Words and Their Stories: When the Cat’s Away
Listen to the talk first and complete the following dialogues with the expressions you learn from the talk.
A: What happened? Why do you look like ___1.___?
B: I forgot to bring an umbrella and fell over the river on the way home.
A: Hey, how’s the apartment hunting going?
B: Last week I saw an ad of an inexpensive apartment, and you know what? There is ___2.___! The whole house is even smaller than the living room in my apartment!
A: Who were you talking to on the phone?
B: Well, um…..
A: What? Why are you stuttering? The cat ___3.___?
B: Whatever you say, man. I won’t let ___4.___. And let me warn you, Curiosity ___5.___. So don’t ask too much about something that is none of you business!
A: Did you watch the match last night?
B: Yeah. The boxer was really mean. He could’ve won earlier, but he chose to play ___6.___ with his opponent.
A: Hey, I heard your kid’s just entered elementary school. How’s it going?
B: You know, homework, school projects, extensive reading. I have to spend lots of time every night accompanying him and helping him get through the heavy workload. Raising kids is like ___7.___!
A: Did you see his face? Why does he look like ___8.___?
B: Probably because he’s been promoted to senior manager.
- something the cat dragged in
- not enough room to swing the cat
- has got your tongue
- the cat out of the bag
- killed the cat
- cat and mouse
- herding cats
- the cat that ate the canary