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¤ Expressions of Time … TASK⇐ (advanced)

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 Φ   Time collocations ⇔ [quiz] ⇔ Time expressions⇐

It’s (high) time + past subjunctive expresses that something should be done and that it is already a bit late. The meaning is present:

It’s time you went to bed. You’ll have to get up early tomorrow.
It’s high time I bought a new pair of jeans.
It’s about time this road was completed. They’ve been working on it for months.

The expression is used to complain about or criticise something or someone:

It is (about / high) time that the government took action.

The words about’ or high’ make the criticism even stronger.

⊗  When we say that the right time has arrived for something and we are still in time, we can use the following patterns:

It’s time (for you) to go to bed.
It’s time to say goodbye.
It’s time for breakfast.


⇓  Birth, Life, and Death  [. . .words with pics]


 ⇑  Idioms about TIME  ⇓

¤ Time idioms … ⇒[01] ⇔ [02] ⇔ [03] ⇔ [04] ⇔ [05] ⇔ [quiz]

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∇   Sheryl Connelly Interviewed ↓ (excerpt_2013)

Sheryl Connelly is the head of Ford‘s Global Trends and Futuring Division, where she separates trend from fad and helps the auto maker determine what global changes will influence the market in years to come.  ↓  Read transcript below  …

Brendan Byrnes: I assume it’s a pretty tough job, trying to separate long-term trends from maybe short-term fads. Is there a specific way you do that, or does that come with experience? How do you separate the noise?

Sheryl Connelly: I have a really specific illustration I always use, talking about the difference between trends and fads. I talk about denim, or blue jeans.

Blue jeans have been around for 150 years. In the early 1900s, it was often used as a work uniform because it was inexpensive, highly durable, the more you wear it the more comfortable it became. But it was associated with this lower socioeconomic status.

Today, blue jeans are high fashion. You wear them to the office. Some designers within Ford tell me they spend more money on their blue jeans than they do on their suits, and indeed people will pay hundreds of dollars for a pair of blue jeans.

Over the last hundred years our values, our attitudes, and behaviors toward denim has changed. That’s a manifestation of a trend. By contrast, styles of blue jeans — high rise, low ride, colored denim, skinny leg, acid wash — those are fads, and those change with the season.

For our purposes within Ford, if the things that we watch are changing that frequently, that’s our first clue that we’re watching the wrong things. Part of that is driven because our product cycle is three years out, so we always have to make sure that we’re pushing ourselves to have a long view.

If we were doing something different — if we were in cell phone technology, which changes much more rapidly — then maybe our lens would be shorter.


Fashion_StyleIn English, there are a lot of great words to describe fashion. If you really want to learn a lot of new and interesting words in English, pay attention to fashion! Fashion writers and designers are always trying to think of unique ways to describe clothing, and magazines are full of colourful phrases and expressions!  [englishteachermelanie.com]


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•→ 12 phrasal verbs with Emma:

dress…/zip…/button…/do …up // have…/put…/throw…/try …on // take…/kick …off  //  wear in  //  hang up

∞  Conversation Questions ⇐ [Clothes & Fashion] ⇒Quiz


•  Some relevant Adjectives . . . 

stylish / fashionable  = wearing clothing that is popular now

Karen is so stylish! She must read all the fashion magazines to keep up with the latest trends.

chic  = the same as ‘fashionable’ or ‘stylish,’ but it sounds better because it’s a French word!

Have you seen Jenny’s chic new coat?

latest  = newest, most recent

Do you have the latest edition of Vogue yet?

in  = popular, fashionable; short for ‘in style’

Blue is the in colour right now.

hot  = wanted, everybody has to have it

The new Prada boots are so hot all the stores are sold out and there is a waiting list for them!

trendy  = what everyone else is wearing right now; a new, popular style

The internet makes it so easy to find trendy clothes! I really like to see what celebrities are wearing.

must-have  = something you absolutely must have!

The new Prada handbag is this season’s must-have accessory!

essential  = necessary, important, you must have it

Elle magazine has a great section on fall’s essential boots and bags.

vintage  = old, but high quality and valuable; the item of clothing may have been worn before by someone else.

Ellen was shopping at a thrift store last week and she found an amazing vintage Chanel jacket.

iconic  = famous, memorable, representing a certain time and place

Anna Nicole Smith will be remembered for her iconic Guess ad campaign in the early 1990s.

timeless  = something that is still beautiful no matter how much time passes, no matter what the current trends or styles are

Grace Kelly wore a beautiful, timeless gown on her wedding day. On the other hand, Princess Diana’s wedding dress is NOT timeless. When you see a picture of the dress, you know right away she was married in the 1980s!

classic  = traditional, always fashionable/stylish, popular for a long time

Ralph Lauren has put his unique touch on the classic little black dress.

fave  = informal, slang, short for ‘favourite’

Stella McCartney is my fave fashion designer.


•  ‘Fashion Brats’  ↑  [The Bobcats]

When you showed off with that ugly hair style, wearing pants in that heady […?] style
When you showed up driving that […?] car, I knew our friendship would not go far.
When you we were wearing that dressing like it was cool – You need to go back to fashion school
And when you’re there you should take a class on how to hide your [….?] ass
Fashion brats –  Well where is that?
Fashion brats  –  Can you handle that?
Standing next to you makes anyone […?] And I haven’t gotten to your double check
When one plus one equals three, kick your fashion stink away from me.
Fashion brats –  Well where is that?
Fashion brats  –  Can you handle that?
Don’t you know that your hands look like baseball mitts and your […?] connections […?]
[…?] they can say you’re my hero just because I know you do a lot of blow


1. au courant
The term au courant refers to ❛something that is up-to-date and/or reflects the latest styles and trends❜.
Example: Fashion magazines are full of glamorous pictures of au courant clothing and accessories.

2. avant-garde
When something is avant-garde, it is ❛very modern and revolutionary❜.
Example: What one person might describe as avant-garde, another might find over-the-top and silly.

3. blast from the past
The English idiom a blast from the past refers to ❛something that makes you think of the past❜.
Example: These polyester jumpsuits are a real blast from the past. My mother wore similar ones in the 1970s.

4. can’t hold a candle to someone/something
When something can’t hold a candle to someone or something, he, she or it is ❛not as good❜ in comparison.
Example: This season’s fashion show can’t hold a candle to those from last year. It was phenomenal.

5. to blaze a trail /to be a trailblazer
Someone who blazes a trail, i.e. a trailblazer, is ❛a leader or revolutionary in a certain field❜ .
Example: Is Lady Gaga a fashion trailblazer?

6. cheap and cheerful
Clothing that ❛does not cost much but is attractive❜ can be described as cheap and cheerful.
Example: If you like cheap and cheerful fashion, this clothing line is the right one for you.

7. Clothes make the man.
This English idiom implies that ❛people will judge you by your clothes❜, i.e. good clothes will make people respect you more.
Example: Why did Sam go to the job interview looking like that? Doesn’t he know that clothes make the man?

8. fashion victim
fashion victim is ❛someone who wears fashionable clothes even when they do not look good on him❜.
Example: Those capri pants might be in style, but they don’t look good on you, Louise. Don’t be a fashion victim!

9. free and easy
The term free and easy refers to something that is ❛unconstrained and informal❜, i.e. the opposite of stiff and formal.
Example: This summer’s designs are free and easy.

10. fashion faux pas
fashion faux pas is ❛a fashion mistake❜.
Example: Wearing green and yellow tennis shoes to the wedding was a fashion faux pas that Bernice will never forget.

11. to be a cut above
Something that is a cut above is ❛superior❜ or ❛better❜ than something else.
Example: The workmanship of this dress is a cut above.

12. to be a slave to fashion
Someone who is a slave to fashion is ❛someone who wears clothes and accessories solely because they are in style❜.
Example: Too many people are slaves to fashion. Forget about trends – wear what looks good on you!

13. to be all the rage
Something that is all the rage is something that is ❛in❜ or ❛currently fashionable❜.
Example: Floor-length dresses are the latest rage.

14. to be dressed to the nines
When you are dressed to the nines, you are ❛wearing fashionable, fancy or attractive clothes that make you look very good❜.
Example: Did you see Beverly at last night’s reception? She was dressed to the nines.

15. to be in (style)
When something is in or is in style, it is ❛fashionable at the moment❜.
Example: I didn’t know that harem pants were in last year.

16. to be striking / stunning
When something is striking or is stunning, it ❛attracts attention because it is exceptionally beautiful, different or unusual❜.
Example: The blouse’s asymmetrical neckline is stunning.

17. to be out (of style)
When something is out or is out of style, it is ❛no longer fashionable❜.
Example: I didn’t know that harem pants are out this year.

18. to catch on
The English idiom to catch on means ❛to become popular or fashionable❜.
Example: A-line skirts have really caught on, although I, personally, prefer pencil skirts.

19. to catch someone’s eye / to be eye-catching
If something catches your eye or is eye-catching, it is ❛exceptionally attractive or noticeable❜.
Example: This year’s bright colors are very eye-catching.

20. to come into fashion
If something comes into fashion, ❛it becomes fashionable❜.
Example: He wondered whether leather hats will come into fashion again.

21. to cut a fine figure
If you cut a fine figure,you ❛look good and cause others to admire your appearance❜.
Example: Bruce cut a fine figure in his new black suit.

22. to dance to someone else’s tune
Someone who dance’s to someone else’s tune ❛does what he is told or in the same way that others have done before him❜.
Example: A revolutionary designer does not dance to anyone else’s tune. He dances to his own tune.

23. to each his / her own
The idiom to each his own means that ❛people have different tastes❜.
Example: In my opinion, the colors were not complementary. To each his own, I guess.

24. to fit like a glove
When something ❛fits very well❜ or ❛ fits perfectly❜, it fits like a glove.
Example: Her wedding dress fit like a glove 3 months before the wedding, but it needed to be let out just before the ceremony.

25. to go out of fashion
When a style our item of clothing goes out of fashion, it is ❛no longer fashionable❜.
Example: Shoulder pads went out of fashion in the late 1980s.

26. to go overboard (on something)
The expression to go overboard (on something) means ❛to use or do too much of something❜.
Example: I love, glamor and shine, but it is not a good idea to go overboard on the glitter.

27. to have had its day
When something has had its day, it is ❛old, no longer useful, no longer successful or outdated❜. In the world of fashion, this expression could apply to a piece of clothing, a trend or a person working in the industry.
Example: I think that Dad’s checkered suit has had its day. It’s time to buy a new one.

28. to have had one’s fill of something
If you have had your fill of something, you ❛have had too much of it and don’t like it anymore❜.
Example: I have had my fill of pastel colors. From now on, I only want to wear black.

29. to make a fashion statement
If you make a fashion statement, you ❛wear something that expresses your personal taste and/or is attention-grabbing❜.
Example: Michael’s pink plaid pants made a fashion statement at work last week.

30. to turn heads / to be head-turning
When something or someone turns heads or is head-turning, it ❛gets people’s attention❜.
Example: The designer’s polka-dot patterns and bright colors were head-turning.

31. to work wonders
The English idiom to work wonders means ❛to improve something a lot❜.
Example: That style works wonders for your figure. You look fabulous!

32. yesterday’s news
The expression yesterday’s news refers to ❛something that everyone already knows❜ or ❛something that no one is interested in anymore❜.
Example: These bold patterns are yesterday’s news. Today, people are wearing solids in subtle colors.

[The English Idioms Daily Blog] 

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