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12 / 06 / 2007

BODY EXPRESSIONS: ELBOW: meaning and examples

Hello. Today we continue with expressions that include body parts. Today we look at expressions with elbow (codo).

Today's 1st expression is: to get the elbow (informal)

It means: to be told by someone that they no longer want to have a relationship with you; to be told to go away.  

Example 1
Janet: Weren't you going to the cinema with Jack?
Lisa: Yes I was, but he gave me the elbow. Would you like to come with me? 

Today's 2nd expression is: elbow grease (informal)

Meaning: it refers to the effort used in physical work, especially in cleaning or polishing something.

Example 2:
Father: Come on son. You've got to put some elbow grease into that or you're never going to finish.
Son: I'm doing the best I can, dad, but these windows are very dirty.

Today's 3rd expression is: elbow room (informal)

Meaning: enough space around you to be comfortable and to move or walk.

Example 3:
Come on everybody! Give me some elbow room. I need to get through. I have a very ill patient with me and I need to get to the emergency room.

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