Phrasal-Nouns – Letter T (With Prepositions)

–  Prepositional Phrasal-Nouns – 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)

  • (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”)

  • (a) Thing of The Past – This is an Idiomatic Phrasal Noun which is used to describe some “thing” [either a Concrete or Abstract Noun] which was common at some point in the past but no longer is.  This phrase is also used to imply that the “thing” referred to is no longer relevant due to being “a thing of the past”

“Not being able to use calculators in school is a thing of the past.  Now it is normal to do-so.”

“Despite what most modern so-called ‘feminists’ say, Female In-Equality and ‘The Patriarchy’ are a thing of the past.  But they don’t want equality, they want to establish ‘The Matriarchy’.”

(Notice also that “The Past” is a Noun Phrase by itself)

  • Down-Time– This is a phrasal noun which is used to mean:  leisure time, rest time, the time that you do not have to work…  “If you have an injury or an illness, it is important that you get plenty of *down-time* so that you are able to recover fully.

–  ( Phrasal-NounsLetter T )  –

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