– Prepositional Phrasal-Nouns – Letter A –
- (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.” 😉
- (a) Free-For-All – This is an Idiomatic Adjectival and Prepositional Noun Phrase which is used to describe a situation where-in there is no perceivable rules or organization, and one can do whatever he or she pleases. This Phrase is also used to describe something which has gotten out of control.
“Both times that there was a Woodstock concert, they turned into a complete free-for-all. However, the first one was such, just because so many people showed up that it was clear that there was no way to keep all the people from coming in. The second time it became another kind of free-for-all. Because un-like the hippies at the first concert who just wanted to be free and love each other – the kids at the second concert just wanted to tear shit up and cause total fʌkɪŋ mayhem… stupid kids.”
- (a) Straight Answer – This is an idiomatic phrasal noun used to describe an answer that is simple, direct, and not clouded by other unnecessary information. This is usually demanded when someone is avoiding answering the question, usually because he or she is affraid of the consequences of telling the “truth” of the situation… “Hillary Clinton, when being questioned about the situation in Benghazi, just couldn’t seem to give a *straight answer*. In fact she can’t seem to give ANY answer that she hasn’t been coached on first.”