Posted by Henry on August 26, 2003
In Reply to: Today's Phrases. posted by kathaab on August 25, 2003
: hi..Today's list..Thank you very much.
: 1.to square the circle
Squaring the circle, i.e. constructing a square whose area equals that of a given circle, is one of the three famous construction problems of antiquity. The phrase can mean to balance or to square accounts. It is also used to mean to attempt the difficult or even the impossible.
: 2.may be acting out of character
He is not behaving normally
: 3.to get you hot under the collar.
to annoy you or make you angry
: 4.Saddam's forces simply melted away
the forces (soldiers) disappeared
: 5.withered away
died like a plant without water
: 6.to add color to the story
make the story sound more exciting
: 7.live out his days as ...
spent the rest of his life as...
: 8.To round out these speculations
Provide more information on, perhaps support the speculations?
: 9.time and again
: 10.worn down their loyalty
exhausted their loyalty - they might support someone else
: 11.I can understand where you are coming from
I understand why you think that