Good health is a great asset.
She is very resilient to change.
He should face up to the fact that he is no longer young.
She was very reluctant to admit the truth.
I’m a bit of hazy about what to do next.
I don’t think he’s yet found his niche.
They all had to take part, willy-nilly.
You can’t dictate to people how they should live.
This could have grave consequences.
*This experience can embarrass some people to tears.
It’s a pity the two concerts clash; I want to go to both of them.
Our journey home was pretty traumatic.
The tried children trailed along behind their parents.
a flippant answer, remark, attitude
All her appeals for help fell on deaf ears.
a saturnine face, frown
smooth one’s knotted brows
The expression on her face was a (dead) give-away.
It’s hard to tell with her.
The news plunged us into despair.
*The action or analysis of others puts doubt in your mind and erodes self-confidence.
self-confidence undermined by repeated failures.
The bad news cast a shadow on/over our meeting.
What a downer that guy is!
Woe betide anyone who arrives late.
send a man into his doom
All hope had fled.
*We can so easily flee from everything that we desire and which life so generously places before us.
hopes that crumbled to dust
dash/shatter sb’s hopes
descend into chaos
Drug-taking is a form of escapism for some people.
An odour of corruption hangs about him.
His criminal record does not dispose me to trust him.
living in utter degradation
Astrologers claim to be able to divine what the stars hold in store for us.
I can see trouble in store.
*Her sixth sense told her not to mention Lorens.
I’ve finally nailed the myth of his infallibility.
*wear a face mask to prevent oneself from contracting swine flu
He has many obsessions.
young people adrift in our big city
*feel scared stiff because you couldn’t find anyone with whom to share your life.
have a bit of a mope
a lurking suspicion
at the crucial moment
a flash of inspiration, intuition
a peculiar feeling that one has been here before
divine sd’s thoughts, sb’s intentions, the truth
discern sb’s true intentions
By then, the team was scenting victory.
a gleam of hope
feel the fog lifting
*She sat for a long time staring at the kitchen wall before subsiding into convulsive soothing sobs.
Don’t rake up the past.
an encrusted wound
Let’s set aside my personal feelings.
pangs of jealousy, remorse, guilt, conscience.
*A wave of terror seemed to rise up from her belly and spread through her body.
*At one point, he had even been tempted to go over and embrace her, to shield her from her terror.
*I’m afraid of committing myself.
(Because you want to follow all possible paths and so end up following nothing.)
*She had the sense of a wall coming down, a feeling that, from then on, everything would be permitted.
Her suffering pierced their hearts.
She paid the repair bill as a salve to her conscience.
They exploited her generosity shamelessly.
He came to see me on/under the pretext of asking my advice when he really wanted to borrow money.
His words certainly stung (her).
You’ll feel as if you’ve been helping someone to no avail.
Promises are made and broken, much to your chagrin.
Life isn’t a bed of roses.
*Another ditch in the road, you keep moving
Another stop sign, you keep moving on
And the years go by so fast
Wonder how I ever made it through
*be translated into an initiative for self-development
She painted a rosy picture of the firm’s future.
nurse feelings of revenge, hopes of promotion
Comparisons are odious.
give utterance to one’s feelings, thoughts, views
You can finally discharge a debt and breathe a sigh of relief.
*and that first desire was now dwindling in importance with each week that passed
After her mother’s funeral, she felt a profound sense of relief and closure.
The gentle music was a balm to his ears.
Nothing could console him when his pet dog died.
When are you going to tackle your brother about that money he owes me?
I have to summon (up) all my nerve to see my boss.
I’m in rather bad odour with my boss at the moment.
The specter of unemployment was always on his mind.
*the difficulties, pressures, temptation that beset us
I can’t get off the office treadmill.
a drab evening, existence, personality
*The grass needs cutting off, but I can’t be bothered to do it.
Set mundane tasks aside.
*When you don’t do this, you can get stuck in the rut of everyday.
brush the thought aside
be prone to getting pre-event jitters
*He is slow to anger and impossible to pacify.
a shy person who avoids all human intercourse
That’s why she shies from human affection.
Her manner was always evasive; she would never look straight at me.
*a person you would normally shy away from
She was wary of strangers.
shackled by outdated attitudes
I get very strung up before an exam.
be, feel, get run-down
*began to feel the fatigue of so many hours under tension
*and there would be a lessening of tension
Exhausted, he flopped (down) into the nearest chair.
I’ve overworked at the moment – I’ve taken too many commitments.
When he heard the news, he reacted with a sense of outrage.
The news sent the blood pulsing through his veins.
All his blood drained from his face.
That music really sends me!
rejoice at sb’s success
*struggled to contain her excitement
I wouldn’t swap places with him for anything.
My sentiments exactly!
accompanied all this with a few affirmative grunts
The story tickled her fancy/ curiosity
have a sentimental attachment to one’s birth-place
Old memories stirred as she looked at the photographs.
A smile animated her face.
She always seems to have an aura of happiness.
She was giddy with happiness.
*The more time Brida spent with Wicca,
the more aware she became of what a very pretty woman she was.
He contemplated what the future would be like without the children.
a watch with sentimental value
Her thoughts wandered back to her youth.
But her thoughts were elsewhere.
*She felt full, complete, as if the whole landscape were seeping into her soul.
lost in the mists of time
send sb to sleep