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Vocabulary for the week Elem new
Idioms with the names
Not Know Jack
Meaning: Not know anything
Jason claims to have a lot of programming experience, but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know jack about databases.
The Real McCoy
Meaning: A genuine item
Be careful-there are a lot of counterfeit coins at the show. But this silver dollar is the real McCoy.
No Names, No Pack Drill
Meaning: By not accusing anyone specifically, I may avoid trouble.
Some women I know – no names, no pack drill – will judge a man purely by the size of his bank account.
Any Tom, Dick or Harry
Meaning: Any ordinary person
I wouldn’t give this job to any Tom, Dick, or Harry. I chose you because you have a talent for this kind of work.
Rob Peter to Pay Paul
Meaning: Pay off a debt with another loan; solve a problem in such a way that it leads to a new problem
My brother is addicted to drugs. He’s broke, robbing Peter to pay Paul – he’s really in trouble.
On the Fritz
Meaning: Not working properly
The machine is on the fritz – we’re going to have to sort the cans by hand.
Jack of All Trades
Meaning: A person with a wide variety of skills
Example: He’s a jack of all trades
– he’ll fix your car and then come in and program your computer.
Meaning: Owing nothing; tied (in a game)
There, I paid you the last two dollars I owe you. Now we’re even-steven.
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