If you sign up for something, you are registering or subscribing to a service or an activity. You give your name and details so you can be part of a program. You are on an official list of participants or clients.
1. The best way to follow my blog is to sign up via email. That way when you register your email address, you will receive a daily email reminder with the link to the post.
2. Most cities have volunteer programs that you can sign up for. You can participate in programs to help the terminally ill, old age people, orphans, animal shelters etc.
3. If you’d like to start a new hobby, you can sign up for dance class, language classes, mixed martial arts, art classes, cooking courses, guitar classes, drumming… or whatever else you’re interested in.
If you draw the line, you are setting a limit of what is acceptable or not acceptable… of what you will tolerate or not. You decide how far you will let something go.
1. Many people in Egypt, Tunisia and Oman have drawn a line and are saying that they want change in their country right now. They will not put up with (tolerate) their governments any longer.
2. If you don’t draw a line and set limits for children, they will grow up to be undisciplined.
3. If you spend too much time on social networks or surfing the internet (which can be very addictive) you need to draw the line and set some personal limits of how long you can afford to spend online each day.
If you carry a secret to the grave it means that you will never reveal your secret. You will never tell anyone. It will die with you.
1. It is said that Harry Houdini, the most famous of escape artists, carried his secrets to the grave. He never revealed exactly how he escaped, and died shortly after one of his most famous escapes. Take a look at one of his escapes on Youtube.
2. There is a group on Facebook called “We All Have That Secret We Will Carry To The Grave”, where people are invited to share their secrets. Interestingly (and fittingly) there are no comments on the wall since you cannot remain anonymous if you post a comment.
3. You can trust me. Don’t worry, I will carry your secret to the grave.
Get rid of usually means to “eliminate” someone or something. In this specific case “get rid of” means that you don’t want to spend time with someone, perhaps because you simply want to be alone or that person irritates you. You exclude someone from what you are doing. You want them to go away.
1. It is not easy to get rid of telemarketers when they call you to promote or sell something, especially when they are persistent.
2. When you can’t get rid of someone who irritates you, you need to put up with (tolerate) them. Many people have a coworker/ colleague they would like to get rid of especially when they are busy, maybe because they talk too much or take up a lot of their time.
3. If you want to get rid of someone on Facebook because you don’t want to see what they post, the best way to do this is to “hide” their feed. It’s not necessary to delete them as a friend.
A dead man walking is a prisoner walking from his prison cell to a place of execution… or informally it is any person who is about to have an unhappy ending or is in trouble, especially someone about to lose their job.
1. He’s a dead man walking. It’s only a matter of time before the boss fires him. He never arrives to work on time and he’s already received many warnings.
2. On the day of my wedding, one of my friends jokingly told me, “Dead man walking”.
3. - I really hate going to the dentist! I have an appointment at 2pm.
- Dead man walking!