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10 School Idioms, Phrases & Phrasal Verbs


➡ Ace a test - to get a perfect score or to do very well on a test 
• Example - I'm going to study real hard so that I can ace the test. 

➡ Blow something - to do something poorly, to fail something 
• Example - I can't believe I blew another test. My grades are going down the tube. 

➡ Know-it-all - someone who annoyingly thinks he knows everything 
• Example - Max is such a know-it-all. He thinks he knows everything. 

➡ Brush up on - to review 
• Example - We need to brush up on our Spanish since we are going to Mexico next month for vacation. 

➡ Hit the books - to study 
• Example - We really need to hit the books if we want to do well on the exam on Friday. 

➡ Draw a blank - to suddenly forget 
• Example - I missed that test question, but I totally knew the answer. I just drew a blank. 

➡ Drop out - to quit school or someone who quit school 
• Example - Man, I'm tired of school. I think I'll drop out and do a little travelling. 

➡ Teacher's pet - the teacher's favourite student 
• Example - Mary is totally the teacher's pet. He gives her a good grade no matter how poorly she does.

➡ Play hooky - to skip class, to be absent from class without permission 
• Example - Mark and Janet got caught playing hooky. Now they're in trouble with their parents. 

➡ Pop quiz - a surprise quiz 
• Example - The teacher gave us a pop quiz today. I think I blew it.

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