ON THE UP AND UP
A person on the up and up is a sincere and honest individual.“ Felix, for instance, would never tell a fib. He's a man who is strictly on the up and up. Things, too, can be on the up and up, which is to say they are straightforward, honest and truthful. “Before you sign anything, it is a good policy to read it thoroughly to be sure everything is on the up and up,” Felix advised. “If you don’t, you might be fooled!” Here's an example of being fooled: The elevator doors opened and Felix stood looking at a stairway inside the elevator. He scratched his head. "Surely this is a joke," he said. "This cannot be on the up and up!"
© 2015 John B. & Ching Yee Smithback
* IDIOMS IN CATEGORIES
One of the problems about learning English is that the sort of thing you find in textbooks or in the classroom is usually "correct usage," whereas in real life you may think
you know English -- but then you turn on television, read a newspaper or hear people talking and discover you only understand half of what's going on.
* FUN WITH IDIOMS
If something is the cat's pajamas,
would that make you want to hurry out to paint the town red?
Or if you are bored to tears
and can't find your feet,
is that because you're a glutton for punishment?
These are idioms, and unless you know them they can make your head spin!
Yet expressions like these are an essential part of our language, adding color, vibrancy and punch to the way we speak and write.
* FUN WITH PROVERBS
What is a proverb? It is a succinct phrase that, through the years, has been used to express a meaning or a shade of meaning. Through the use of lighthearted illustrations and quirky prose, the husband and wife team of John and Ching Yee Smithback demonstrate the proverbs that have developed in the English language over hundreds of years.
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