According to Cocker—(U.S. also: according to Gunter) absolutely correct; exactly as it should be. So you ought to be, according to Cocker, spending all your time in sick rooms. According to Mrs. Beeton—(UK) an advice of culinary perfection according to Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management (1886). According to Mrs. Beeton, the jar has to be shaken […]
Accommodate someone to something—adapt or adjust a person to something. One of the solutions [of housing] is to accommodate people to the multistory residential building. Accommodate someone with something—provide a person with something, especially as a favor. It was very good of you to accommodate me with the ticket for my journey.
Accidents can happen—is used to say that smth. unforeseen may always occur. Don’t commit yourself to completing the book this year—accidents can happen, you know. Accidents will happen—is used to say that some unfortunate events must be accepted as inevitable. Stop going on so about that broken jug. Accidents will happen, you know.
Academic junk food—(coll.) college degree courses of no academic value to students. He describes the disintegration of the curriculum into limitless numbers of “interdisciplinary studies” programs that are often academic junk food. Junk food—food, as potato chips, hamburgers, and hot dogs, that is high in calories but of little nutritional value. Many schools are selling […]
à la guerre comme à la guerre—(Fr.) is used to tell a person to make do with what one has or do what one has to do. She walked … with a certain rebellion burning in her heart. It was not the right sort of heart to take to a love-meeting. But à la guerre comme à la […]