Phrasal-Adjectives – Letter L (With Prepositions)

–  Prepositional Phrasal Adjectives – Letter L  –


1.  In a situation, where-in, a person is having trouble finding the correct words to express what he or she wants to say.

“I have done the presentation a hundred times before but for some reason, today, I was at a total loss for words.”

2.  In a situation where-in a person does not even know how to react (and usually there is another person or group is expecting some sort of response.)

“When the police presented the evidence against him, and it was clear that his story was a lie – suddenly the criminal was at a complete loss for words

(Notice also that the phrase is separable)

  • (to be) In The Limelight – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which is used to refer to the world of show-business.  If an actor, actress, singer, musician, politician, reality star, attention-whore, is being talked about, is on lots of talk-shows, making lots of movies or… whatever – we can say that they are “in the limelight”.  The term comes from the fact that, in past, there were lights that were used in Theater and dance-halls that used lime calcium as an ingredient to create very bright light.  These lights were called “lime lights”…  thus the term.

  • (to be) In The Loop – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which means:  “To be kept informed about, or to have special access to, specific and important and/or exclusive information.”…

“If a reporter wants to be successful in his or her career, he or she needs to be in loop about things happening in the areas that they are reporting about.  This gives them an advantage over their competitors and colleagues.”  –  (See Also:  “(to) Keep (someone) In The Loop (about something)

  • (to be) Laid Back – This is an idiomatic adjectival phrase which means, to be very relaxed. However, this phrase can also be used to describe someone’s personality…  If a person is very *laid back*, then that person probably doesn’t get upset or excited very easily.

  • (to be) Let Down – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Phrasal Adjective, which can also be used as a separable Phrasal-Verb which is used to mean the same thing as being disappointed.  This probably comes from the fact that we consider feeling good to be a “high” feeling and when one is disappointed, they feel “low” so they are “down” from the previous good feelings and this is done because of the actions (or in-actions) of another or others…

“I was incredibly let down by my family who never even told me that they were selling my grandmothers house which had all of my belongings stored in it.  It’s always a terrible disappointment to find out that people you love, clearly don’t care about you.”

  • (to) Lose (one’s) Confidence In (someone/something) – Though, “to lose” something is a verb phrase, this describes the condition of a state of being, so it is used as an adjectival phrase to infer that one previously had confidence in a person or thing, but for some reason no longer is of the same mind as before…  “Back in the 1990s I thought that the human race was really starting to make some seriously good changes, but since about 1998, I have completely *lost confidence in* their ever getting over the most basic of animal instincts and childish behavior.”

  • (to be) Off Like A Shot – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which means:  To leave some place – and the “shot” is in comparison to a “gun-shot”.  So…  since the bullet of a gun moves VERY fast, this phrase just means that someone has left a place very very quickly…

“Once he saw his ex-girlfriend coming in through front door of the party, he quickly made his way through the kitchen, found the back-door, and he was off like a shot!  There was no way he was going to let that freakin’ psychopath ruin his evening.” (true story) 😀


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