Dry your eyes!
Compiled by John Millen
'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?
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
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
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