Tip 1: Utilize vocabulary books and online resources
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Tip 2: Understand the meaning, the context and usage of an idiomatic expression
A bitter pill
Meaning: An unpleasant piece of information
Context:Sometimes, a pill is bitter. But, it must be swallowed to improve your health. A piece of news can be unpleasant but it must be accepted and acted upon.
Usage:His treachery has been a bitter pill to swallow.
Ace in the hole
Meaning: Possess a secret advantage
Context:An expression that originates from poker, referring to possessing an Ace among the face down cards dealt to the player.
Usage:Our ace in the hole left our opponents stupefied; it isn't every day that an NBA star plays street basketball.
Meaning: Behaving very clumsily
Context:If a person has only a thumb and no opposing fingers, he would be very clumsy in handling objects.
Usage:I am so sorry I broke your plate. I seem to be all thumbs today.