Phrasal-Adjectives – Letter T (With Prepositions)

–  Prepositional Adjectival Phrases – Letter T  –


  • A (Real) Blast From The Past – This is an Adjectival, MetaphoricalIdiomatic and Prepositional Phrasal-Noun which is used to describe something which was a part of, or represents a memory (fond or otherwise) from the past.  This phrase is used when the thing which is it describing has not been thought about for a very long time, has probably been forgotten, and the arrival of which came as a big surprise.

“Seeing my some of my old friends from Grateful Dead Tour was a real blast from the past.  I completely forgot about the week that we travelled together through the redwood forests of Northern California…  (but understandably-so).” 😉

(Just Notice that the word “Real” is often used with this phrase, but is not necessary.  Also that:  “The Past” represents a noun-phrase)

  • (to be) A Cut Above The Rest – this is an Idiomatic, Adjectival and Prepositional Phrasal-Noun which is used to express that:  Someone or something is significantly better than “the rest”.  The noun “cut” could be referring to a “cut” of meat, or it could be referring to the “cut” of a fine suit.  This phrase is an “old” one (meaning that it is older than me) 😀 and – as such – the origin is not clear.  However, the use is clear…

GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! is clearly unique among the English language websites.  In fact the others don’t even compare.  You could say that  GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! is a cut above the rest.” 😉

(Also Note that “The Rest” is a Noun Phrase, and has nothing to do with the normal usage of the word “Rest”)

  • (to be) Tied Up – This is an idiomatic adjectival phrase which is used to mean:  To be so busy or simply preoccupied with something, that one is not able to do anything else (even if one wanted to.)  This comes from the idea that, even if a person wanted to have a piece of delicious cake (for example), because he or she is *tied up*, he or she (literally) does not have the ability to enjoy a delicious piece of cake, becaue s/he is…  *Tied Up*.  However, this phrase is often used as an excuse for when one really doesn’t want to do some thing, but (for whatever reason) is uncomfortable to just say so.

  • (to be) Under The Weather – This is an Idiomatic Prepositional Adjectival Phrase used to describe when a person is not feeling very well, but is not necessarily sick from any virus or bacterial infection.  The phrase comes from the fact that many people feel this way when there is a drastic change in the weather – such as when the seasons change.  However, this phrase is often used by people as reason for not wanting to go to work


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