Sergey Antipov

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  • 00:00: hi guys I'm Alex thanks for clicking and welcome to this lesson on idioms with out today we're going to look at some of the most common idioms that use out in the English language on the board we have some sentences at the bottom we have some definitions for each of the idioms that we will look at today so let's start from the top and you guys can tell me what is the meaning of this idiom what is its definition the first sentence says Dan is out like a light and we have an idiom that means
  • 00:32: something similar and can be used in exactly the same situation or in a different situation as well and it says I was out cold for 20 seconds so it is possible to say I was out like a light for 20 seconds or Dan is out cold as well now what do you think these two phrases these two idioms mean do they mean broken not working tired or exhausted not alert or uninformed unconscious or asleep not
  • 01:04: possible or not permitted if we look at the context and we say Dan is out like a light or I was out cold for 20 seconds I think the most obvious one would probably be unconscious or asleep so here we'll put number 1 okay so if a person is out like a light or out cold this can have two meanings the first meaning can be simply that they are
  • 01:34: deeply asleep so if I say wow Dan is out like a light like I can hit him I can slap him he's not waking up okay so a person who is not only asleep but deeply asleep can be out like a light or out cold now if you think of boxing and you think of a boxer getting hit in the face and knocked out he goes unconscious so you can say that while he's out cold if there's no response he's out cold he's
  • 02:04: unconscious you can also say he's out like a light okay all right guys let's look at number two it says the printer has been out of commission for two days okay so what do you think this means out of commission is it broken not working tired or exhausted not alert or uninformed or not possible or permitted well when you think of a printer a printer works or it doesn't work if it's out of commission it's
  • 02:35: probably broken or not working right okay so we often use this idiom when we talk about machines pieces of technology it cannot it can be for other things too like if I said that the toilet is broken I can be a little you know exaggerative I don't know if exaggerative is a word but I can exaggerate and say the toilet is out of commission it's it's not working it's it's broken okay
  • 03:05: the next one says he was out of gas after the first half so imagine this is a soccer player you know in soccer you have the first half the second half and after the first half he's out of gas like a car right so your car can be out of gas so what do you think out of gas means in this context if we think about cars well is it tired or exhausted not alert uninformed not possible obviously tired or exhausted right so this is number
  • 03:35: three okay so if you're out of gas you have no more energy you are absolutely exhausted it can be for a car it can also be used for a person number four going on vacation this year is out of the question so imagine that this year you don't have a lot of money maybe you don't have a lot of free time so you cannot go on vacation it is out of the question so this means that hmm you
  • 04:06: probably figured it out it's not possible or it's not permitted now this idiom we often use in an imperative sense so if you ask your parents if you can go out somewhere or if you can sleep over at a friend's house and they say that is out of the question that's out of the question they are just stating the fact that it's not possible they're not permitting you
  • 04:37: to do it so you can just say out of the question which means not possible or I'm not allowing you to do it okay finally I didn't understand the lesson because I was out to lunch well there's only one option left so not alert it can also mean uninformed so if you are out to lunch you're not actually out eating lunch somewhere it kind of means like your mind was in a different place in a different location
  • 05:08: like you're on lunch when you're relaxed and you just want to sit and chat with your friends so if you were out to lunch it means that you weren't paying attention or your mind was in a different place okay so just as a review guys if you're out like a light or out cold you are deeply asleep or you are unconscious if something is out of commission it means it's not working it's broken if you're out of gas you have no more energy you're exhausted extremely tired if
  • 05:39: something is out of the question it's not possible it's not permitted and if you're out to lunch you not you are not paying attention you weren't alert or you're uninformed of something all right guys if you'd like to test your understanding of these idioms you can check out the quiz as always on in vidcom take care and good luck you