Dry your eyes!

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 March, 2012, 12:00am


'Inside myself is a place where you renew springs that never dry up'

Pearl Buck (1892-1973) - American writer who spent many years in China

A dry run

'Dry' is the opposite of 'wet', but what do the following terms mean?

1 dry-cleaning

a. wet clothes hanging on a line to dry

b. clothes taken to a special shop to be cleaned using chemicals

2 a dry run

a. a rehearsal of an activity or performance

b. a hard-surfaced running track

3 dry rot

a. a sweet American cookie

b. a disease in wood caused by a fungus

4 dry wit

a. a cooking ingredient

b. a subtle sense of humour

5 a blow-dry

a. a type of kite

b. hair styled with a hairdryer

A blow-dry, please

Complete these sentences with the correct noun

1 Can I have a shampoo and (blow-dry/dry rot), please?

2 I'll drop the (dry-cleaning/dry wit) off at the laundry on my way to work.

3 All the woodwork in the church has (a dry run/dry rot). Something has to be done about it before it's too late.

4 Our teacher is very funny - but he has very (dry rot/dry wit).

5 We'll do (a dry run/a blow-dry) for the debate next week.

I'll dry the dishes

What do these verb phrases mean?

1 to dry up

a. to become very hot

b. to forget your words or run out of things to say

2 to dry the dishes

a. to cook a complicated meal

b. to use a towel to remove water from plates, knives and forks after they have been washed

3 to dry something out

a. to bake something in the oven

b. to leave let the air remove all the water from something wet

4 to squeeze somebody dry

a. to use up all of someone else's money

b. to give somebody a lot of praise

5 to leave somebody high and dry

a. to say goodbye to someone for the last time

b. to put someone in a bad situation

Role Playing

What would you say in the following circumstances? Use one of the phrases from the previous exercises.

1 Your bus driver abandons the class on a school trip to Shanghai.

2 Suggest that your dad dries the dishes after you have washed them.

3 Your little brother has spent all the money you have saved up.

4 You forgot all your words in the middle of the play.

5 Tell someone to make sure they do not put their wet socks on.

What are you saying?

What do you mean when you say:

1 It's as dry as a bone

a. It's very dry.

b. It's still a bit wet.

2 I'm home and dry

a. I still have a lot of work to do.

b. At last, I've done it!

3 Please dry your eyes!

a. Stop crying!

b. Give me a kiss!

4 It's about as interesting as watching paint dry

a. It's very exciting.

b. It's extremely boring.

5 There wasn't a dry eye in the house

a. Everyone was crying.

b. I was the only person laughing.

And finally ...

Add a second sentence onto each piece of dialogue below. For each question, use a sentence from the previous exercise.

1 I never watch golf on television ...

2 That movie was so sad ...

3 This cake must have been baked a week ago ...

4 I have finished all my history assignments for the month ...

5 I know you are very upset ...


A dry run: 1. b, 2. a, 3. b, 4. b, 5. b

A blow-dry, please: 1. blow-dry, 2. dry-cleaning, 3. dry rot, 4. dry wit, 5. dry run

I'll dry the dishes: 1. b, 2. b, 3. b, 4. a, 5. b

Role Playing

1 Our driver left us high and dry in Shanghai.

2 I'll wash the dishes, you dry up.

3 My little brother has squeezed me dry.

4 I dried up in the middle of the speech.

5 Dry out those socks before you put them on.

What are you saying?: 1. a, 2. b, 3. a, 4. b, 5. a

And finally ... 1. 4, 2. 5, 3. 1, 4. 2, 5. 3