Brisbane 2032

A feeling of slight trepidation (see glossary below) and anxiety had been growing in the people of Brisbane and South East Queensland (S.E.Q.) on Wednesday, 21st July 2021.  This was because the host for the 2032 Olympic Games was to be announced that evening.

Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane CBD, opened in 1930

It may have been surprising to some that there was concern about the result as Brisbane appeared to be in a one-horse race. It was the sole city being looked at by the I.O.C. (International Olympic Committee) to be the host of the Olympics and Paralympics in 2032.Β  However, Brisbanites had been warned “don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched”.Β  Perhaps this had been said to help build suspense and, if this was the case, it proved successful as there was a palpable sense of relief when Brisbane was announced as the host of the XXXVth (35th) Olympiad.

Redcliffe Jetty, Redcliffe, South East Queensland

It is eleven years until the biggest international sporting event in the world comes to Brisbane.  I am looking forward to seeing the changes that take place in the city in which I was born and raised.

The City of Brisbane, the view from Mt Coot-tha Lookout

If you live in Brisbane or S.E.Q., what changes would you like to see happen?  If you have never visited, what do you know about Brisbane and S.E.Q.?  What would you like to find out? 

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Glossary

trepidation – fear or worry about what is going to happen

anxiety – an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or worry about something that is happening or might happen in the future

one horse race – a race or competition that only one of the competitors has a real chance of winning

Brisbanites – natives or inhabitants of Brisbane (i.e. people who were born, or live, in Brisbane)

don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched [saying] – said to emphasise that you cannot depend on something happening before it has happened

palpable – (of a feeling) so strong that it seems as if it can be touched or physically felt

Olympiad – an occasion on which the Olympic Games are held

raised – to take care of a person, or an animal or plant, until they are completely grown

Idioms starting with ‘make’: make somebody’s mouth water

The word ‘water’ has a few different meanings and can be used in a number of different ways.
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From watching the video, though, I think this is another easy-to-understand idiom.

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make somebody’s mouth water – to make someone hungry for something

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Idioms starting with ‘make’: make somebody sweat

Are you familiar with the verb ‘sweat’? It is a natural process in which you produce a clear, salty liquid (i.e. sweat) through the skin when you feel hot, ill or stressed/frightened.
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I think this idiom is quite straightforward which makes it easier to understand than others.

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make somebody sweat – INFORMAL to make someone wait nervously

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Idioms starting with ‘make’: make somebody’s skin crawl

The word ‘crawl’ has a few different meanings, but none of them clearly explains the meaning of this idiom.
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Listen to the video to see if you can work out what it means.
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make somebody’s skin crawl – If someone or something makes your skin crawl, you think they are very unpleasant or frightening.

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Imagine an insect crawling up your arm. How does that feel? Is it a pleasant sensation? For most people, it’s not.
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When using English, we like to be creative with our words in order to describe our feelings in a colourful (i.e. interesting) way.
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Idioms starting with ‘make’: make someone’s gorge rise

Do you know the meaning of ‘gorge’? Don’t worry if you don’t as it won’t help you to understand what this idiom means!

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mutton – the meat from an adult sheep
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Cooked mutton has a very strong smell. If you don’t like the smell of cooked lamb, you are unlikely to enjoy the smell of cooked mutton.
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make someone’s gorge rise – to make someone feel disgusted or sickened

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In the example sentence, the idiom means to make someone feel ill.
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Sometimes, though, this idiom means ‘to make someone feel shocked and angry’. 😠

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The utter devastation of war makes her gorge rise.
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This idiom is not so common nowadays, but it is still handy to know what it means.
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Does anything make your gorge rise? If so, what?
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Idioms starting with ‘make’: make somebody’s hackles rise

Some animals have hairs on the back of them that rise when they are frightened or about to fight. Likewise some birds have feathers on the back of the neck that respond in the same way. These are called ‘hackles’.

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make somebody’s hackles rise – to greatly irritate, annoy or aggravate someone

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The example sentence refers to ‘outlandish behaviour’. ‘Outlandish’ is an adjective which means strange and unusual and difficult to accept or like.
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If you haven’t heard this idiom before, I am not surprised as it is not a common expression. Being able to use it accurately, though, can make a good impression.
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Idioms starting with ‘make’: make somebody’s life hell

Are you familiar with the concept of ‘hell’? Is it the kind of place in which you would like to live?

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make somebody’s life hell [INFORMAL] (also make life hell for somebody) – to cause a lot of problems for someone and make them very unhappy

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This is quite a strong idiom and shouldn’t be used too much as this would lessen its strength (i.e. make it less strong).

You could substitute ‘hell’ with ‘difficult’ to soften (i.e. weaken) this idiom or, if you wanted to sound more positive, you could replace ‘hell’ with ‘challenging’.
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Idioms starting with ‘make’: make somebody’s heart flutter

Flutter? A bird flutters its wings. A person can flutter their eyelashes. What does it mean if somebody makes your heart flutter?

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make somebody’s heart flutter – If you are very attracted to someone physically and you feel excited whenever you see or talk to them, or even think about them, you can say that they ‘make your heart flutter’.

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If someone makes your heart flutter, you are probably feeling a mixture of nervousness and excitement.
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These feelings tend to be more common in our teenage years, but can occur at any time in our lives.
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When was the last time someone made your heart flutter?
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Idioms starting with ‘make’: make somebody’s day

Go ahead. Make my day.

This catchphrase (i.e. well-known expression) was made famous by Clint Eastwood when he played Dirty Harry in the 1983 film ‘Sudden Impact’. It also includes today’s idiom.

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make somebody’s day – to make someone happy

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The character Dirty Harry used this idiom in order to threaten violence. However, it is usually used in a much more positive way.
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The example sentence in the video can be used after something has happened that makes a person happy. It uses the present perfect tense (i.e. has made) because the day is not over yet.

Here are some examples of how the idiom can be used using different tenses.
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Example 1:

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A: Thank you so much for all the support you give me. I don’t know what I would do without you.

B: Aw, thanks! I had been feeling a bit down this morning, but that has really made my day.
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It really made my day when my boss told me that she had appreciated all my hard work.
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Simple Present Tense. πŸ˜‰

Seeing your cheerful face really makes my day.
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It will really make my day if you bring me breakfast in bed.
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Idioms starting with ‘make’: make someone’s acquaintance

Are you familiar with the word ‘acquaintance’? Today’s idiom uses this noun in a formal way.

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make someone’s acquaintance – [FORMAL] to meet someone

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Although people generally use more informal English nowadays, it’s still useful to know some formal expressions to use on special occasions.
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NOTE: Thrilled is a strong adjective and we don’t normally use ‘very’ with these adjectives. So, in the example sentence, we would not say, “I’m very thrilled to make your acquaintance“.
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You can make this idiom sound a bit less formal by changing some of the words. See examples below:

I’m pleased/happy to make your acquaintance.

It’s good/great/lovely to make your acquaintance.
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