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IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH: IDIOMS AND PHRASES (part-9)

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    June 20, 2013

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    A FINE KETTLE OF FISH: Just as a pot of fish will begin to stink if it stands for too long, so a problem that is neglected too long will be hard to fix; a mistake hard to remedy; a situation that is hard to get out of. “This is a fine kettle of fish.  Our daughter is pregnant, her boyfriend is in jail, and nobody quite knows what to do.” “Now you have got yourself into a fine kettle of fish. You’ve been caught cheating just before graduation and there’s no excuse.” “It’s a fine kettle of fish. You need one million for bail and all your accounts have been frozen, so it’s a dilemma that cannot be resolved.”

    A FINE STATE OF AFFAIRS!: A big problem; a situation that is hard to resolve; a set of conditions that have been allowed to arise but cannot so easily be made to cease. “This is a fine state of affairs! What are we going to say to your father when he finds out that you are in love with a married-man?” “This is a fine state of affairs. Your father did not leave a last will and testament and the family will be fighting over his assets for years to come.”

    A FLY IN THE OINTMENT: Just as there can be a fly in the ointment or balm used as a medicine, so there can be a problem in what is the solution. “When there is a fly in the ointment, we may still have to use it to treat the disease, but we don’t feel perfectly happy with the cure.” “Well, we’ve found a solution regarding the transfer of funds, but there’s a fly in the ointment because there will be tax increase of five percent.” “I got them to comply with the late payment agreement but there is a fly in the ointment because the agreement must be renegotiated before the next payment period.”

    A FREAK OF NATURE: Something that happens that does not follow the usual pattern of nature. “A man born with one eye in the middle of his forehead is a freak of nature.” “it is the hard to determine if someone born with mixed male and female body parts is a freak of nature.” “Even if a Tsunami tidal wave arises only once in a thousand years, it is not a freak occurrence. It is not a freak of nature because it happens in accordance with the laws of nature.”

    A FREE BIT OF ADVICE: A suggestion given that isn’t requested; an unsolicited opinion. “Let me give you free bit of advice. ‘Next time you want to open your mouth, remember that the teeth are at home when the mouth is closed.’” “Because I am older, let me give you a bit of free advice: ‘No older person ever gave any younger person any piece of useful advice.’”

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