Remembrance Day Idioms

Step 1

November 11th is Remembrance Day in Canada. Learn more about various Canadian holidays here.

Now, study the infographic below. Do you recognize any of the idioms? Use a dictionary to look up their meanings.

This week’s idioms are:

  • all-out war
  • on the warpath
  • to fight a losing battle
  • a war of words
  • under the gun
  • to stick to your guns
Poppies and a silhouette of a soldier.

Step 2

Now that you are familiar with the idioms, listen to the dialogue. Can you hear the idioms? Listen again.

Step 3

Now, look at the script of the dialog. Listen to the dialog again. This is one of the best ways to build your listening skills.

DorianHey, how’s it going?
GregNot bad I guess, but I’m feeling a little under the gun.
DorianWhy? What’s up?
GregWell, a co-worker misquoted me, now all my colleagues are upset with me.
DorianThat’s not good! Sorry to hear that.
GregI’m trying to let everyone know what I actually said.
It’s really becoming a war of words. I feel like I’m fighting a losing battle.
DorianHey, you know what you really said. You have to stick to your guns.
GregI know, but I’m pretty sure we’re headed for all-out war. Everyone is talking. To make matters worse, I know the boss will find out about this. Once he hears about this, he’ll be on the warpath.
DorianI understand what you’re saying. OK, the first thing you need to do is …

Step 4


Check your Understanding of Remembrance Day Idioms!

Now, see the idioms matched with their definitions!

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