Look lively

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 October, 2009, 12:00am

What sort of look?

What do the following expressions mean?

1 a black look

a. a look of anger and hate

b. a loving look

2 a look-alike

a. someone who looks upset

b. someone who is similar in appearance to someone else

3 a look-in

a. a glance behind you

b. a chance to do something

4 a look back

a. a recap of something that happened in the past

b. a preview of something that is going to happen in the future

5 a dirty look

a. an expression of disapproval

b. an expression of approval

6 a look ahead

a. a recap of something that happened yesterday

b. a preview of something that is going to happen in the future

Which look?

Complete these sentences.

1 My sister earns quite a lot of money as a Madonna (dirty look / look-alike).

2 Why are you giving me a (look ahead / dirty look)? Have I said something to offend you?

3 Let's take a (dirty look / look ahead) to next month's appointments.

4 He gave me such a (look back / black look) when I told him I didn't want to see him any more.

5 Can we have a (look back / look ahead) at last month's sales figures?

6 I didn't have a (look back / look-in) when it came to picking the winner.

7 I'd like you to take a (look back / a black look) at your poor performance last night.

Phrasal verbs

Can you match these phrasal verbs with their meanings?

1 to look down on someone

2 to look forward to something

3 to look into something

4 to look around somewhere

5 to look something up

a. to visit a place and look at the things in it

b. to examine the facts about something

c. to get bored by something

d. to feel pleased about something that's going to happen

e. to dread something happening

f. to think that someone is less important than you

g. to find out information about something

What are you saying?

Here are some interesting things to say. Use them when you can in conversation.

1 You look like something the cat brought in.

a. You look so beautiful

b. You look untidy and dirty

2 Look lively!

a. Hurry up!

b. Slow down!

3 He's looking daggers at me.

a. He's looking at me very angrily.

b. He's looking at me very suspiciously.

4 You look like death warmed up!

a. You look very pale.

b. You look very happy.

5 You look like a drowned rat.

a. You look very pleased.

b. You look very wet.

6 You look as though you've seen a ghost.

a. You look shocked.

b. You look calm.


Complete these pieces of dialogue.

1 What's frightened you? You


2 It's pouring down! Come inside. You


3 Are you not feeling well? You


4 You are so slow! Come on!


5 I've done nothing wrong. Why are you


Answers: October 21
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Thin time: 1. b, 2. b, 3. a, 4. a, 5. a, 6. a, 7. a, 8. b

Role playing: 1. Dad is having a thin time of it at work. 2. My brother appeared out of thin air. 3. Do you know you are skating on thin ice? 4. Your complaints are wearing thin. 5. My headache has vanished into thin air. 6. Good hockey players are thin on the ground.

Do I look thin: 1. My mother is thin-skinned. 2. These ginger biscuits are wafer/paper-thin. 3. I don't like seeing pencil thin models ...

4. He go into the government by a razor-thin margin. 5. You are too thin-skinned. 6. Kate Moss is thin as a rail these days. 7. This T-shirt is wafer/paper-thin. 8. The ice looks paper/wafer-thin.

Which thin: 1. a rail, 2. into thin air, 3. paper, 4. on thin ice, 5. wearing thin

Reading comprehension

1. c, 2. d, 3. b, 4. c