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Posted by Sphinx on June 05, 2003

Hi folks,
I'm a English learner and could help me with the meanings of the following phrases?
1.the Next Big Thing

2.to have a non-uniform day

3.Better start building an ark.

4.Brush off one's coat.

5.There are a lot of family reunions and festivities here in Uzbekistan, and I always have to serve a dish that I've made myself, which means I have to stay up late to prepare my lectures, a uzbek teacher said.
(serve a dish?)

6.When you say somebody is ill, you say one "go down with" some illness or "come down with" some illness?

I would appreciate it enormously if you would help me!
Thanks in advance!
Sphinx