Worksheets: Writing Workout: Figurative Language
“Get back together” means “to start a relationship with somebody again”. Example: I just got back together with my ex-girlfriend.
"Meet a deadline" means "to finish something by a specific time or date".
“Get about” means “to visit many places”. Example: I get about a lot with my job - last year I visited ten countries.
“Get back at” means “to punish someone who did something to you”. Example: I think John is trying to get back at Hank for what he said in the meeting.
“On the tip of your tongue” means “about to be said or almost remembered”. Example: John had the answer on the tip of his tongue, but Ann said it first.
“Put on” means “to try to make someone believe something that is not true”. Example: Don’t believe that. He’s putting you on!
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“Skirt the rules” means “to avoid the rules without breaking them”. Example: I consulted my lawyer to make sure that I was only skirting the rules, and not breaking them.
“Old maid” is an old woman who has never been married or has never had a sexual relationship. Example: Jody is fifty years old and still not married. I think she’s destined to be an old maid.