Splendid Expressions Week 4: Day 1 of 5

Topic: CHARACTER

Complete the following colloquial expressions:

1

Their father's such a ........ touch. He always lets the children get their own way.

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b)
c)
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2

Writers need to be thick ........ to cope with some of the criticism they get from reviews.

a)
b)
c)
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3

Sue's a very modest person and you never hear her blowing her own ........ despite her business success.

a)
b)
c)
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Now complete the gaps with the missing words.

4

A) He really should try and be a bit more assertive. He's such a soft with everyone.

B) I'm quite skinned and I'm not overly troubled by criticism.

C) Some people would argue that we all need to our own trumpet now and again if we want our talents to be recognised.

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Make them your own!

1) Is there someone you know who is a soft touch?
2) Can you think of a situation you were in when you needed to be thick skinned?
3) Can you give an example of when it might be OK to blow your own trumpet?

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