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tutorheatherSuper Member!

United States

February 25, 2012

I just love idioms, and know that a lot of students "get a kick out of them" too.

To get a kick out of something or someone: To be amused


I get a kick out of spending time with my baby niece. She makes the funniest faces and is just starting to smile.

Believe it or not, I get a kick out of grammar. There are a lot of rules, but I love playing with sentences!

Here are a few more. Let's review some happy ones today since it's the weekend!

1. Pass with flying colors: If you pass something with flying colors, like a test, you have ACED it! You have exceeded your expecations as well as the teacher's or examiner's.


John (the student): Mr. King, how did I do on my math test?

Mr. King: You passed it with flying colors! Great job!

2. Reach for the sky: If you reach for the sky, you're setting high goals for yourself because you want to succeed


Our school  principal read an inspirational speech at our graduation ceremony. He said that life can be difficult sometimes, but we should always remember to reach for the sky. He said that each of us should believe that we can achieve great things!

3. Rise and shine!: Rise and shine means to get out of bed and greet the day.

It's a positive thing to say to someone who may be putting off getting out of bed because they are tired. By saying, "Rise and shine!" you're encouraging them to get out of bed and hopefully face the day with a positive attitude.


"Sometimes I feel so tired and I don't want to get out of bed to go to school. However, when I begin to smell coffee brewing I know that any minute my mom will come into my room and say "Rise and shine!" It's a nice way to start the day.

Random tip:

In my example for "Reach for the sky" I used the word "principal."

The words principal and principle are often confused.

A princiPAL is the head of a school.

A princiPLE is a rule or belief that governs a person's behavior.

Here is a great hint that helps people to remember the difference:

The man or woman who is the head of a school is the PRINCIPAL. "Pal" occurs at the end of the word. A pal is a friend or buddy. So, simply remember that your principal is your "pal" and you'll never feel confused again!

See you soon!

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