To leave (someone) – to choose to end a romantic relationship with another
Person, especially when that other person does not want to end the relationship
* Brian’s father left his mother when Brian was just three years old.
It’s about time – a phrase used to show that one is glad or relieved that
Something has finally happened, and that one wishes it had happened sooner
* It’s about time you asked your boss for a raise! You’ve been with the company
For 10 years, and they’re still paying you the same salary.
To make (something) work – to try very hard to make something be successful,
Especially when talking about a relationship
* They tried to keep the restaurant open, but in the end they just couldn’t make it
Work and they had to close their business.
For a lack of trying – due to one’s unwillingness to try to do something that is
Difficult or unpleasant, usually used in the negative
* Nancy studied really hard, so if she fails the exam, it won’t be for a lack of
On (someone’s) part – referring to one person’s involvement or participation in
Something, or to one person’s opinion or belief about something
* There were a lot of bad feelings on Liu’s part. He has never been able to
Forgive his sister for what she did.
To bend over backwards – to do everything possible to make something
Happen, especially to make something easier for another person
* The customer service representatives are fantastic! They always bend over
Backwards to solve their customers’ problems.
To please – to make someone happy or satisfied; to do or say something that
Another person will like
* Jessina always tried to please her parents by earning good grades in school.
To take (someone) for granted
– to not appreciate another person and/or his or
Her actions and behaviors; to not recognize someone for the good things he or
* Don’t let your boss take you for granted! Make sure she knows just how much
You contribute to the team.
Too good for (someone) – superior to someone; better than someone
* Becca’s parents have always thought their daughter was too good for their sonin-
Law, and it has really affected Becca’s marriage.
On the surface – superficially; relating to how someone or something seems at
First, before one really understands he, she, or it well
* Being a lawyer seems like a great career on the surface, but soon you realize
How much stress it involves.
Slimeball – someone who does bad, sneaky, tricky things and whom one does
Not want to spend time with because one does not respect him or her
* That guy is such a slimeball! He was dating three women at once, without
Letting them know it.
To appreciate (someone) – to value another person; to recognize the good
Qualities or characteristics of another person and let that person know that he or
She is admired
* We really appreciate our employees, and we try to prove it to them by offering
Generous compensation and vacation leave.
To be able to do worse – a phrase used to talk about something that is not
Perfect, but is not bad and is actually better than many other similar things
* The job isn’t perfect, but he likes it and he could do worse.
To treat (someone) right – to be kind, thoughtful, and considerate toward
Another person, not abusing or mistreating him or her
* Our nonprofit organization tries to help women whose boyfriends or husbands
Don’t treat them right.
Boy Scouts – an organization that teaches boys practical skills, values, and