Don't be long

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 March, 2010, 12:00am

Long haul

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

3 long-johns

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.

Your choice

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).


March 10

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


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