Fear and anxiety idioms

Step 1

Study the power point to get to know this week’s idioms.

Step 2

Read the following dialogue to see the idioms in context:

Janet:Hi Julia, I haven’t heard from you for a while so I decided to give you a call. How was your weekend?
Julia:Oh, hi Janet, it’s good to hear from you. My weekend was good. How was yours?
Janet:Well, this Saturday, we went camping with our friends and it wasn’t without adventure.
Julia:Oh, really? Where did you go?
Janet:We went to Duck Mountain Provincial Park. After setting up our campsite, we went for a walk. Everything was great until we decided to go off one of the trails. Then, I was on tenterhooks.
Julia:Oh, why? Was there anything suspicious?
Janet: You know me – I am afraid of my own shadow, so even a rustle in the trees can easily set me off. That time, I thought I heard a bear grunting in the bushes. But my friends said it was only my imagination. They have nerves of steel.
Julia:I am sure I would break out in a cold sweat if I heard anything like that, too.
Janet: I know! I couldn’t calm down, so I asked my friend’s husband to check the area. I was holding my breath as he was approaching the bushes, but there was no need to worry.
Julia:This story with a bear must have made your heart skip a beat, but I am glad that it turned out to be ok.
Janet:Oh, yes, me too!

Step 3

Now listen to the idioms in context and to hear the proper pronunciation.

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Fear and anxiety idioms

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