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Thursday the 30th of September, 2010
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MORE HAND EXPRESSIONS-4

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Good morning.

Today we complete our look at English expressions that use the word hand in them.

Today's expression is: to play into someone's hands

Meaning: to do exactly what an enemy, opponent, etc. wants so that they gain the advantage in a particular situation.

Example 1:
If we get the authorities involved, we'll be playing into the protesters' hands. Let's just keep quiet.

Example 2:
Jim played into my hands by taking the books that I left on the table. I caught him and told the director!

Remember that tomorrow we will send the Essential Weekly Vitamin for Spanish-speaking students of English.

I hope you have a good day.



Wednesday the 29th of September, 2010
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MORE HAND EXPRESSIONS-3

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Good morning.

Today we continue our look at English expressions that use the word hand in them.

Today's expression is: out of your hands

Meaning: no longer your responsibility.

Example 1:
I would love to help you, but I'm afraid the matter is completely out of my hands now. I suggest you call the central office.

Example 2:
He keeps telling me that this pay cut is out of his hands, but I was told he was the one who pushed for the cuts.

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I hope you have a nice day.



Tuesday the 28th of September, 2010
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MORE HAND EXPRESSIONS-2

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Good morning.

Today we continue our look at English expressions that use the word hand in them.

Today's expression is: out of hand

Meaning: difficult or impossible to control.

Example 1:
Unemployment is getting out of hand. This crisis is getting worse and worse every day.

Example 2:
Hey! You kids stop making all that noise! You are completely out of hand!

ALTERNATIVE MEANING: If you reject something out of hand, you do so immediately without thinking about it fully or without listening to other people's arguments.

Example 3:
All of our ideas were dismissed out of hand. They had no interest in listening to our opinion.

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Monday the 27th of September, 2010
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MORE HAND EXPRESSIONS-1

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Hello everyone. I hope you had a nice weekend. (For those of you who listen today, I'm sorry for my voice. I have a cold.)

I received a request to cover English expressions that use the word hand in them, so this week we will learn some. However, I should point out that in May of 2006, we did a series of body expressions with hand; so you may want to go back and look at those too.

Today's expression is: by hand

Meaning: by a persona rather than a machine.

Example 1:
The fabric was quite expensive; that's because it was painted by hand.

Example 2:
The shoes were sewn by hand in the Third World, so she decided not to buy them. She was afraid they may have been made using childhood labour.

ALTERNATIVE MEANING: The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary points out that if a letter is delivered by hand, it is delivered directly by a messenger or the person who wrote it and not by the post office.

Example 3:
That is so sweet. He delivered the invitation to you by hand. I think he likes you.

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Have a great day.


Thursday the 23rd of September, 2010
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(NOT) BE LIMITED

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Hello again.

Today we look at another expression with the word limit.

Today's expression is: limit something to somebody or something (usually passive = be limited)

Meaning: to make something exist or happen only in a particular place or within a particular group.

Example 1:
Violent crime is not limited to big cities. It is a problem in small towns too.  

Example 2:
The teaching of English should not be limited to teaching and drilling grammar.

Tomorrow there will be no Daily Vitamin due to a bank holiday in Barcelona. We'll be back on Monday.

Have a great weekend. And for those of you who live in Barcelona, have a great long weekend!