be related to someone—be connected by family to smb.: I am distantly related to the Rochesters by the mother’s side. relate to someone— 1. concern a person: When it doesn’t relate to me I can’t find the energy to worry about it. 2. communicate or deal with other people: Children need to learn to relate […]
be reflected in something—be clearly shown in smth.: The low level of interest in the election has been reflected in the unwillingness of the citizens to vote. reflect on something—bring smth. into question or disfavor: Your behavior reflects on the good name of the school.
be quit of someone—be free or rid of a person: “On the whole,” she continued thoughtfully, “it would be much better if he died. I mean, I’d feel more finally quit of him.” be quits with someone—be even with smb. by repaying a debt or by means of retaliation: He was quits with all the […]
be put up against the wall—said of smb. about to be executed by shooting: His appeal was turned down…. The day came round and he was put up against the wall to be shot. be up against the wall—(also: have one’s back against the wall) have run out of options; be pushed to the last […]
be put into execution—(also: be carried into execution) be carried out: The plan was put into execution and this was the beginning of the manufacture of woolen fabrics. be put to execution—1. = be put into execution: The plan was put to execution, and the group of three moved down, alongside of the rocky wall. […]
be poorly—be feeling unwell: “Kate, your mistress is poorly this morning, and prefers you not go in to her.” “Poorly? Oh, but sir, she will want her tea…” be poorly off—have very little money: Many of the Africans who came here as refugees more than a decade ago are still poorly off.
be pleased with oneself—be much satisfied with what one does: He was very pleased with himself after he had passed his driving test. please oneself—do whatever one likes, without having to obey others: We don’t have to be back by a certain time; we can just please ourselves.
be over someone’s head—(also: be above someone’s head) said of smth. too difficult to understand: I bought a handful of photographic magazines and when I got home to read them, I found they were completely over my head. Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase be in over one’s head—be involved […]
be out of the woods—(often negat.) be finally free from trouble or difficulties (also: be out of the wood): The Prime Minister is by no means out of the woods, and must fight to defend his leadership. Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase come out of the woodwork—appear as though out […]
be out of the ball park—(coll.) 1. be not close to the correct amount or number: Their budget “estimates” are out of the ballpark and too high in my opinion. 2. be beyond the boundaries of what is acceptable or possible: The project makes sense only with those recommendations, otherwise, it is out of the […]
be out of spirits—be dejected or depressed: I was out of spirits at the thought of leaving all my family and friends for so long a time. lose all spirit—lose courage or confidence: The lad had been so badly treated, that he had lost all spirit.
be out of one’s brain—(sl.) be very drunk (also: be out of one’s scull): By the time I arrived at the party he was out of his brain. have brains —(coll.) be very smart and intelligent: Don’t be fooled by her pretty appearance alone, this girl has brains to match!