1) To lead someone up the garden
path He really led me up the garden path.
a) He lied to me and
b) He showed me around
his new house.
2) Everything but the kitchen sink When my wife goes on holiday, she takes everything but the
a) When my wife goes on
holiday, she likes to go camping and self-catering
b) When my wife goes on
holiday, she takes too many things with her.
3) To get on like a house on fire My boss and I get on like a house on fire.
a) I’m always arguing
with my boss.
b) I have a very good
relationship with my boss.
4) To eat someone out of house and home Our son eats us out of house and home.
a) Our son never eats at
b) Our son has a very
5) To be on the house Would you like a drink on the house?
a) Can I offer you a
b) Would you like to
have a drink on our roof terrace?
6) To have a skeleton in the cupboard / in the closet I think our neighbours have a lot of skeletons in their cupboard.
a) I think our
neighbours have a lot of unpleasant secrets.
b) I think our
neighbours are serial killers.
7) To throw money down the drain If you invest money in that business, you’ll be throwing it down
a) It’s a way to save
b) It’s a way to waste
8) To bring home the bacon Who brings home the bacon in your family?
a) Who buys the meat in
b) Who earns the money
in your family?
9) To be home and dry That was a good meeting. We’re home and dry now.
a) We got very wet
having the meeting outside in the rain, but now that we’re home we
can get dry.
b) The meeting was
successful and we don’t expect any problems in the future.
10) Make yourself at home Make yourself at home! Can I get you a drink?
a) Make yourself
b) Take off your
clothes and have a shower.
path = sendero / drain = desagüe,
Check your answers.
Listen and repeat to practise pronunciation.
House or Home?
describes a particular type of building. Home is the place where you live and feel that you belong to.
We use the noun house to refer to a building:
- They’re building two new houses at the end of our street.
When we refer to being at someone’s house, we can leave out the word
house and use at + possessive or at + the definite article +
- We stayed overnight at Helen's. (at Helen's house)
We use home in a more personal and emotional way to refer to where
someone lives. The noun home does not usually refer to the building.
We often use home with the preposition at:
- It’s not very nice but it’s my home.
- Why don’t you phone him now? I think he's at home.