Let's Have a Ball & Make History!
■ TOEFL Power Idioms ■
■ 181203mon ■
●358● If you are determined to go there alone, do it [ at ] your own risk. ( accept full responsibility )
●359● Only by [ d-int ] of hard
work was he able to overcome the difficulties.
( by means of )
■ 181126mon ■
●356● You should dissuade him [ from ] marrying her. She flirts with every boy she meets. ( advise him against )
●357● We always carry reasonable
quantities of the goods in stock. They are [ as ] follows. ( given below )
■ 181121wed ■
●354● The government [ d-eprived ] them of their right to strike. ( took away )
●355● They have declared war upon
the nation. The [ die ] has been cast. (
course has been determined and there is no turning back )
■ 181117sat ■ Fill in the blanks.
●350● He isn't in a good [ t-emper ] today ( in a good humor )
●351● This firm [ d-eals ] in electric appliances. ( buys and sells )
■ 181114wed ■ Fill in the blanks.
●348● [ Once ] upon a [ time ] there lived a woodcutter. ( A long time ago )
●349● I have never [ h-eard ] [ of ] such a person. ( been told about )
■ 181113tue ■ Fill in the blanks.
●346● You can guess the meaning of the word from the [ context ]. ( from what comes before and after the word )
●347● You must [ c-omply ] with
the rules. ( obey )
■ 181112mon ■ Fill in the blanks.
●344● Preparation for college entrance exams [ c-alls ] for a lot of hard work. ( requires; demands )
●345● "Has he lost the money?
Well, it serves him [ right ]. How often I have warned him not to carry so much
money in his pocket." ( he has got
what he deserves )
■ 181110sat ■ Fill in the blanks.
●342● He was a man of great wealth, but since one of his banks [ w-ent ] [b-ankrupt ] five years ago, he has come down in the world. ( became unable to pay the debts )
●343● I wonder why he is always on
the [ side ] of those fanatic activist students. ( supports )
■ 181108thu ■ Fill in the blanks.
●340● When you go abroad, you should not fall [ foul ] of the laws of the countries where you are going to stay. ( get into trouble with; violate )
●341● The interviewers tried to
put the applicants at (their) [ ease ].
( make… feel relaxed )
■ 181106tue ■
●338● These laws were made several years ago in [ f-avor ] of those who were blessed with both wealth and power. ( on behalf of; to the advantage of )
●339● "She says she will go
out with those men tonight, but isn't that asking [ for ] trouble? ( laying herself open to danger )
■ 181105mon ■ Fill in the blanks.
●336● The burglars too to their [ heels ] when they caught sight of a policeman on his beat. ( ran away )
●337● She talked her husband [
into ] buying a mink coat for her. (
persuaded … to )
■ 181104sun ■ Fill in the blanks.
●334● It is necessary for you to make thorough preparations before you [ e-nter ] on a new business undertaking. ( make a start on )
●335● Several seismologists
predict that one of [ t-hese ] days a big earthquake will hit this part of the
land. ( before long )
■ 181103sat ■ Fill in the blanks.
●332● Children shouldn't [ t-oy ] with sharp tools. ( play with )
●333● He proposed to her on the [
s-trength ] of what she had told him the day before. ( encouraged by )
■ 181102fri ■
●329● Whenever he gets into trouble, he [ l-ooks ] to me for help. ( turns to; depends on )
●331● In a figurative sense,
" to let the cat out of the bag" is [ s-ynonymous ] with " to
give away a secret." ( has the same
meaning as )
■ 181101thu ■
●327● You ought to [ look ] [ up ] all the difficult words in your dictionary. ( search for )
●328● Jim found it hard to [ make
] [ up ] for the loss they suffered. (
compensate for )
■ 181031wed ■ Fill in the blanks.
●325● They allow him to go to town on [ condition ] that he doesn't spend too much money. (only if )
●326● The boy was ashamed to [
c-onfide ] his troubles to his teacher.
( tell...to… )
■181030tue■ Fill in the blanks.
●323● He [ p-asses ] [ for ] an honest man in his neighborhood. ( is regarded as )
●324● Her father [ passed ] away
at eleven last night. (died )
■181030tue■ Fill in the blanks.
●323● He [ p-…..] [ …..] an honest man in his neighborhood. ( is regarded as )
●324● Her father [ …...] away at
eleven last night. (died )
■181029mon■ Fill in the blanks.
●321● As for me, I don't [ g-o ] after fame. ( seek )
●322● You don't seem to [ worry ]
about anything. ( be anxious about )
●319● Do you really [ believe ] [ in ] God? (feel sure of the existence of )
●320● He always [ b-oasts ] [ of ]
his personal record. (brags about )
■181027sat■Fill in the blanks.
●317● We should [ a-vail ] ourselves [ of ] every opportunity to practice our English. ( make use of )
●318● He took [ a-dvantage ] [ of
] those mishaps. ( use… for his own
■181025thu■Fill in the blanks.
●315● From now on, we cannot depend too much on oil for our heat energy. We should have other energy sources in [ r-eserve ]. ( keep in store for later use )
●316● She has many servants [ a-ttend ]ing on her. (serving )
■181024wed■Fill in the blanks.
●313● You say money [ t-alk ]s. What does that mean. ( carries weight )
●314● Whenever he finds himself in a group of people who are fervently
quarreling among themselves, he never fails to take [ s-ide ]s with the
stronger party. (support )
■181023tue■Fill in the blanks.
●311● A completely new set of theories on atomic energy has been put [ f-orward ] by young scientists. ( proposed; advanced )
●312● Whatever you may try to make your dream come true, you shouldn't go
to [ e-xtreme]s. (do more than is
considered right )
■181022mon■Fill in the blanks.
●308● No matter what kind of task you may undertake, [ s-tick ] to it, if you want to succeed in it. (don't give … up)
●310● When you know that you can take the easiest course, there is no
sense in your doing things the [ h-ard ] way.
(making difficulties for yourself )
■181019fri■Fill in the blanks.
●306● He has a weakness for alcoholic drinks. Tobe more exact, he drinks like a [ fish ]. ( is a heavy drinker )
●307● We all tend to seek the company of those whse tastes or interests
are [ similar ] to our own. (like or the
same as )
■181018thu■Fill in the blanks.
●304● It's pretty cold outside, but children shouldn't remain within [ d-oor ]s all day long. ( in the house )
●305● We don't know anything about the result of the investigation
because it was held behind closed [ d-oor ] s.
(with unauthorized persons excluded )
■181017wed■Fill in the blanks.
●302● He entered the building. People in the office [ w-ent ] [ on ] with their work as if nothing had happened. (continued )
●303● If you really repent those follies you have committed so far, I
don't think it is too late for you to turn over a new [ leaf ] and lead a
better lifer from now. ( make a new and
better start )
■181016tue■Fill in the blanks.
●300● It never [ o-ccured ] [ to ] me that he attended the conference on your behalf. (came into my mind )
●301● After getting their bags, they were immediately [ off ] to the
parking lot. (left...for )
■181015mon■Fill in the blanks.
●297● When I [ look ] back upon my childhood, I always think of the village festival. (recollect )
●299● Her parents wouldn't [ a-pprove ] of her marriage to that
good-for-nothing fellow. (consent to )
■181014sun■■Fill in the blanks.
●295● We all [ look ] up [ to ] him as our capable leader. ( respect )
●296● None of us participated in the game. We just [ l-ooked ] [ on
]. ( watched )
■181013sat■Fill in the blanks.
●293● We soon found that the climate there didn't [ a-gree ] with me. (suit )
●294● He is very arrogant and [ looked ] upon every one who differs with
him as a fool. ( regards...as… )
■181012fri■Fill in the blanks.
●291● His cordial letter [ added ] to our pleasure of accepting the invitation. ( increased )
●292● It [ a-dmits ] of no doubt.
(has no room for any )
■181011thu■Fill in the blanks.
●289● They all [ ac-cused ] me [ of ] the wrong-doing, of which I can prove myself to be innocent. ( blamed me for )
●290● There's no [ account ]ing [for ] tastes. ( We can't explain why people have different
■181010wed■Fill in the blanks.
●287● Don't on [ any ] [ a-ccount ] go to bed with the electric heater on. (for any reason)
●288● He does not write anything in a straightforward style; so try to [
read ] between the [ lines ]. ( discover the hidden meaning )
■181009tue■ill in the blanks.
●285● He is the kind of person who feels great satisfaction at making a show [ of ] his wealth. ( boastfully displaying )
●286● I can't speak Frenchwell, [ let ] alone German. ( much less; not to mention )
■181008mon■Fill in the blanks.
●283● He shouted [ at ] the top of his voice. ( as loudly as he could )
●284● She prides herself [ on ] being able to read French books with
ease. (is proud of; takes pride in )
■181007sun■Fill in the blanks.
●281● He has just [ d-isposed ] of his collection of coins. ( has just got rid of )
●282● I set a high [ v-alue ] on his advice and took it. (had a high opinion of )
■181006sat■Fill in the blanks.
●279● The committee was [ o-pposed ] to the proposal and it was turned down. (did not agree to )
●280● I think he is well [ v-ersed ] in English lierature, and his
lecture is worth attending. ( well
informed about )
■18105fri■Fill in the blanks.
■277■ He was so incompetent that finally he was [ r-elieved ] of his post. (dismissed from )
■278■ The steamer is [ due ] in Kobe tmorrow morning. (is expected to arrive )
■181004thu■Fill in the blanks.
■275■ I cannot say for [ c-ertain ] when the delayed train will pull in. ( with complete confidence )
■276■ I have no [ p-atience ] with such meanness. (cannot put up with; cannot tolerate )
■273■ She [p-ut ] [ on ] an air of innocence though we had a lot of evidence against it. (pretended to be innocent )
■274■ The dog did not move until his master went out of [ sight ]. (disappeared )
■271■ If this weather keeps on, we will go [ in ] for extramural activities. (take part in)
■272■ What [ is ] worse, he always persists in his errors. (To make matters worse )
■181001mon■Fill in the blanks.
■269■ The time is [ d-rawing ] near when he will have to leave his home. (approaching )
■270■ As you can easily imagine, there is no short [ cut ] to the mastery
of a foreign language. ( easy way to
■180930sun■Fill in the blanks.
■267■ You should put a little money aside for a [ rainy ] day. (a day of misfortune )
■268■ The woman [ d-id ] away [ with ] her bag by throwing it into the
river. (disposed of )
■265■ Children keep telling each other that Christmas is just [ around ] the [c-orner ]. (near at hand )
■266■ Existentialists maintain that man can [ c-ount ] on nothing. (depend on )
■180928fri■Fill in the blanks.
■263■ It is up [ to ] you to decide how much we pay for their services. (depends upon you )
■264■ They asked me whether I could do anything about it, but it was, as
you know, [ out ] of the [q-uestion ]. (
■180927thu■Fill in the blanks.
■261■ In which bookstore did you come [ across ] this book.? (find...unexpectedly)
■262■ The committee agreed to [ set ] the man free. (emancipate
■180926wed■Fill in the blanks.
■259■ We two have this in [ common ], for we cannot afford to buy another. (are sharing…)
■260■ The Bible says, "It came to [pass ]. " (happened )
■180925tue■Fill in the blanks.
■257■ We are very much [ c-oncerned ] about your health. I think you have been drinking and smoking too much. (are...worried about )
■258■ They argued for hours but finally came to [ t-erms]. (reach an accord )
■180924mon■Fill in the blanks.
■245■ I don't know how long it will take to get [ t-hrough ] with my work. (finish )
■256■ Does any one of you have a good [ c-ommand ] of English? (have fluency and skill in )
■180923sun■Fill in the blanks.
■253■ You will have to speak a little bit louder. He is [ hard ] [ of ] hearing. (rather deaf )
■254■ We attacked the enemy [ under ] [ c-ver ] of darkness. (take advantage of )
■180922sat■Fill in the blanks.
■251■ He was well [ aware ] that she was immensely intelligent and gifted. (knew well )
■252■ Don't forget to [ post ] my
letter on your way to to the bus stop.
(Remember to )
■180921fri■Fill in the blanks.
■249■ I made the [ a-cquaintance ] of Mr. Wilson in London. (got to know )
■180920thu■Fill in the blanks.
■246■ Taken [ by ] [s-urprise ], he lost his presence of mind. ( since he was surprised )
■248■ Since he was [ l-ost ] [ in ] thought, he did not notice me. (was thinking hard )
■180919wed■Fill in the blanks.
■244■ When he was introduced to her, he was at a [ loss ] for words. (did not know how to express himself )
■245■ The man saved the drowning child at the [ c-ost ] of his own
■180918tue■Fill in the blanks. [ ….. ]
■242■ As far as I am concerned, the steps you suggested [ leaves ] nothing to be desired. (are so perfect that no improvement on them is needed)
■243■ To [ do ] him justice, we
must say he is a dreamer. ( If we are to have a just opinion of him )
■180916mon■Fill in the blanks.
■240■ George was in [ charge ] of the office while his boss was away. (managed )
money could be put to good [ use ] instead of being left idle in the bank. (used for a good purpose )
■180916sun■Fill in the blanks.
■238■ The anthropologist [ brought ] to light a few surprising facts. (revealed )
■239■ How did it [ come ] about that you were alone in the house? (happen )
Fill in the blanks. ■180915sat■
■236■ This young girl [ gets ] [ rid ] of her clothes when they are not completely worn out. (throws away )
■237■ How did the pictures of you [ t-urn ] out? (result )
Fill in the blanks. ■180914fri■
■234■ Ken [ fell ] [ in ] love with the girl of his dream. (be attracted)
■235■ The flickering light [ went] out as we stole in. (ceased burning)
Fill in the blanks. ■180913thu■
■232■ Susie [ w-ent ] on knitting as is nothing had happened when her husband shouted at her angrily. (continued)
■233■ " [ How] come?" he
said somewhat derisively. (Why? )
Fill in the blanks. ■180912wed
■230■ The magazine [ came ] out semi-monthly. (is put out)
■231■ Do you think your dreams will
[ come ] [ true ] some day? ( be realized )
Fill in the blanks. 180911tue
■228■ I came into [ contact ] with lots of people from all walks of life. (mingled with; met)
■229■ He said he would get [ in
] [ t-ouch ] with you as soon as he
returned from America. (contact)
Fill in the blanks. 180910mon
■226■ What has [ become ] of your son since he left ten years ago? (happened to)
■227■ How did she [ come ] by so
much money? (get)
Fill in the blanks. 180909sun
■224■ He is a very cynical person and always [ f-inding ] [ fault ] with my behavior. (criticizes)
■225■ The term "frontier" has been [ e-ndowed ] with a new meaning in the United
States. (has been given)
Fill in the blanks. 180908sat
■222■ David [ c-an't ] [ have ] [ said ] such a silly thing. (I don't believe that David said such a silly thing)
■223■ I didn't go out until I had
[ d-one ] with my work. (had
Fill in the blanks. 180907fri
■220■ The war [ r-esulted ] from the economic rivalries between the two nations. (started as a result of)
■221■ It is not [ in ] my power to
help those poor people. ( I am unable to; I am not in a position to)
Fill in the blanks. 180906thu
■213■ I called him various [ names ], but he did [ nothing ] [ but ] smile. (insulted him in various abusive manners/ only smiled)
■219■ The change of air [ did ] him good. (benefited him)
Fill in the blanks. 180905wed
■211■ So long as you tried your best, it [ m-atters ] little which school you went to. (is of little importance)
■212■ I won't stay that late in
such bad weather, if I can [ help ] it.
(if I don't have to)
Fill in the blanks. 180904tue
■209■ When I got off the bus I caught [ sight ] of Dr. Smith walking arm in arm with his wife. (saw)
■210■ He asked her to help him, but she turned her [ b-ack ] on him. (ignored)
Fill in the blanks. 180718wed
■207■ [ By ] the [ way ], did you see him on your way home? (Incidentally)
■208■ It's very hard to [ figure ] out what he said on that occasion. (understand)
Fill in the blanks. 180717tue
■205■ How many of the boys [ s-howed ] up? (turned up ; appeared )
■206■ It [ w-ould ] [ be ] better
for you to try to arrive at the appointed time.
(You had better )
Fill in the blanks. 180716mon
■203■ In [ case ] he shows up by seven tonight, tell him to wait. ( If )
■204■ How many mistakes did your
teacher [ pointed ] out in your essay?
( indicate )
Fill in the blanks. 180715sun
■200■ He is burning the [ ….. ] at both ends by working eleven hours every day. (exhausting himself )
■201■ We [ e-….. ] in the
conversation for hours. (involved
ourselves in )
Fill in the blanks. 180714sat
■198■ I have every Friday [ off ]. (don't have to work on Fridays )
■199■ I want you to look [ over ]
these exercises before I give them to my teacher. (examine)
Fill in the blanks. 180713fri
■196 It's hard for such a shy girl to [ ….. ]friends easily. (win friends )
■197 The clock was [ ….. ] of [ o ….. ] and we
didn't know what time it was. (not
working condition )
Fill in the blanks. 180712thu
■194 Please sit down and [ make ] yourself at [h-ome ]. ( be comfortable )
■195 The pedestrian must [ keep ] to the right side of the street. (remain on ]
Fill in the blanks. 180711wed
■192 I could not find [ it ] in my [ h-eart ] to lave my son there alone. (was not inclined to )
■193 He is really in narrow circumstances, but he
manages to keep [ up ] appearances.
(maintain an outward show to hide the fact )
Fill in the blanks. 180710tue
■190 The sudden appearance of the enemy put us to [ f-light ]. (made us flee )
■191 Whould you [do ] me a [ favor ]? ( I have something I want you to help me with)
Fill in the blanks. 180709mon
■188 She didn't succeed in passing the entrance examination to that college, and it really [ b-roke ] her. (made her really sad )
■189 Let us resume reading where we left [ off ]
last week. (stopped)
Fill in the blanks. 180708sun
■186 When I got home, I gave her a [ r-ing]. (telephoned her)
■187 NBC here [ stands ] for nuclear, biological,
and chemical weapons. ( means )
Fill in the blanks. 180707sat
■184 The moon had sunk and a bright morning was breaking when I [ came ] [ to ] myself. (became conscious again; came to my senses )
■185 While watching his face it [ s-truck ] me that there might be some fault on my part. (it occurred to me )
Fill in the blanks. 180706TGIF!
■182 " What time do you [ h-ave ] ? Asked the man sitting next to me. (What time do you have )
■183 Mini skirts have disappeared and long skirts
are now [ in ] fashion. (very popular )
Fill in the blanks. 180705thu
■180 His story brought [ home ] to us the seriousness of the matter. (made very clear )
■181 He is [ as ] great a scholar [ as ] ever
lived. (one of the greatest scholars
that ever lived )
Fill in the blanks. 180704wed
■178 He hasn't studied at all. He is [ b-ound ] to fail the exam. (sure to )
■179 I'm sure he will [ break ] his word. (fail to fulfill his word)
Fill in the blanks. 180703tue
■176 Jimmie [ called ] off all of his appointments for the day. ( canceled )
■177 The Englishman has returned to his country
for [ good ]. (forever)
Fill in the blanks. 180701sun
■172 My wife didn't [ a-ttend ] to what I was saying. ( give her attention to; listen to )
■173 He [ t-ook ] a [ seat ] immediately and began
to talk. (sat down )
Fill in the blanks. 180630sat
■170 We all [ p….. ] in the activities. (took part in )
■171 An exotic looking person [ w….. ] on me in
the shop. (attended on)
Fill in the blanks. 180629TGIF!
■ 168 We might say that during these hard times we are all in the same [ boat ]. ( sharing the same destiny )
■168 How many English words have we studied [ so ] [ far ] ? (by now; up to te present time)
Fill in the blanks. 180628thu
■ 166 Nobody pays any attention to him. He just talks [ big ]. (exaggerates )
■ 167 I am
not a [ bit ] interested in it. ( in the least )
Fill in the blanks. 180627wed
■ 164 He [ knew ] [ better ] than to call you names. (was wise enough not to )
■ 165 He is [
as ] poor [ as ] poor can be. (
extremely poor )
Fill in the blanks. 180626tue
■162 We [ might ] as [ well ] throw the money into the sea [ as] lend it to him. ( would throw … than lend )
had a right to enjoy one's liberty, much [ more ] one's life. ( still more; not to mention; to say nothing
Fill in the blanks. 180625mon
■ 160 He seems to be offended by your words. You are being too impolite to him. He [ may ] [well ] be angry. (has good reason to )
■ 161 This
morning my father was [ d-ressed ] [ in ] a dark suit. ( had a dark suit on )
Fill in the blanks. 180624sun
■ 158 We [ s--- ] up till 11 p.m., watching games on TV. ( stayed up, did not go to bed )
■ 159 No one
who is really capable of great things is [ b--- ] of one's own success. ( has too high an opinion of, is proud of )
Fill in the blanks. 180623sat
■ 133 If I were in your place, I wouldn't be able to cope [ ….. ] the difficulties of your position. ( deal with successfully )
■ 157 I heard
that he was well-educated, but he connot so [ ….. ] [ ….. ] write a short
thesis. ( cannot even write )
Fill in the blanks. 180622TGIF!
■ 131 Since I could not get a good sleep the night before, I was out of [ s-orts ]. ( wasn't feeling well )
■ 132 He is
almost good for nothing. You can easily dispense [ with ] his services. (do without )
Fill in the blanks. 180621thu
■ 129 I was afraid I hadn't enough money, but I [ ….. ] a chance on the price. ( trusted to luck )
■ 130 His
advice to us was so little [ ….. ] the purpose that we did not take it so
seriously. ( so irrelevant, so
Fill in the blanks. 180620wed
■ 127 She looked into the car and asked the man at the [ w-heel ] if he could give her a lift. ( the driver )
■ 128 His
first work was soon [ s-ucceeded ] by a play, which later made him officially
recognized as a great storyteller. ( was
… followed by )
Fill in the blanks. 180619tue
■ 125 Gathering information was always attended [ with ] some danger. (was … accompanied with)
■ 126 It must
be remembered that every misfortune has a silver [ lin]ing. ( a consoling
Fill in the blanks. 180618mon
■ 123 The people were letting [ off ] firecrackers for celebration. (discharging)
■ 124 The boys were all [ c-razy ] about jazz. ( enthusiastic about )
Fill in the blanks. 180617sun
■ 121 I hear John is going to quit his job. Do you know who will take his [place]? (be substituted for him)
■ 122 By
increasing the number of the sides of the polygons, he could make every point
on the circle correspond [to] every point on the polygons. (equal in position to)
Fill in the blanks. 180616sat
■ 017 It (dawned] upon me that his story was a mere concoction. (became clear to me)
■ 018 The old man keeps many cats in his home and feeds them [on] fish and meat. (gives them …..as food)
Fill in the blanks. 180615fri
■ 015 No matther how much you may insist, you cannot [assure] me of the truth of your story. (make me feel sure of)
■ 016 No
medicine can [cure] him of his disease.
(provide a remedy for)
■ 013 It is often pointed out that wisdom does not [consist] in knowledge only. (exist as something inherent in)
■ 014 Today
every one of us knows that water [consist] of hydrogen and oxygen. (is composed of)
Miho is planning on going to the U.K. She drew [out] 300 thousand yen for her
trip. (withdrew from her bank account)
The misdemeanors of these delinquents really [drive] me mad. (make me angry)
003 That's not exactly what I am driving [at]. (mean)
004 These cows feed chiefly [on] hay. (take…..as food)
005 I'm fed [up] with his selfishness. He should know better than to grumble. (disgusted with)
He promised to [call] me up sometime in the afternoon. (ring me up)
She is a selfish woman. She doesn't care
a bit [about] others. (feel any
"Would you care [for] more root beer?" she said and poured some into
my glass. (like to have)
The fooball players stood at attention, apparently carried [away] by the
playing of the national anthem.
010 It's easy to make up plans, but hard to carry them [out]. (put…..into practice)
011 Pam says she is going to [major] in physics at the university. (specialize in)