474. Put two and two together

Put two and two together: figure something out; reason from the facts.

George: I’m trying to figure out this math problem, but can’t seem to put two and two together. 

Sam: Have you tried to another formula?

473. Why in the world?

Why in the world: why really? why in fact?

Jim: Why in the world is she late to our meeting?

Sam: She sent me a text about 5 minutes ago. She got caught in traffic due to an accident. 


472. Pass out

Pass out: lose consciousness; faint

Frank: What happened to Jim last night?

Tom: He was passed out drunk. Drank too much at the Christmas party, so I had to take him home. 

470. To the letter

To the letter: exactly as written or instructed; perfectly

Boss: Can you recopy this spreadsheet? I need it to be an exact duplicate, down to the letter. 

Manager: Sure, I’ll have it done right away. 

469. Keep a stiff upper lip

Keep a stiff upper lip: be brave and calm in a difficult situation

Commentator: Look at the state of the boxer in the eighth round. His right eye is practically swollen up, but he keeps a stiff upper lip. His toughness is unbelievable. 

468. In the middle of something

In the middle of something: while something is happening; during something

Manager: Hey Boss, may I speak to you for a minute?

Boss: Not now, I’m in the middle of a phone call. I’ll talk to you afterwards.

467. Lay something out

Lay something out: arrange or organize something

Mom: Okay, I’m going to lay out your clothes tomorrow for school. Make sure you get some sleep.

Son: Okay mom, good night.

466. Be concerned about someone or something

Be concerned about someone or something: worry about someone or something

Rick: Everything okay?

Noriko: I am a little concerned about my TOEIC exam. I don’t want to have to take it again.

Rick: I’m sure you did fine.