Add Fuel to The Fire

add fuel to the fire: make a bad situation worse.Add Fuel to The Fire

When the man in the car behind him got too close, Tony slammed on his brakes, causing an accident. Then Tony got out of the car and smashed the man’s headlights, which justadded fuel to the fire.


Learn English Idioms: C


    said when you want someone to stop criticizing you.

    e.g. Please, call off the dogs. I apologize for what I have done.


    someone or something which is a dependable source of appreciable amounts of money; a moneymaker.

    e.g. The type writers production which had been their cash cow for so many years witnessed a collapse of sales.


    Why aren’t you speaking?

    e.g. Tell us about the trip. What happened? What’s the matter? A cat got your tongue!


    To refuse to do something because of fear.

    e.g. He chickened out just at the time they were taking him to operating theatre.


    not brave.

    e.g. They are just chicken-hearted boys. They can’t defend themselves from any attacks.


    To assume success too early, before it is certain.

    e.g. It’s too soon to cry victory. Don’t count your chicken before they hatch!

Learn English Idioms: D

  • Days are numbered

    When someone’s days are numbered, they are expected to die soon.

  • Dead as a doornail

    This is used to indicate that something is lifeless.

  • Dead in the water

    If something is dead in the water, it isn’t going anywhere or making any progress.

  • Dead right

    This means that something or someone is absolutely correct, without doubt. The opposite is dead wrong.

    e.g. You: “Trees are lovely souls.”
    Me: “You are dead right.”

  • Diamond in the rough

    A diamond in the rough is someone or something that has great potential, but is not refined.

  • Different strokes for different folks

    This idiom means that different people do things in different ways that suit them.

  • Discerning eye

    If a person has a discerning eye, they are particularly good at judging the quality of something.

  • Do the trick

    If something does the trick, it has the necessary effect.

    e.g. You: “I need to glue these rocks together.”
    Someone: “This super glue should do the trick.”

  • Do their dirty work

    Someone who does someone’s dirty work, carries out the unpleasant jobs that the first person doesn’t want to do. Someone who seems to enjoy doing this is sometimes known as a ‘henchman’.

  • Do time

    When someone is doing time, they are in prison.

  • Do’s and don’t

    The do’s and don’t’s are what is acceptable or allowed or not within an area or issue, etc.

  • Dog eat dog

    In a dog eat dog world, there is intense competition and rivalry, where everybody thinks only of himself or herself.

  • Dog’s life

    If some has a dog’s life, they have a very unfortunate and wretched life.

  • Don’t cry over spilt milk

    When something bad happens and nothing can be done to help it people say, ‘Don’t cry over spilt milk’.

  • Don’t give up the day job

    This idiom is used a way of telling something that they do something badly.

    e.g. Your friend tries to fix your car but he is having trouble. You can say “Don’t give up your day job, man.”

  • Don’t hold your breath

    If you are told not to hold your breath, it means that you shouldn’t have high expectations about something.

  • Don’t judge a book by the cover

    This idiom means that you should not judge something or someone by appearances, but should look deeper at what is inside and more important.

  • Don’t mention it

    This is used as a response to being thanked, suggesting that the help given was no trouble.

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff

    This is used to tell people not to worry about trivial or unimportant issues.

  • Don’t throw bricks when you live in a glass house

    Don’t say others do actions that you, yourself do. Don’t be a hypocrite.

  • Don’t throw bricks when you live in a glass house

    Don’t call others out on actions that you, yourself do. Don’t be a hypocrite.

  • Doormat

    A person who doesn’t stand up for themselves and gets treated badly is a doormat.

  • Double-edged sword

    If someone uses an argument that could both help them and harm them, then they are using a double-edged sword sword; it cuts both ways.

  • Down and out

    If someone is down and out, they are desperately upset or poor and need help.

  • Down in the dumps

    If someone’s down in the dumps, they are depressed.

  • Down the drain

    If something goes down the drain, especially money or work, it is wasted or produces no results.

  • Down the hatch

    This idiom can be said before drinking alcohol in company or sometimes parents can tell their children “down the hatch!” when the children have to take medicine.

  • Down-to-earth

    Someone who’s down-to-earth is practical and realistic. It can also be used for things like ideas.

  • Drag your feet

    If someone is dragging their feet, they are taking too long to do or finish something, usually because they don’t want to do it.

  • Draw the line

    When you draw the line, you set out limits of what you find acceptable, beyond which you will not go.

  • Drink like a fish

    If someone drinks like a fish, they drink far too much alcohol.

  • Drive someone up the wall

    If something or someone drives you up the wall, they do something that irritates you greatly.

  • Drop a bomb(shell)

    If someone drops a bomb or a bombshell, they announce something that changes a situation drastically and unexpectedly.

  • Drop in the bucket/ ocean

    A drop in the bucket or a drop in the ocean is something so small that it won’t make any noticeable difference.

  • Drop/ fall into your lap

    If something drops into your lap, you receive it suddenly, without any warning. (‘Fall into your lap’ is also used.)

  • Drop someone a line

    If you drop someone a line, you send a letter/message to them.

  • Drop the ball

    If someone drops the ball, they are not doing their job or taking their responsibilities seriously enough and let something go wrong.

  • Drown your sorrows

    If someone gets drunk or drinks a lot to try to stop feeling unhappy, they drown their sorrows.

  • Dry spell

    If something or someone is having a dry spell, they aren’t being as successful as they normally are.

  • Ducks in a row

    If you have your ducks in a row, you are well-organized.

  • Dumb as a rock

    If you are dumb as a rock, you have no common sense and are stupid.

  • Dwell on the past

    Thinking too much about the past, so that it becomes a problem is to dwell on the past.


War Horse

War Horse is one of my favourite movie though I just watched it once but this movie could make me so touched about hard effort, sincerity, friendship, buffetings, and conviction. Have you ever watched it? Check it out! ^^

Quotes: “Wherever you are I will find you and I will bring you home.”


War Horse is a 2011 war drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is an adaptation of British author Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 children’s novel of the same name set before and during World War I.

The film’s cast includes David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Eddie Marsan, Toby Kebbell, David Kross and Peter Mullan. The film is produced by Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, and executive produced by Frank Marshall and Revel Guest. Long-term Spielberg collaborators Janusz Kamiński, Michael Kahn, Rick Carter and John Williams all worked on the film.

War Horse became a box office success and was met with positive critical consensus. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, two Golden Globe Awards and five BAFTAs.



In 1912, a teenage boy named Albert Narracott (Jeremy Irvine) from Devon, England, witnesses the birth of a Bay Thoroughbred foal and subsequently watches with admiration the growth of the young horse, galloping through the fields at his mother’s side. Much to the dismay of his mother Rose (Emily Watson), his father Ted (Peter Mullan) buys the colt at auction, despite a friend pointing out a more suitable plough horse for his farm. Desiring to spite his landlord Mr Lyons (David Thewlis), and retain his pride, Ted bids higher and higher for the colt. The high cost of the horse at 30 guineas (31½ pounds) means he is unable to pay rent to Lyons, who threatens to take possession of the farm if the money is not paid by autumn. Ted promises to meet the deadline, suggesting he could plough and plant a lower, rock-filled field with turnips. Albert names the horse Joey and devotes much time to training him. Albert’s best friend, Andrew Easton (Matt Milne), watches as Albert teaches his colt many things, such as to come when he imitates the call of an owl by blowing through his cupped hands.

Ted, who has a bad leg from a war injury, is frequently shown drinking alcohol from a flask he carries. Rose shows Albert his father’s medals from the Second Boer War in South Africa, where Ted served as a sergeant with the Imperial Yeomanry. Ted was severely wounded in action, and received the Distinguished Conduct Medal for bravery under fire. She gives Albert his father’s regimental pennant, telling Albert that his father is not proud of what he did during the war, and that he had thrown the flag and medals away, though Rose saved and kept them hidden.

Albert trains Joey for the plough and, to his neighbours’ astonishment, prepares a stony hillside field to plant with turnips. However, a rainstorm destroys the turnip crop, so Ted, in order to pay the rent and without telling Albert, sells Joey to the young cavalry officer Captain James Nicholls (Tom Hiddleston) as the First World War gets underway. Albert subsequently pleads with the officer and begs for him not to take the horse, but Nicholls can only promise that he will take care of Joey as his own horse and hopefully return him after the war. Albert tries to enlist in the army but is too young, and before the captain leaves with Joey, Albert ties his father’s pennant to Joey’s bridle.

Joey is trained for military operations and becomes attached to Topthorn, a black horse with whom he is trained for his military role, and the two horses become friends. The two horses are deployed to France with a flying column under the command of Captain Nicholls, but the Cavalry charges are now hopelessly obsolete, a fact that becomes tragically clear when Captain Nicholls and his fellow cavalrymen charge through a German encampment and although achieving initial success, are met with the concentrated firepower of emplaced machine guns. Nicholls is killed along with most of his fellow cavalrymen, and the Germans capture the horses.

On the German side a 14-year-old Michael (Leonard Carow) convinces a superior that the two horses are fit to pull an ambulance wagon, and he and his brother Gunther (David Kross) drive the horses. Gunther gives the pennant to Michael as a good-luck “charm” when he is assigned to the German front, but Gunther ignores an order to remain behind and await call to a later position. Unable to persuade his brother to remain behind, he captures him from the column, on horseback, with Gunther riding Joey and Michael riding Topthorn. Their goal is to ride to Italy, but they stop for the night to hide in a farm’s windmill and are discovered by their fellow German soldiers. Their status evident, they are executed by firing squad.

The following morning, a young orphaned French girl named Emilie (Celine Buckens), who lives at the farm with her grandfather (Niels Arestrup), finds the two horses inside the windmill and takes care of them. German soldiers arrive and confiscate all food and supplies from the property, but Emilie hides the horses in her bedroom to avoid them being taken by the Germans. Emilie suffers from a disease that makes her bones fragile and is not allowed to ride the horses for fear of falling. Nonetheless, Emilie’s Grandfather, for her birthday, allows her to ride Joey, and she gallops the horse up the hill adjacent to the farm. This proves to be a dreadful mistake, and when Emilie does not return immediately, Topthorn races off towards the hill, with the Grandfather following behind. He sees that she has run into the German soldiers who ransacked their farm earlier. The German soldiers take the horses, despite Emilie’s protests. The Grandfather keeps the pennant.

Joey and Topthorn are put to pulling German heavy artillery, an exhausting task which kills horses quickly, either by gunfire or exhaustion. They serve in this brutal task under care of Private Friedrich (Nicolas Bro), who loves horses and tries to help them survive.

By 1918, Albert has enlisted and is fighting alongside Andrew in the Second Battle of the Somme, under the command of Lyons’s son David (Robert Emms). After a British charge into no-man’s land, Albert, Andrew, and other British soldiers miraculously make it across into a deserted German trench, where a gas bomb explodes, filling the trench with poison gas.

Joey and Topthorn have survived years of hard service in the German army, much longer than most horses, but Topthorn finally succumbs to exhaustion and dies. Friedrich is dragged away by other German soldiers, leaving Joey to face an oncoming tank. The horse escapes and runs into the no-man’s land, where he gallops through the devastated Somme and gets entangled in the barbed wire barriers. From their respective trenches, both British and German soldiers spot Joey in the night mist, and although disbelieving at first that a horse could have survived the battle, a British soldier from South Shields, named Colin (Toby Kebbell), waves a white flag and crosses the no man’s land, trying to free the horse and coax him to the British side. Pieter (Hinnerk Schönemann), a German soldier from Düsseldorf, comes over with wire cutters, and together they free Joey from the barbed wire. They flip a coin to decide who should take possession of the horse; Colin wins and guides Joey back to the British trench, now having formed an unexpected friendship with Pieter.

Andrew has been killed by the gas attack, but Albert has survived, temporarily blinded and with bandages covering his eyes. While recuperating at a British medical camp, he hears about the “miraculous horse” rescued from no-man’s land. The army doctor (Liam Cunningham) instructs Sgt. Fry (Eddie Marsan) to put Joey down, due to his injuries. But when Fry is about to shoot, Joey hears the owl call he learnt as a colt. Albert is led through the troops to Joey, again sounding his call, and Joey hurries to meet his long-missed friend. Albert explains that he raised Joey, and with bandages still covering his eyes, gives an exact description of the horse’s markings, confirming his claim. Joey is covered in mud, so the veterinary surgeon at first dismisses Albert’s statement, but he is astonished when soldiers wash away the grime, revealing the four white socks and diamond star on Joey’s forehead.

The armistice – on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 – that brings the end of the war coincides with Albert regaining his eyesight. When he learns that only officers’ horses will be shipped home, he accepts funds from his fellow soldiers to purchase Joey at a scheduled highest-bidder auction, but finds himself losing a bidding war with a French butcher, reaching 30 pounds. Then a bid of 100 pounds is entered. The bidder is an older gentleman, Emilie’s grandfather, who informs the butcher that if he is bid against, he will sell his coat and bid to £110 – and should he be bid against again, he will sell his farm and bid to £1,000. No other bid is placed, and the grandfather takes ownership of Joey, planning to return with him to his farm. He tells Albert that Emilie has died, and after hearing about the miracle horse, he has walked three days to get Joey back, for the sake of his beloved granddaughter’s memory.

Albert pleads for the horse with Emilie’s grandfather, who at first remains stoic. The old man is surprised, however, when the horse chooses to return to Albert as if to say goodbye, and he subsequently presents Albert with the military pennant, asking him what it is. Albert’s quick recognition of the pennant convinces the grandfather that Joey is indeed his horse, and that returning Joey to his care is a better tribute to the memory of Emilie. Finally, Albert is seen returning with Joey to his family’s farm, where he hugs his parents and returns the pennant to his father. The elder Narracott extends his hand to the boy, now a man and like him, a former soldier.


The Amazing Bird, Peafowl (Peacock)

Indian Peafowl

Dineshkannambadi at en.wikipedia

Peafowl are three Asiatic species of flying bird in the genus Pavo of the pheasant family, Phasianidae, best known for the male’s extravagant eye-spotted tail, which it displays as part of courtship. The male is called a peacock, the female a peahen, and the offspring peachicks. The adult female peafowl is grey and/or brown. Peachicks can be between yellow and a tawny colour with darker brown patches. The term also embraces the Congo Peafowl, which is placed in a separate genus Afropavo.

The species are:

  • Indian Peafowl, Pavo cristatus, a resident breeder in South Asia. The peacock is designated as the national bird of India and the provincial bird of Punjab.
  • Green Peafowl, Pavo muticus. Breeds from Burma east to Java. The IUCN lists the Green Peafowl as endangered due to hunting and a reduction in extent and quality of habitat. It is a national symbol in the history of Burma.
  • Congo Peafowl Afropavo congensis.

The name for a group of peafowl is a pride, or an ostentation.


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Subfamily: Phasianinae
Genus: Pavo
Linnaeus, 1758

Common Mistakes

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Pronoun Chart Pronouns


SAY or TELL – Learn the difference


We use SAY for direct quotation. E.g.:

John said, “I am very busy.

Mary said to me, “I don’t feel well.”


We also use SAY for indirect quotation when the person to whom the words are said is NOT mentioned. E.g.:

John said that he was very busy.

They said it was time to go home.


We use TELL for indirect quotation when the person to whom the words are said IS mentioned. E.g.:

Mary told me that she didn’t feel well.

The teacher told us to study harder.


We also use TELL in the following special ways:

-to tell the truth

-to tell a lie

-to tell a story

-to tell about something

By: Sibilla