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!Mira que luna! Look at that moon! Resources for learning English

!Mira que luna! Look at that moon! Resources for learning English
Fernando Olivera: El rapto.- TEXT FROM THE NOVEL The goldfinch by Donna Tartt (...) One night we were in San Antonio, and I was having a bit of a melt-down, wanting my own room, you know, my dog, my own bed, and Daddy lifted me up on the fairgrounds and told me to look at the moon. When "you feel homesick", he said, just look up. Because the moon is the same wherever you go". So after he died, and I had to go to Aunt Bess -I mean, even now, in the city, when I see a full moon, it's like he's telling me not to look back or feel sad about things, that home is wherever I am. She kissed me on the nose. Or where you are, puppy. The center of my earth is you". The goldfinch Donna Tartt 4441 English edition

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Idiom above board

Meaning: If something is above board, it's been done in a legal and honest way.

For example:
  • I'm sure the deal was completely above board as I know James well and he'd never do anything illegal or corrupt.
  • The minister claimed all the appointments were above board and denied claims that some positions had been given to his friends.
Origin: Possibly derived from card playing and the fact that card players who keep their hands above the table (or above "the board") can be seen to be playing honestly, without cheating.

Quick Quiz:
The government officials are being investigated for corruption. If everything they've done has been above board, they'll have
 a. a lot to worry about

 b. nothing to worry about

 c. something to worry about


1 comment:

  1. I was looking for the meaning of above board idiom, and you well explained, thank you.

    Freya, UK