can enjoy the snow the way like most this winter.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,767 ✭✭✭✭
    Slowing down is different with cross country skiing @oscar001 but I found knowing how to do it from downhill skiing helped a bit. Going up was tougher though.
  • oscar001oscar001 Posts: 91 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge , what I learnt in that beginner lesson was that to slow down just use the Wedge Christi technique. And that is exactly the same as in downhill skiing (for beginners as well). So, as a downhill skier, I didn't have any problems to slow down in cross-country skiing.
    As for going up, you're right. It's harder, but if you want to enjoy a thrilling or relaxing slope down you have first to make an effort to go up.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,767 ✭✭✭✭
    Do you mean the 'snow plough' @oscar001? I never had any problem with this technique to slow down.
  • pardhapardha Posts: 6
    I splashed out on subscribing online tutorials for skill improvement. But after a few months I realized that it is not worthy unless we use it completely.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,767 ✭✭✭✭
    My friend is thinking of splashing out for her birthday by staying at a very nice hotel with the most beautiful view of the Fishtail Mountain and Annapurna mountains.
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 2,354 ✭✭✭✭
    @pardha, @mheredge,
    My laptop's LCD matrix is broken, so I have to splash out for a new one. Luckily, I have a colleague who can install it for me.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,767 ✭✭✭✭
    I might have to splash out on a new tablet in due course as the old one is starting to show its age.
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,966 ✭✭✭✭
    Making an example sentence using “splash out”

    I’ve been splashing out on electric bills this summer, because we have a new member in the family, our dog, who are always left alone in the house during the day, needs the living room to be air conditioned well.
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 2,354 ✭✭✭✭
    This month I splashed out on a small walk-behind tractor and its implements in the course of my project to make the country house's plot soil more fertile. But it turned out too weak, for now, at least. Probably, after a cycle or two of green manuring that limy soil will be softer!
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,767 ✭✭✭✭
    I splashed out on a little bum bag today. It was quite pricey but useful and actually looks quite stylish. I don't know why it's called a bumbag though as I always wear it as a 'tumbag'.
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 2,354 ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2019
    Yesterday was my wife's birthday, therefore I splashed out on presents, a silk scarf and a zippable wallet. Surprisingly, Michael Kors make more practical things for a half of price of an older brand.

    There were many enough men in bussines suits ailmlessly wandering around on the shop's ground floor which hosted ladies' bag and leather accessories as well as jewellery. I bet lady visitors had much fun on seeing them!

    I had to get there after office, luckily these shops work up to 10 p.m. That part in the downtown is full of boutiques which worl similar hours. It was jentrified, pedestrianised and anything in the past two years, so yesterday it was full of strolling people.
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 2,354 ✭✭✭✭
    mheredge said:

    I don't know why it's called a bumbag though as I always wear it as a 'tumbag'.

    I think it's because that after the wearer's loosened the belt it becomes a bumbag. Many people don't tighten it up to fit their waists.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,767 ✭✭✭✭
    Actually I think maybe when people realised how impractical it was to wear them on their bum, and provide an invitation to pickpockets, sensible people wear them where they can see them.
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