17 Let’s Catch a Flick, Then Grab a Bite.
Art: Logan! There you are!
Logan: Hey Art . . . Glad you caught me . . . I was just packing up shop.
Art: I was almost out the door too, then I remembered you wanted to get together this weekend. You still feel up to it?
Logan: I do . . . but you’re not gonna stand me up like you did last week, are you?
Art: Are you still stewing over that?! Cut me some slack,
Logan. It wasn’t my fault plans fell through at the last minute . . . There was an emergency.
Logan: You left me high and dry tenminutes before the concert started!
Art: Logan, I told you I had to pick up my niece fromsoccer practice.Her mom’s car broke down . . . I said I was sorry.What else can I do?
Logan: So . . . you’d like to make it up tome . . . Hmmm. . .
Art: Uh-oh . . .
Logan: I’ll think about it and let you know. But in the meantime, I definitely need to let off some steam after this week.What a headache!
Art: Same here.
Logan: Any ideas?
Art: I dunno . . . something low-key. I’ve been running around like a chicken with its head cut off all week.
Logan: How about catching a flick?
Art: Okay . . . But we never see eye to eye onmovies.
What’ve you got inmind? No chick flicks, I hope.
Logan: Don’t be such a sexist pig! You know . . . there is that new romantic comedy with . . .
Art: Oh, I KNEWit!
Logan: Hey! You oweme!
Art: Fine, then. Guess I’ll just zone out for two hours . . .
Logan: Uh-uh.No zoning out . . . I’m gonna ask for a play-byplay when the movie’s over.
Art: You don’t let a person off easy, do you?
Art: All right, all right. So, how ’bout grabbing a bite to eat before the movie; I’m starving.
Logan: Great . . . I’m so hungry I could eat a horse right now.
Art: So . . . we’llmeet in about an hour and a half?
Logan: Perfect . . . and that about evens the score.
Art: What do youmean?
Logan: Dinner’s on you!
1. To pack up shop. To prepare a place in order to leave it.
2. To be out the door. To leave. To be gone.
3. To feel up to something. To have the desire to do something.
4. To stand someone up. To not show up for a date or appointment without giving the other person advance warning.
5. To stew over something. To be quietly angry about something.
6. To cut someone some slack. To give someone a break. To be understanding of someone’s situation.
7. To fall through. To not be accomplished. To not work out.
8. To leave someone high and dry. To fail to do something that someone else was depending on. To bail on someone without warning or trying to make up for it in some other way.
9. Tomake it up to someone. To compensate someone for something, especially something that you’ve done wrong. To do something in order to apologize.
10. In themeantime.While waiting. In the time that passes between one event and another.
11. To let off some steam. To release or let go of built-up energy, anxiety, or pressure.
12. Low-key. Relaxed and quiet. Simple.
13. Like a chicken with its head cut off.Moving around quickly and crazily, as if without reason or thought.
14. To catch a flick. To see amovie.
15. A chick flick. A romantic or emotionalmovie, as opposed to an actionmovie or thriller, suggesting (chauvinistically) that these movies appealmostly to women.
16. To zone out. To stop thinking or become unaware of one’s environment.
17. A play-by-play. Amoment tomoment description of events, either as they happen or after the fact.
18. To let someone off easy. To allow someone to get away with unacceptable behavior with only a light punishment. A similar expression is “to let someone off the hook.”This means to not hold someone responsible for something, or to not punish him or her for a mistake or misdeed.
19. To grab a bite. To eat a snack or light meal, usually outside of the house.
20. To be so hungry you could eat a horse. To be very hungry. Used humorously.
21. To even the score. To settle things, to make things even, to arrive at a fair resolution between two people.
22. To be “on” someone. To be someone’s responsibility, especially financially.
Source: Easy American Idioms