Exercise: Boss idioms

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    Transcript: Boss idioms

    In this exercise, we’d like you to decide on the meaning of some boss idioms. First, you’ll hear an idiom and then two definitions, a) and b). In the pause, choose the right definition. Then you’ll hear the correct answer. OK? Let’s get started.

    1. “Boss a game”. Does this mean…
    a) provide funds for a sports team?
    b) be dominant in a sports game?

    b) is correct. If a team “bosses a game”, for example a football match, they dominate the opposing team. Next one.

    2. “Boss someone about”. Does this mean…
    a) tell someone what to do?
    b) promote someone to a higher position?

    a) is correct. If you “boss someone about” — or in US English, “boss someone around” — you are always giving them orders and instructions. OK. Next one.

    3. Be “bossy”. Does this mean…
    a) be extremely busy because you do everything yourself?
    b) tell other people what to do?

    b) is correct. A person who is “bossy” is always telling others what to do. And the last one.

    4. “Do something like a boss”. Does this mean…
    a) supervise other people to make sure they do their work well?
    b) do something very well?

    b) is correct. If you “do something like a boss”, you do it very well.

    Did you get all those definitions right? If not, go back and practise them again. Sorry if that sounds bossy, just trying to encourage you.

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