Learn English through story: The clever wife

There lived a Woman whose Husband had a bad habit. The man would drink a lot every day. This caused him to lose his normal senses for most of the time. The Woman tried many times to help him get out of this habit.

But all her efforts went in vain! Every night, someone else would have to bring him back home. One such night when he was brought home, the Woman had him carried to a grave in the neighbourhood. She thought she could teach him a good lesson by frightening him and then he would stop his bad habit. Then she dressed herself in a dark-coloured dress.

She wore a mask upon her face. She waited for him to wake up. When the Woman saw her Husband returning to his senses, she moved towards him with a serious face. Then, she gave him some food to eat and spoke loudly,

"Get up and eat, it is my job to bring food for the dead." The Husband was very scared. He ran home at once. From that day onwards, he gave up his bad habit.

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Learn English through story: Patience

A man observed a woman in the grocery store with a three year old girl in her basket. As they passed the cookie section, the little girl asked for cookies and her mother told her no. The little girl immediately began to whine and fuss, and the mother said quietly, "Now Monica, we just have half of the aisles left to go through; don't be upset. It won't be long." Soon they came to the candy aisle, and the little girl began to shout for candy. And when told she couldn't have any, began to cry.

The mother said, "There, there, Monica, don't cry–only two more aisles to go, and then we'll be checking out." When they got to the check-out stand, the little girls immediately began to clamor for gum and burst into a terrible tantrum upon discovering there'd be no gum purchased.

The mother patiently said, "Monica, we'll be through this check out stand in 5 minutes and then you can go home and have a nice nap." The man followed them out to the parking lot and stopped the woman to compliment her. "I couldn't help noticing how patient you were with little Monica," he began. Whereupon the mother said, "I'm Monica . . . my little girl's name is Tammy."

Learn English through story: Training New fire fighter

A new fire fighter was being trained by an old fire chief. "How would you react if a sudden fire flared up on the front of the building?" asked the fire chief. "Break out a fire hose and start spraying it, chief." answered the new fire fighter.

"How would you react if another fire flared up in the back of the building?" asked the fire chief. "Break out another fire hose and start spraying it, chief." answered the new fire fighter. "And if another huge fire flared up in the basement, how would you react?" asked the fire chief.

"Break out another fire hose." answered the new fire fighter. "Now wait a minute, son," said the fire chief. "Where are all these fire hoses coming from?" The new fire fighter answered, "The same place where all of the fires are coming from, chief."

Learn English through story: Self punishment

A young lieutenant was passed by a private, who failed to salute.

The lieutenant called him back, and said sternly: You did not salute me. For this you will immediately salute two hundred times. At this moment the General came up.

What's all this? he exclaimed, seeing the poor private about to begin. The lieutenant explained. This ignoramus failed to salute me, and as a punishment, I am making him salute two hundred times.

Quite right, replied the General, smiling. "But do not forget, sir, that upon each occasion you are to salute in return."

Meaning of abide by

*** abide by (something)

*** Explanation *** to follow the rules of something

Meaning of a riddle wrapped up in an enigma


a riddle wrapped up in an enigma

1. (idiomatic) Something very mysterious and hidden.

Meaning of a week from next Tuesday


a week from next Tuesday

1. (idiomatic) Some unspecified time in the future.

2. (idiomatic, usually preceded by until) Forever.

Meaning of a scholar and a gentleman


a scholar and a gentleman (plural scholars and gentlemen)

1. (idiomatic) an admirable person

Meaning of a Roland for an Oliver

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a Roland for an Oliver (plural Rolands for Olivers)

1. (idiomatic) Equal measure; measure for measure; adequate response.

Meaning of notch above


Meaning of a notch above

1. (idiomatic) superior to; of a higher quality than

â—� The hotel we stayed in this year was fabulous. It put our vacation a notch above the rest.

Meaning of a little bird told me

Phrase a little bird told me

1. (idiomatic) I received the information from a source not to be overtly exposed.

â—� Let's just say I know because a little bird told me.

Meaning of a life of its own

Noun a life of its own (plural lives of their own)
1. (idiomatic) An independent existence with some characteristics of life.

Meaning of a hundred and ten percent

Noun a hundred and ten percent

1. (idiomatic, US, sports, informal) A level of effort exceeding one's sustained capacity, possibly risking injury.

â—� "We busted our tails and won, we gave 110%".

2. (idiomatic, colloquial) The exertion of more than seems possible, hence 110%, not 100%, the usual maximum amount possible.

Meaning of a hair's breadth

Noun a hair's breadth (uncountable)

1. (idiomatic) a very small distance or amount

â—� He missed me by a hair's breadth when he ran past me yesterday.

â—� They came within a hair's breadth of contacting electrified water.

Learn English through Story:Greed a curse

Once upon a time there lived a cloth merchant in a village with his wife and two children. They were indeed quite well-off. They had a beautiful hen which laid an egg everyday. It was not an ordinary egg, rather, a golden egg. But the man was not satisfied with what he used to get daily. He was a get rich-trice kind of a person.
The man wanted to get all the golden eggs from his hen at one single go. So, one day he thought hard and at last clicked upon a plan. He decided to kill the hen and get all the eggs together.
So, the next day when the hen laid a golden egg, the man caught hold of it, took a sharp knife, chopped off its neck and cut its body open.
There was nothing but blood all around & no trace of any egg at all. He was highly grieved because now he would not get even one single egg.
His life was going on smoothly with one egg a day but now, he himself made his life miserable. The outcome of his greed was that he started becoming poorer & poorer day by day and ultimately became a pauper. How jinxed and how much foolish he was.
So, the moral of the story is- one who desires more, looses all. One should remain satisfied with what one gets.
The End..

Story: Speeding

Woman: Is there a problem, Officer? Officer: Ma'am, you were speeding. Woman: Oh, I see. Officer: Can I see your license please? Woman: I'd give it to you but I don't have one. Officer: Don't have one? Woman: Lost it 4 times for drunk driving. Officer: I see… Can I see your vehicle registration papers please. Woman: I can't do that. Officer: Why not? Woman: I stole this car. Officer: Stole it? Woman: Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner. Officer: You what? Woman: His body parts are in plastic bags in the trunk if you want to see. The Officer looks at the woman, slowly backs away to his car, and calls for back up. Within minutes 5 police cars circle the car. A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half drawn gun. Officer 2: Ma'am, could you step out of your vehicle please! The woman steps out of her vehicle. Woman: Is there a problem sir? Officer 2: One of my officers told me that you have stolen this car and murdered the owner. Woman: Murdered the owner? Officer 2: Yes, could you please open the trunk of your car, please. The woman opens the trunk, revealing nothing but an empty trunk. Officer 2: Is this your car, ma'am? Woman: Yes, here are the registration papers. The first officer is stunned. Officer 2: One of my officers claims that you do not have a driving license. The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out a clutch purse and hands it to the officer. The officer snaps open the clutch purse and examines the license. He looks quite puzzled. Officer 2: Thank you ma'am, one of my officers told me you didn't have a license, that you stole this car, and that you murdered and hacked up the owner. Woman: Betcha the lying bastard told you I was speeding too.

Learn English through story: Greed

Long ago, there lived two friends in a village. They were known as Mohan and Sohan. Mohan was a jeweller and was very rich, while Sohan was very poor. Once on the occasion of his sister's marriage. Sohan took a few gold ornaments worth rupees five thousand from Mohan and promised to pay the price of it within six months from the date of buying on credit. But only a few days after the marriage of Sohan's sister, Mohan began asking for the money which he was supposed to get from Sohan for the gold ornaments bought by him on credit. "You know, I am a poor man," said Sohan. "How can I make the payment so soon.
Moreover, if I remember correctly, I had already told you that I shall be able to pay you back in six months' time. Anyway please give me some more time. I'll pay the money." But Mohan had an evil design on Sohan's properties. He wanted Sohan to sign some documents in the court of law, saying that he mortgaged his house and other properties against the gold ornaments. Sohan again pleaded his helplessness, but Mohan was adamant on his demand.
So, seeing no way out Sohan said to Mohan, "How will I go to the court? I don't even have a horse to reach the court." "You can take my horse to ride to the court," said Mohan. "I don't have nice clothes to wear," said Sohan. "You can put on my clothes," said Mohan. "I don't even have shoes to wear," said Sohan. "Take my shoes," said Mohan. Now Sohan agreed to go to the court. He put on Mohan's clothes and shoes and rode to the court on Mohan's horse. When the judge called the name of Sohan, he said, "My Lord, I want to ask Mohan certain questions."
"Go ahead," said the judge and ordered Mohan to answer to the questions put up by Sohan. "Tell me, Mohan," asked Sohan, "to whom do these clothes, I'm wearing, belong?" "They're mine," replied Mohan. "To whom do these shoes, I'm wearing, belong?" "They're mine," said Mohan.
"And the horse that I rode to the court?" "The horse too belongs to me," shouted Mohan. The people present in the court began to laugh. Sohan said to the judge, "My Lord, you can yourself judge the mental state of Mohan. He thinks everything that I possess belongs to him only.
" The judge also laughed and dismissed the case saying that Mohan had lost his mental balance and has started thinking that everything that Sohan owned belonged to him.

You are unique

Think what a remarkable, unduplicatable, and miraculous thing it is to be you! Of all the people who have come and gone on the earth, since the beginning of time, not ONE of them is like YOU! No one who has ever lived or is to come has had your combination of abilities, talents, appearance, friends, acquaintances, burdens, sorrows and opportunities. No, one's hair grows exactly the way yours does. No one's finger prints are like yours. No one has the same combination of secret inside jokes and family expressions that you know. The few people who laugh at all the same things you do, don't sneeze the way you do. No one prays about exactly the same concerns as you do.

No one is loved by the same combination of people that love you - NO ONE! No one before, no one to come. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE! Enjoy that uniqueness. You do not have to pretend in order to seem more like someone else.

You weren't meant to be like someone else. You do not have to lie to conceal the parts of you that are not like what you see in anyone else. You were meant to be different. Nowhere ever in all of history will the same things be going on in anyone's mind, soul and spirit as are going on in yours right now. If you did not exist, there would be a hole in creation, a gap in history, something missing from the plan for humankind. Treasure your uniqueness. It is a gift given only to you. Enjoy it and share it! No one can reach out to others in the same way that you can. No one can speak your words.

No one can convey your meanings. No one can comfort with your kind of comfort. No one can bring your kind of understanding to another person. No one can be cheerful and lighthearted and joyous in your way. No one can smile your smile. No one else can bring the whole unique impact of you to another human being.

Share your uniqueness. Let it be free to flow out among your family and friends and people you meet in the rush and clutter of living wherever you are. That gift of yourself was given you to enjoy and share. Give yourself away! See it! Receive it! Let it tickle you! Let it inform you and nudge you and inspire you! YOU are Unique

Learn English through Story: Don't wait for success

A friend's grandfather came to America from Eastern Europe. After being processed at Ellis Island, he went into a cafeteria in lower Manhattan to get something to eat. He sat down at an empty table and waited for someone to take his order. Of course nobody did. Finally, a woman with a tray full of food sat down opposite him and informed him how a cafeteria worked.
"Start out at that end," she said. "Just go along the line and pick out what you want. At the other end they'll tell you how much you have to pay." "I soon learned that's how everything works in America," the grandfather told a friend. "Life's a cafeteria here. You can get anything you want as long as you are willing to pay the price. You can even get success, but you'll never get it if you wait for someone to bring it to you. You have to get up...and work

Meaning of a great deal

Adverb a great deal (not comparable)

1. (idiomatic) Very much; to a great extent; a lot; lots.

â—� We had a great deal more money afterwards.

â—� They had a great deal less than we had.

Noun a great deal (uncountable)

1. (idiomatic) A large amount; a lot.

Meaning of a good voice to beg bacon

Noun a good voice to beg bacon

1. (idiomatic, vulgar) said in ridicule of a bad voice.

Meaning of a good deal

Adverb a good deal (not comparable)

1. (idiomatic) Very much; to a great extent; a lot; lots.

â—� We had a good deal more money afterwards.

Noun a good deal (uncountable)

1. (idiomatic) A large amount; a lot.

Meaning of a few sandwiches short of a picnic

Phrase a few sandwiches short of a picnic

1. (idiomatic) Exhibiting disquiet or unsoundness of mind; not sane; mad.

â—� I think the lady down the road is a few sandwiches short of a picnic — you often hear strange bangings at odd hours in the morning.

A day late and a dollar short

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Meaning of  a day late and a dollar short

1. (US, idiomatic) Action that was taken too late and is too feeble to be of any use.

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Meaning of a cut below

Adjective a cut below

1. (idiomatic) inferior to; of a lower quality than

Meaning of cut above

Noun cut above (plural cuts above)

1. Superior to the norm. â—� In his speaking he is a cut above.

2. (followed by a noun phrase) Superior to.

â—� He is a cut above the rest in his public speaking.

Meaning of a cold day in july

Noun a cold day in July (uncountable)

1. (idiomatic, colloquial) The time of occurrence of an event that will never happen.

â—� It'll be a cold day in July when that happens.

Meaning of a cold day in hell

Noun a cold day in Hell (plural cold days in Hell)

1. (idiomatic, slang) The time of occurrence of an event that will never happen.

â—� It'll be a cold day in hell when that happens.

Meaning of a bit much

Noun a bit much (uncountable)

1. (idiomatic, of undesirable behaviour) More than is reasonable; a bit too much.

Meaning of 800 pound gorilla

Noun 800-pound gorilla (plural 800-pound gorillas)

1. (idiomatic) An entity that dominates its environment.

2. (idiomatic) Something dangerous, menacing, or spooky that is obvious but not addressed.

Meaning of 4 on the floor

Adjective 4-on-the-floor (not comparable) 1. (idiomatic, colloquial, motor vehicle) Alternative spelling of four-on-the-floor.

Meaning of 3-on the tree

Noun 3-on-the-tree 1. Alternative spelling of three-on-the-tree. 2. (idiomatic) On an automobile (especially those produced from 1939 through the mid-1970s), a three-speed manual transmission whose gearshift lever is mounted on the steering column. ● Mother and Father learned to drive in a car with a 3-on-the-tree.

Meaning of 23 Skidoo Street

Proper noun 23 Skidoo Street 1. (idiomatic, dated, rare, chiefly US) [c. 1900] A fictitious place or a generic place that could refer to any location.

Meaning of 23 Skidoo

Phrase 23 skidoo 1. (idiomatic, archaic, chiefly US) [c. 1908-1923] To leave, particularly quickly or at an advantageous time. 2. (idiomatic, archaic, chiefly US) [c. 1908-1923] To be forced to leave quickly.

Meaning of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Proper noun 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue 1. The residence and offices of the President and certain members of his staff. 2. (colloquial, idiomatic) The current President and the closest members of his administration.

Meaning of 15 minutes of fame

Noun 15 minutes of fame (plural only) 1. (idiomatic) A very short time in the spotlight or brief flurry with fame, after which the person or subject involved is quickly forgotten. ● The barbershop quartet Homer put together had its 15 minutes of fame before fans simply lost interest.

Meaning of 12 ounce curls

12-ounce curls (plural only)

1. (idiomatic) Drinking beer.

Meaning of 10 Downing street

Proper noun

10 Downing Street
1. The address of the residence in London of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
2. (by extension, idiomatic) The title or office of the Prime Minister.
3. (by extension, idiomatic) The government of the United Kingdom.


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