to hit the sack

American Idiom: to hit the sack

To hit the sack means to go to bed or to sleep.  You can also say to hit the hay, which means the same thing.

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to hit the sack/hay

Let’s talk tomorrow. I am really tired, and I need to hit the sack.

To hit the sack means to go to bed or to sleep.  You can also say to hit the hay, which means the same thing.

Here are example sentences :

I wasn’t able to hit the sack until very late last night because I had to study for my exam today.

Jane wanted to hit the sack early, so she didn’t go to the party with her friends last night.

Let’s do an exercise to better remember the Idiom.

For each question, replace a word or words in a sentence with the idiom so that the meaning of the sentence is not changed. You have five seconds per question.

Question 1:

Before you go to bed, please make sure to finish your homework.

Before you hit the sack, please make sure to finish your homework. Or, before you hit the hay, please make sure to finish your homework.

Question 2:

We need to get up early tomorrow. Let’s go to bed now.

We need to get up early tomorrow. Let’s hit the sack now. Or, let’s hit the hay now.

Practice makes perfect!

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to bite the bullet

American Idiom: to bite the bullet

To bite the bullet means to make oneself to do something undesirable, unpleasant, or unavoidable.

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to bite the bullet

I don’t like his class, but I need it to graduate. I’ll just have to bite the bullet and take his class.

To bite the bullet means to make oneself to do something undesirable, unpleasant, or unavoidable.

Here are example sentences :

My car broke down in the middle of nowhere. Even though I knew I was overcharged, I had to bite the bullet and pay up.

I don’t want to call Jennifer to give her the bad news, but I should bite the bullet and let her know.

Let’s do an exercise to better remember the Idiom.

For each question, replace a word or words in a sentence with the idiom so that the meaning of the sentence is not changed. You have five seconds per question.

Question 1:

I had an unbearable toothache, so I forced myself to do something undesirable and visited a dentist. 

I had an unbearable toothache, so I bit the bullet and visited a dentist.

Question 2:

She hates math, but she forced herself and took the required math classes in order to graduate.

She hates math, but she bit the bullet and took the required math classes in order to graduate.

Practice makes perfect!

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a dime a dozen

a dime a dozen

American Idiom: a dime a dozen

A dime a dozen refers to things that are plentiful, common, and easy to acquire. 

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a dime a dozen

In the beginning of the pandemic, face masks were hard to get. However, they are a dime a dozen now.

A dime a dozen refers to things that are plentiful, common, and easy to acquire.

Here are example sentences :

Many college graduates looking for a job are a dime a dozen. You must pay special attention to your cover letter and resume.Thomas is taking his time selecting the best cake for his sister’s wedding.

When the home team won the championship, seeing spectators hugging each other were a dime a dozen.

a dime a dozen

Let’s do an exercise to better remember the Idiom.

For each question, replace a word or words in a sentence with the idiom so that the meaning of the sentence is not changed. You have five seconds per question.

Question 1:

High paying jobs are not easy to get, but low paying ones are plentiful and easy to acquire.

High paying jobs are not easy to get, but low paying ones are a dime a dozen.

Question 2:

There are too many reality shows. They are very common.

There are too many reality shows. They are a dime a dozen.

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to take one’s time

American Idiom: to take one’s time

To take one’s time means to do something at one’s pace. It means to do something using as much time as one needs.

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Video Transcript

to take one’s time

You don’t need to rush. There’s no time limit on the test. Please take your time answering each question.

To take one’s time means to do something at one’s pace. It means to do something using as much time as one needs.

Here are example sentences :

Thomas is taking his time selecting the best cake for his sister’s wedding.

Patricia took her time getting ready for a party. She wanted to look her best for the party.

to take ones time

Let’s do an exercise to better remember the Idiom.

For each question, replace a word or words in a sentence with the idiom so that the meaning of the sentence is not changed. You have five seconds per question.

Question 1:

Don’t take as much time as you need to do a simple task. We don’t have all day.We have spent many hours talking about these errors. Let’s just start over from the beginning. 

Don’t take your time to complete a simple task. We don’t have all day.We have spent many hours talking about these errors. Let’s just go back to the drawing board.

Question 2:

We have a deadline to meet. You cannot do the project using as much time as you need. The investors strongly rejected our business plan. We need to redo our plan, starting over from the beginning. 

We have a deadline to meet. You cannot do the project taking your time.The investors strongly rejected our business plan. We need to redo our plan, going back to the drawing board.

Practice makes perfect!

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