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Illustrations by

Luques Nisset

National Textbook Company
a division of NTC/CONTEMPORARY PUBLISHING GROUP Lincolnwood, Illinois USA

ISBN: 0-8442-0748-9 Published by National Textbook Company, a division of NTC/Contemporary Publishing Group, Inc., 4255 West Touhy Avenue, Lincolnwood (Chicago), Illinois 60712-1975 U.S.A. ©1994 by NTC/Contemporary Publishing Group, Inc. All rightsreserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of the publisher. Manufactured in the United States of America.

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Unit 1 Idioms from Colors Unit 2 Idioms from Food Unit 3 Idioms from NumbersUnit 4 Idioms from Parts of the Body Unit 5 Idioms from People Unit 6 Idioms from Animals Unit 7 Idioms from Geography Unit 8 Idioms from Recreation Unit 9 Idioms with the Word And Unit 10 Idioms from Household Items and Tools Unit 11 Idioms from Medicine 1 6 11 16 21 26 31 36 41 46 52 58 63 68 73 78

Unit 12 Idioms from Plants Unit 13 Idioms from Clothes Unit 14 Idioms from Time Unit 15 Idiomsfrom the Weather Unit 16 Idioms from around the House

Unit 17 Idioms with the Word As Unit 18 Idioms with Repetition Unit 19 Idioms with Words That Go Together I Unit 20 Idioms with Words That Go Together II Idioms Review Review for Units 1-3 Review for Units 4-6 Review for Units 7-9 Review for Units 10-12 Review for Units 13-15 Review for Units 16-18 Review for Units 19-20 Glossary of Idioms83 88 93 98 105 107 109 111 114 116 118 121



Idioms from Colors

Read the story. Then discuss the questions.

In the Red

The letter came out of the blue! I wasn't expecting it. But there it was in black and white, signed by the bank manager. I had no money in my checking account. I was in the red. I couldn't believe it. So I went to see the manager. We looked atthe problem together. The bank had made a mistake. It had put ten dollars into my account instead of one thousand dollars! Because it was the bank's mistake, there was no delay reopening my account. The manager cut through all the red tape. Now I had money in my account. And I had the green light to write checks again.

1. Does in the red mean to have enough money or to not have enough money?When a company is in the red, is it in trouble? 2. When you learn something out of the blue, is it a surprise?

Unit 1

Idioms from Colors


3. If doing something takes a lot of red tape, is it easy to do? Sometimes getting papers from the government takes a lot of red tape. Can you think of some examples of things that take red tape?

Each example has an idiom with a colorword. Read the example carefully to find the meaning of the idiom. Then look at the definitions that follow the examples. Write the idiom next to its definition. the black market You can go to the bank to change dollars. But if you change money on the black market, you often get more money for each dollar. I was alone on my birthday and feeling blue. Then Anny called and invited me out, and I feltbetter. The bank has given us the money. Now we have the green light to start the project. I was green with envy when I learned that Luis had won a trip to Europe. I couldn't believe it, but there it was in black and white, as clear as it could be. The letter said that I had won a trip to Europe. Theo earns a thousand dollars a week. He doesn't have to worry about having enough money. He's always inthe black. I never have enough money to pay my bills. I'm always in the red. The news of the factory's closing came out of the blue. No one was expecting it. When the movie star visited, our town rolled out the red carpet. There was a parade and a special dinner in her honor. Every time you want to get a new passport, you have to go through a lot of red tape. It's not easy and it takes a lot of...
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