Phrasal Expressions – Lesson 2

Phrasal Expressions : Lesson 2
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To dress up: to wear formal clothes, to dress very nicely.
ドレスアップする、おしゃれする Ex: He likes to dress up at the slightest opportunity. (彼はほんのちょっとした機会でも正装したがる。)
At last: finally, after a long time.
最後に、ついに、とうとう、やっと、ようやく Ex: At last, I found the book that I was looking for. (とうとう、私は探していた本を見つけた。)
As usual: as is the general case, as is typical.
いつものように Ex: As usual, Mike is late for school. (いつものように、マイクは学校に遅刻する。)
To find out: get information about, to determine. This idiom is seperable only when a pronoun is used.
発見する、解明する、調べる Ex: I’ll call and find out. (電話して確かめてみます。)
To look at: give one’s attention to; to watch.
見る Ex: Did you want to look at anything else? (他に見たかった[ご覧になりたかった]ものはありませんか?)
To look for: to try to find, to search for.
探す Ex:The journalist went into a town to look for interesting people to interview. (新聞記者は、面白いインタビューの相手を探して町に出た。)
All right: acceptable, fine, yes, okay. This idiom can also be spelled ‘alright’ in informal usage.
万事OKで、大丈夫で、申し分ない Ex: You’re all right now? (もう大丈夫ですか?)
All along: all the time, from the beginning (without change).
最初[初め]からずっと Ex: I knew all along that he was up to something. (私は、初めからずっと、彼が何かたくらんでいるのが分かっていました。)
Little by little: gradually, slowly (also: step by step).
少しずつ、徐々に Ex: He saved his money little by little. (
To tire out: to make very weary due to difficult conditions or hard effort (also: to wear out)
(人)をへとへとに疲れさせる、(人)をぐったりさせる Ex: The tedious work completely tired us out. (その退屈な仕事で私たちはすっかり消耗しました。)
To spend time: to do an activity over a period of time.
時間を過ごす Ex: I can afford to spend time on the Internet. (私にはインターネット上で過ごす時間的余裕がある。)
Never mind: don’t be concerned about it; ignore what was just said.
気にするな、心配するな Ex: Never mind if you make a mistake. (間違えても気にするなよ。)
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