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Question: Use only five of the following in sentences which illustrate their meaning
(i) Itching palm
(ii) The primrose path
(iii) Break one’s fall
(iv) Wash one’s hands of
(v) To become reconcile to
(vi) To militate against
(viii) To be cognizant of (viii) Wages of Sin
(i) Itching Palm: (To accept bribe eagerly) :
- In LDA office, all the executives have Itching palms.
2. “Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself are much condemned to have an itching palm to sell and mart your offices for gold to undeserves.” (Shakespeare)
(ii) The primrose path: (The life of ease and pleasure) :
1.Unable to enjoy his newly acquired wealth, he felt he was being led down the primrose path that leads to destruction.
2. Many young men are fascinated by the primrose path in the USA.
(iii) Break one’s fall: ( To cushion a failing person, to lesson the impact of a falling person) :
1. When the little boy fell out of the window, the bushes broke his fall.
2. The old lady slipped on the lee, but a snowbank broke her f 111.
(iv) Wash one’s hand of : (To end association with someone) :
1. The USA has washed its hand of Taliban issue.
2. The red car was a real headache. I washed my hands of it long ago.
(v) To Become reconcile to: (To become friendly and peaceful) :
1. The president and the chief justice were publically reconciled.
2. How can you reconcile with a black coat?
3. He was reconciled to his fate.
(vi) To militate against: (To make something less likely to happen be a powerful factor in preventing) :
1. These fundamental differences of language and religion will militate against the two communities coming together.
2. His prison record militates against him being p.m.
(vii) To be cognizant of: (Having knowledge or awareness) :
- Politicians must be cognizant of political boundaries within which they work.
(viii) Wages of sin: (Result of evil-doing) :
- She ate all the strawberries and ended up with a terrible stomachache -the wages of sin no doubt.