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By Harry Collis

This number of whimsically illustrated cartoons, dialogues, and narrative is in particular designed to boost American English comprehension and pronunciation abilities

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34 Sell Someone Short (underestimate someone) Just because he does not say very much is no reason to sell him abort. Actually, he's a profound thinker and a most talented writer. People tend to underestimate him and not give him the credit he deserves because they think he's shy. 35 Snow Job (insincere talk) The salesman tried to convince a group of investors that the properties he was selling would soon be worth much more money than he was asking. However, no one bought anything from him because they felt he was giving them a snow Job.

Would you please give me a hand? OK. And I need some help tidying up the house. How about your helping me out after that? OK. If you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. I know you don't like doing housework, but I'll help you with the boxes if you promise to return the favor. No problem. I'll even do the windows. 47 Hit the Ceiling (become very angry) Don's father hit the celling when he was informed that his son had been detained by the police for disorderly conduct. He became violently angry, since he had often warned his son not to keep company with that group of boys.

Much to the disappointment of his fans, he went down in defeat, losing to a competitor from the visiting team. 42 Bend Over Backwards (try very hard) When Joan first started teaching she was afraid that she would have a lot of trouble getting used to the kids and to the faculty. Her fears turned out to be unfounded, since everybody bent over backwards to help her. Everyone tried very hard to help her feel comfortable and adjust to the school. 43 Hit the Hay (go to bed) Listen, Kim. We're going to be really busy with moving tomorrow, and we've got to get an early start.

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