I couldn’t see the guns but they were evidently firing directly over us. It was a nuisance to have them there but it was a comfort that they were no bigger. (E. Hemingway)
to sink in - to penetrate, to deeply in
1. He waited to let the importance of this bit sink in. (S. Heym)
2. He paused to let my reply sink in – to my mind, not to his. (Gr. Greene)
3. Make a little pause. “Give the facts a chance to sink in.” (S. Heym)
to be a credit to – to be a source of honour
(to be) to one`s credit – to be a proof or illustration of some good quality
to do somebody credit – to show that one deserves honour or good reputation
1. “And then the first time we went surfing together you took on some of the waves I let pass.” “Oh, that! It’s no credit to me. I lived in the surf when I was a kiddy… I won runs in heavy surf where I couldn’t win in still water.”
2. The second generation of Forsytes felt indeed that he (Dorset Forsyte) was no greatly to their credit. (J. Galsworthy)
3. “But when I say a thing I mean it; when I feel sentiment I feel it in earnest; and what I value I pay hard money for. That’s the sort of man I am.” “It does you great credit, I’m sure.” (B. Shaw)
A: Jane, what’s up? I can see you’ve been crying. Your eyes are all red and swollen. Ten to one you’ve again had a quarrel with your parents.
B: You’re not mistaken, Maggie. I’m fed up with their remarks. Catch me going home today. I’d prefer to spend the night in the street.
A:Jane, don’t talk nonsence. I suppose your parents wish you only good. It’s quite natural that sometimes your points of view are not alike. It’s better to be on friendly terms with them. If you put two and two together you’ll understand that we are to take the rough with the smooth. Life is too short to waste it on giving way to your anger. By the way, what’s happened this time?
B: At last you’ve asked about it. Once you start teaching me there’s no stopping you. I won’t go into details in order to save your time. Yesterday in the morning I asked my mother to let me go to the disco with my new boy friend. She agreed. The whole day I had been as pleased as Punch. But in the evening my good mood was put an end to.
A: Did your boy friend let you down?
B: Of course, not. Why are you so slow in the uptake? I said the problem was with the parents and not with the boy friend.
A: Would you take yourself in hand? It’s not my fault that you’ve got in a mess. At heart I feel for you very much. So, calm down and go on, please.
B: Sorry. It was the last straw. When I returned home to put on my new dress which had cost me a pretty penny, my father told me that I wouldn’t go anywhere as he wanted to ask me to do something about the house.
A: You don’t say so! I suppose you were rather taken aback.
B: Oh, yes, I needed several minutes to let my father’s words sink in. Then I went crazy and simply turned on him. I told him different awful things, that he was a nuisance, that he was slow in the uptake and he didn’t know me from Adam. I shouted that he didn’t understand my problems at all and that I preferred to live on my own than with them.
A: Oh, Jane, you shouldn’t have behaved in such a way.
B: I know. Now I regret it already.
A:Thanks Heaven! You’ve started to talk sense at last!
B: It’s a credit to you! If I hadn’t met you I wouldn’t have realized what a silly thing I’ve done. I’d better go home right now and ask my father to forgive me. Bye-bye.
A: Good luck!
I. Translate into Russian
1. “Were you going with these women while you were taking me out?” “Sure,” he said, glad to hurt her. “Can't she put two and two together?” he thought. (A. Sillitoe)
Her father’s face was impassive, as was natural, for he didn’t know the young man from Adam. (J. Galsworthy)
3. There was something jolly and careless about her, she was quick in the uptake, chatty. (W.S. Maugham)
4. … and it’s ten to one he’ll be up to his neck in conspiracy before he’s been in Tashkent a week. (R. Fox)
5. It was useless arguing with Jan when she looked like that. You couldn’t talk sense to her. (D. Cusack)
6. And yet, men who gave way to their appetites for novelty…new risks, these suffered, no doubt. (J. Galsworthy)
7. “I can take it then that you’ll see this young man comes back to school tomorrow?” “I’ll certainly put it to him,” said Shurin, a little taken aback by the direct attack. (R. Fox)
8. Tears were running down Evan’s cheek, his entire body was shaking with his effort not to give way. (A. Cronin)
9. He saw very well what was passing in their minds, a newcomer making himself a nuisance. (J. Galsworthy)
10. But a lot of luggage is such a nuisance. (B. Shaw)
11. He waited to let the importance of this bit sink in. (S. Heym)
12. It just shows that if you bring somebody right they’ll be a credit to you. (W.S. Maugham)
13. … it’s the more to his credit that he behaved well. (H. James)
II. Paraphrase the following sentences using the idioms studied
1. There’s no point in talking me into introducing you to him. I don’t know him at all.
2. I’m almost certain he won’t in the least be put about for he takes everything in his stride; lucky fellow, that.
3. Of course nothing definite has been said , but by piecing together the scraps of conversation I’ve heard I’m sure our exams will not begin before the 25th of April.
4. It’s the only time I heard him say something reasonable.
5. She has a good had on her shoulders, she quickly grasps things.
6. When young Jolyon was asked by his father to identify the body of Bosinney he was very much surprised.
7. Christine knows that she must not lose control of herself.
8. The dog was causing everybody so much trouble we had to get rid of him.
9. He spoke slowly and emphatically he wanted his words to go deep down into the minds of all those present.
10. Consistently pursuing the policy of peace is to the honour of our country.
11. Peter is always ready to lend a hand. He deserves to be praised.
12. He is the pride of our family.
III. Answer the following questions using the idioms studied
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