Phrasal-Nouns – Letter C (With Prepositions)

–  Prepositional Phrasal-Nouns – Letter C  –


  • (a) CheckUp – This is an idiomatic term used to describe when a person goes to a doctor, not because he or she is sick, but because he or she wants to “check” on his or her over-all health…  “Doctors say that a person should have a *check-up* every six months, but I think they are crazy.  They just want to keep pumping people with drugs and charging them outrageous bills.”

  • (A) Chip On (one’s) Shoulder – Though this is a noun phrase, it actually acts as an adjectival phrase as well to describe a person who has a bad attitude, either in general or about a certain situation.  We use this phrase when the person with the bad attitude is very stubborn about it and refuses to change, usually because the person is not very mature and is embarrassed to either change, to admit that he or she might have been wrong, they refuse to “forgive and forget”, or they are choosing to “hold a grudge”…  “Bob’s got a real *chip on his shoulder*!  First he was complaining that he never gets promoted, then when he did he refuses to be happy and now he’s complaining that his new office gets to much sunlight!”  –  (See also:  “Forgive and Forget” and “Hold a Grudge”.)

  • (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 also a Noun Phrase of its own, and has nothing to do with the normal usage of the word “Rest”)

–  ( Phrasal-NounsLetter C )  –

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