Going out for Dinner - Idioms in Context

Going out for Dinner
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This short idioms in context dialogue features a husband and wife getting ready to go out for dinner. It's been along hard week at work. Try reading the dialogue one time to understand the gist without using the idiom definitions. On your second reading, use the definitions to help you understand the text while learning new idioms. You'll find idiom definitions and a short quiz on some of the expressions at the end of the story.


Going Out to Dinner

Tom: Would you like to visit the powder room before we leave for dinner?
Alison: Oh, come on, I know you are in a rush. Why are you being so sweet? You usually want to get out the door and burn rubber whenever we go out for an evening. 

Tom: That's not fair! You know I love my new set of wheels. That's the only reason I like to drive fast! As far as my always being in a rush, it's only because I have to keep the man happy all week long. I'm so used to having to continually prove that I'm worth my salt that I get demanding with others. I apologize for that!
Alison: You need to stop complaining about your boss. Put a cork in it! You've got a good job and are well-paid. That's no reason for you to always be in such a hurry.

Tom: OK, OK, I say uncle. You win. I'm impatient and always in a rush. Pardon my French, but it's @#$!* difficult to do all the number crunching at work, while still having to listen to the boss complain about everything.

Alison: I know, I know. Sometimes it feels like he's too demanding, but you need to tune him out. Just get on with your work and don't let him bother you so much. 

Tom: Yes, I know it takes two to tango. I just wish he wouldn't always feel like he has to take a parting shot. 
Alison: Unfortunately, that's part of being an employee.

Remember your the best employee he's got, and he's not going to forget that. He may complain, but he knows the score. That means he depends on you. 

Tom: Thanks for the shot in the arm. I can always count on you to cheer me up. Let's have a great evening out. In fact, let's seal that with a kiss.
Alison: Now you're talking!

Idioms Used in the Dialogue

burn rubber = drive away quickly
it takes two to tango = every argument or problem is caused by two people, not only one person is to blame
know the score = understand the true situation
number crunching = bookkeeping
pardon my French = I apologize for saying some bad words
parting shot = one last comment meant to hurt or criticize someone
powder room = bathroom, WC
put a cork in it = be quiet, stop talking
ring a bell = remind someone of something
say uncle = give up, admit defeat
seal with a kiss = agree to something
shot in the arm = encouragement
the man = the employer, corporate employers
tune someone/something out = ignore someone or something
worth one's salt = produce enough to keep someone employed

Going Out to Dinner Quiz

  1. Peter's a great employee. He's definitely __________.
  2. Would you please be quiet?! __________ in it!
  3. Remember we're both to blame because it takes _________.
  1. John needs some encouragement. Give him a __________ and tell him how good he is.
  2. Sometimes it's necessary to __________ all the noise and concentrate on work no matter how much craziness is going on.
  3. She spent the morning __________ and now has all the financial figures we need.
  4. Don't think you can fool me. I __________.
  5. Let's get out of here! Let's __________ and hit the road.

Quiz Answers

  1. worth his salt
  2. Put a cork
  3. two to tango
  4. shot in the arm
  5. tune out
  6. number crunching
  7. know the score
  8. burn rubber

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