Don't be long
Written by John Millen
What are the following?
1 a long-haul flight
a. an exhausting journey that lasts for hours
b. a flight that stops through many countries
2 a long memory
a. therapy to improve your memory
b. the ability to remember events that happened a while ago
a. men's underpants with long legs
b. water-proof pants for fishing
4 a long-term relationship
a. a relationship that has weathered through the years
b. a relationship that comes with certain terms and agreements
5 a long weekend
a. a weekend spent away from home
b. a weekend that includes Friday and Monday
6 a long drink
a. a drink that has alcohol mixed in it
b. any cold drink served in a tall glass
A list as long as your arm
What are the meanings of these verbal phrases?
1 to have a list as long as your arm
a. to have a list of important things to do
b. to have an endless list of anything
2 to be long in the tooth
a. to be pleased about something
b. to be old, often too old, to do something
3 to take the long view
a. to look at something through very strong glasses
b. to think about the effects something will have in the future, not just in the present
4 to make a long story short
a. not to give the full details of an event
b. to tell a bad lie
5 to take a long, hard look at something
a. to dismiss an idea as being useless
b. to examine something very carefully
It's a long story
Which of the phrases in Part B would describe the sentences in Part A?
a. He's going to be very successful.
b. I haven't seen you for quite a while.
c. You look very sad and miserable.
d. We've known each other for many years.
e. I don't want to explain everything to you because it would take too much time.
f. We've got a lot of work ahead of us.
g. It's no use discussing this further because we have to do it anyway.
1 Long time no see.
2 You've got a long face.
3 It's a long story.
4 We've got a long way to go.
5 The long and short of it is that we have no choice.
6 We go back a long way.
7 He's going to go a long way.
Which are the correct words to complete these sentences?
1 I'm really thirsty. Could I have a (long weekend / long drink), please?
2 We've got to take a (long story / long, hard look) at this proposal before we decide what to do.
3 Don't you think you're a bit (long in the tooth / long in the arm) to wear low-waist jeans?
4 We're going to be hours at the supermarket. Mum has (a list as long as your arm / a long view).
5 I've never had a (long arm/ long-term relationship).
6 I'm getting a bit (long view / long in the tooth) for (long drinks / long-haul flights).
Hot sausage and mustard: 1. b, 2. b, 3. b, 4. a, 5. a, 6. b
Cold jelly and custard: 1. a, 2. b, 3. a, 4. a, 5. a
Foodie choice: 1. comfort food, 2. food poisoning, 3. foodie, 4. free from food additives, 5. off my food.
Don't spoon feed me: 1. b, 2. e, 3. a, 4. b, 5. c