Compiled by John Millen
'I never take any exercise except sleeping and resting.' - Mark Twain (1835-1910), American writer
What is ...?
1 an outtake
a. the first part of a movie that contains credits
b. part of a movie that is removed because it contains mistakes
a. refusal to do what someone else suggests
b. willingness to accept other people's ideas and drop some of your own
3 a double take
a. look at something, then look a second time because you can't believe what you saw the first time
b. the second of two buses for the same place that arrived soon after the first
4 a takeoff
a. a humorous imitation of a person or situation
b. a discount
5 a takeaway
a. money that you spend on rubbish
b. food that you buy from a restaurant and take home to eat
Match these phrasal verbs with their meanings below.
1 to take a break
2 to take umbrage
3 to take centre stage
4 to take the plunge
5 to take a spill
6 to take the mickey out of someone
a. to make fun of someone
b. to become the centre of attention
c. to be upset because you think someone has been rude to you
d. to fall or trip
e. to have a rest from doing something
f. to decide to do something after thinking about it for a long time
Complete these sentences using words and phrases from the previous exercises.
1 I couldn't believe what she was wearing. I did (an outtake / a double take) when I saw her.
2 I'm going to apply for that job. I've decided to take (umbrage / the plunge) and go for it.
3 I'm not going to the restaurant tonight after work. I'm going to get a (takeaway / takeoff).
4 How did I break my arm? I took (centre stage / a spill) from my horse.
5 I hate him when he (takes the mickey / takes umbrage) out of me.
6 Betty does a really good (give-and-take / takeoff) of Britney Spears. It's hilarious.
Match the following phrases to the definitions below.
1 take a running jump
2 take a pew
3 take your pick
4 that takes the biscuit
5 take it easy
a. If you think I'm going to do that, you're mistaken.
b. Relax and don't work too hard.
c. Sit down.
d. That is really surprising and annoying.
e. The choice is yours.
Complete these statements with a phrase from the previous exercise:
1 You look ill. Don't worry so much and ____________________________.
2 You want me to lie to Dad about what you've done? ____________________________.
3 Mum's been opening your private letters? I don't believe it! ____________________________.
4 Come in! Welcome to my new flat! ____________________________.
5 We've got chocolate ice cream, fruit or lemon meringue pie for dessert. ____________________________.
Take One: 1. b, 2. b, 3. a, 4. a, 5. b
Take Two: 1. e, 2. c, 3. b, 4. f, 5. d, 6. a
Take Three: 1. a double take, 2. the plunge, 3. takeaway, 4. a spill, 5. takes the mickey
Take Four: 1. a, 2. c, 3. e, 4. d, 5. b
Take Five: 1/5, 2/1, 3/4, 4/2, 5/3