Speak English Like an American » LESSON 23 - Bob Has a Surprise Visitor

Bob Has a Surprise Visitor

Bob's former boss Peter, from the furniture store, comes to visit. He offers Bob his old job back, but Bob's not interested.

Peter: Hi Bob. I was just in the neighborhood so I thought I'd stop by.

Bob: Come on in. Take a cookie.

Peter: Thanks. I'm glad to see you're not holding a grudge against me for firing you.

Bob: Not at all. At first, it burned me up. But I feel better now.

Peter: Good. I'm glad you have no hard feelings. How would you like your old job back?

Bob: What happened to your wonderful new manager?

Peter: She drank at work. By five o'clock, she'd be lying under a dining room table, three sheets to the wind. Yesterday, I finally got rid of her.

Bob: Let me get this straight. You replaced me with some crazy woman who got plastered every day on the job?

Peter: Yeah, I lost my head.

Bob: I don't think you lost your head. I just think you've got rocks in your head!

Peter: Bob, I'm trying to level with you. I never should've let you go.

Bob: No use crying over spilt milk.

Peter: So you'll come back and work for me?

Bob: Not on your life! Susan and I are very well off now. We just sold our new company for a small fortune!

  • at first
    in the beginning
    EXAMPLE 1: Nicole didn't like Don Quixote at first, but after 200 pages she started to get into it.
    EXAMPLE 2: Don't get discouraged if you don't succeed at first. The important thing is that you keep on trying!
  • (to) burn someone up
    to make someone angry
    EXAMPLE 1: Jenny didn't vote for Nicole. That really burns Nicole up.
    EXAMPLE 2: I can't believe Kristen and Andrew didn't invite us to their wedding. That really burns me up!
  • come on in
    EXAMPLE 1: Come on in, the door's open!
    EXAMPLE 2: If nobody answers the door when you ring tonight, just come on in.

    NOTE: This is a more conversational way of saying "come in."

  • (to) get plastered
    to get drunk
    EXAMPLE 1: Harold got plastered at the wedding and fell into the wedding cake.
    EXAMPLE 2: That's your fifth martini. What are you trying to do, get plastered?

    SYNONYMS: to get loaded [slang]; to get sloshed [slang]

  • (to) get rid of
    to free oneself of; to throw out
    EXAMPLE 1: We finally got rid of our spider problem, but now we have ants.
    EXAMPLE 2: I've got too many old magazines and newspapers in my office. I need to get rid of some of them.
  • (to) get (something) straight
    to clarify; to understand
    EXAMPLE 1: Are you sure you got the directions straight?
    EXAMPLE 2: Let me get this straight — you're leaving your husband?
  • (to) hold a grudge against (someone)
    to stay angry with someone about a past offense
    EXAMPLE 1: Nicole holds a grudge against Jenny for voting for Andrea instead of her.
    EXAMPLE 2: Julia held a grudge against her boyfriend for not bringing her flowers on Valentine's Day.
  • (to) let (someone) go
    to fire; dismiss employees
    EXAMPLE 1: The investment bank let Chris go after they discovering he was stealing erasers, paper clips, and other office supplies.
    EXAMPLE 2: The Xerxes Corporation was doing so poorly, they had to let many workers go earlier this year.
  • (to) level with (someone)
    to speak openly and honestly with someone
    EXAMPLE 1: Let me level with you. I'm voting for Andrea instead of you.
    EXAMPLE 2: I have a feeling you're not telling me the whole truth. Please just level with me.
  • (to) lose one's head
    to lose control of one's behavior; to not know what one is doing
    EXAMPLE 1: Nicole lost her head after losing the elections and started yelling at all her friends.
    EXAMPLE 2: Remember to stay calm before the judge. Don't get nervous and lose your head!
  • no hard feelings
    no anger; no bitterness
    EXAMPLE 1: After the elections, Andrea said to Nicole, "I hope there are no hard feelings."
    EXAMPLE 2: I know you were disappointed that I beat you in the golf tournament, but I hope there are no hard feelings.
  • no use crying over spilt milk
    there's no point in regretting something that's too late to change
    EXAMPLE 1: Nicole realized she'd made some mistakes with her campaign for president, but there was no use crying over spilt milk.
    EXAMPLE 2: Your bike was ruined in an accident? There's no use crying over spilt milk. You'll just have to buy a new one.
  • Not on your life!
    definitely not
    EXAMPLE 1: You want me to sit in that sauna for an hour? Not on your life!
    EXAMPLE 2: Thanks for offering me a job in Siberia. Am I going to take it? Not on your life!
  • on the job
    at work
    EXAMPLE 1: Jennifer has four men on the job painting her house.
    EXAMPLE 2: Dan got fired for drinking on the job.
  • (to) stop by
    to pay a quick visit
    EXAMPLE 1: I'm having some friends over for pizza tomorrow night. Why don't you stop by?
    EXAMPLE 2: Stop by my office on your way home tonight.
  • three sheets to the wind
    EXAMPLE 1: After drinking four beers, Bob was three sheets to the wind.
    EXAMPLE 2: Somebody needs to make sure Greg gets home safely. He's three sheets to the wind.

    SYNONYMS: wasted [slang]; liquored up [slang]; dead drunk

  • well off
    wealthy; financially secure
    EXAMPLE 1: Betsy's grandfather used to be very well off, but he lost most of his fortune when the U.S. stock market crashed in 1929.
    EXAMPLE 2: Debbie is a doctor and her husband is a lawyer. They're quite well off.
  • small fortune
    a good amount of money
    EXAMPLE 1: When her great aunt died, Anne inherited a small fortune.
    EXAMPLE 2: You won $25,000 in the lottery? That's a small fortune!
Practice The Idioms

Choose the best substitute for the phrase or sentence in bold:

  1. Nicole was very angry that she lost the election. Her mother told her there was no use crying over spilt milk.
    • a) there was no point in feeling bad about what can't be changed
    • b) she should think about all the mistakes she made
    • c) maybe she could still change the results
  2. Many people have died while climbing Mount Everest. Would I like to try it? Not on your life!
    • a) Not if it means you'll be risking your life!
    • b) Yes, definitely
    • c) No way!
  3. When Carol told Bob she could no longer sell Susan's Scrumptious Cookies, it really burned him up.
    • a) made him feel happy
    • b) made him feel sick
    • c) made him very angry
  4. Sara, I'm going to have to let you go. You come to work late every day and spend all day chatting with your friends.
    • a) fire you
    • b) give you more vacation time
    • c) yell at you
  5. One day, Nicole woke up with big red spots on her face. She didn't know how to get rid of them.
    • a) make more of
    • b) remove
    • c) encourage
  6. Thanks for coming to my party. Come on in!
    • a) See you later!
    • b) Go away!
    • c) Enter!
  7. Susan was three sheets to the wind. Bob told her not to drink any more pina coladas.
    • a) really drunk
    • b) very thirsty
    • c) feeling very tired
  8. Now that Bob is well off, he definitely won't be taking a job at McDonald's.
    • a) employed
    • b) feeling well
    • c) secure financially
Answer Key
Practice The Idioms
  1. a
  2. c
  3. c
  4. a
  5. b
  6. c
  7. a
  8. c
Answer Key
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