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Wednesday the 30th of April, 2014
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Hello and good morning!

Today we finish our short series of Daily Vitamins about expressions with the word NAIL. Please note that this will also be the last Daily Vitamin of the week, since we will take a long weekend due to the bank holiday tomorrow (May 1st).

Today's expression is: a nail in someone's / something's coffin

Meaning: something that makes the end or failure of an organization, someone's plan, etc. more likely to happen.

Example 1:
Losing their biggest customer was the final nail in the company's coffin. I'm sure they will close before the end of the year.

Example 2:
Every word of criticism that Jack says about the boss is another nail in his coffin. I predict he'll be fired before the end of the week.

If you have questions about today's Daily Vitamin, don't hesitate to ask us in the Daily Vitamin section on our website by clicking on the "Add a Comment" button. We also welcome you to post your questions and comments on our Facebook page.

Remember that there will be no Essential Weekly Vitamin this Friday.

Have a great day and enjoy the holiday tomorrow!


Tuesday the 29th of April, 2014
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Hello again everyone. Good morning.

Today we continue with our short series of Daily Vitamins about expressions with the word NAIL.

Today's expression is: to nail someone down

Meaning: to force someone to give you a definite promise or tell you exactly what they intend to do.

Example 1:
He told me that he will come to the meeting, but I can't nail him down to a specific time, so I don't know if he will be here when you present your new marketing plan.

Example 2:
We tried to nail him down about where the money would come from for the marketing plan, but he avoided being more specific.

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Enjoy the rest of your day!


Monday the 28th of April, 2014
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Good morning everyone. I hope you had a nice weekend.

This week there will only be three Daily Vitamins, since there is a bank holiday this Thursday (May Day or International Workers' Day). We have also decided to take a long weekend (or 'puente', as they call it in Spanish), so there will be no Essential Weekly Vitamin on Friday either.

This week we present a short series of Daily Vitamins about expressions with the word NAIL. We're referring to a small thin pointed piece of metal with a flat head, used for hanging things on a wall or for joining pieces of wood together, NOT fingernails.

Today's expression is: to nail something down

Meaning 1: to fasten something down with a nail or nails.

Example 1:
We nailed the board down so that it would stop making noise when the wind blows.

Meaning 2: to reach an agreement or a decision, usually after a lot of discussion.

Example 2:
All of the parties involved in the war seem willing to nail down a ceasefire.

If you have questions about any of these meanings or examples, don't hesitate to ask us in the Daily Vitamin section on our website, by clicking on the "Add a Comment" button. Or, we welcome you to post your questions and comments on our Facebook page.

Have a great day!


Friday the 25th of April, 2014
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Good morning again.

Hoy miramos una última expresión con la palabra COURSE.

Today's expression is: to run its course / to take its course
(La expresión de hoy es: seguir su curso.)

Meaning: to develop in the usual way and come to the usual end.
(Significado: desarrollarse y acabar de la manera habitual.)

Example 1:
Sometimes when a young child cries, it's better to let their tears run their course. Afterwards the child usually feels better.
(A veces cuando un niño pequeño llora, es mejor dejar que el llanto siga su curso. Después, normalmente, el niño se siente mejor.)

Example 2:
When you get the flu, the best thing is often to let nature take its course rather than taking lots of medications.
(Cuando coges la gripe, lo mejor es dejar que el virus siga su curso en vez de tomar un montón de medicamentos.)

Si tienes alguna pregunta sobre el contenido de la Essential Weekly Vitamin de hoy, por favor escribe un comentario en la sección de la Daily Vitamin, clicando en el botón "Add a Comment".

Have a good day and an excellent weekend!


Thursday the 24th of April, 2014
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Hello and good morning.

Today we finish our short series of Daily Vitamins about expression with the word FOOT (plural = FEET).

Today's expression is: put your foot down

Meaning: to be very strict in opposing what someone wishes to do.

Example 1:
You should put your foot down Mark. Don't let your daughter see him anymore; he's no good for her!

Example 2:
I'm sorry Jack. I'm putting my foot down this time. I will not let you continue with these ridiculous marketing campaigns that haven't attracted a single new client. You're fired!

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

Until then, have a great day!