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'weekend' idioms and more!

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A Sunday driver!

Here are some expressions that use words related to your favourite time of the week...the weekend!

a wet weekend

this expression can be used to describe rainy weather on the weekend, but here we use it to describe a person who we think is boring and not fun:
'I don't like him. He's as much fun as a wet weekend!'

a long weekend

This expression decribes not working on the weekend, and also, having an extra day off on Friday or Sunday - probably because of a national holiday. At least three days off including Saturday and Sunday:
'I feel refreshed after my long weekend. I love having three days off!'

a dirty weekend

This expression is usually refers to a couple going away somewhere for the weekend to have sex. It is often used to describe a secret relationship where the couple are possibly married, but not to each other (an affair):
'The boss was caught having a dirty weekend with his secretary! His wife is going to divorce him.'

a Saturday night special

This slang phrase is becoming a little old fashioned these days. A Saturday night special is a cheap and small gun. The name first appeared in the New York Times back in the '60s.
'The robber was caught by the police carrying a Saturday night special.'

Sunday best

Your Sunday best are your smartest or 'best' clothes. If you were going to a formal party you would wear your Sunday best. Traditionally people would dress in smart clothes on a Sunday when they went to church:
'Joanna looked lovely all dressed up in her Sunday best'.

Sunday driver

A Sunday driver is someone who drives very slowly. The description has a negative meaning. We use it to desribe a driver who makes other drivers angry because of their slow driving. Sunday drivers go for a drive on Sunday just for something to do. They are not in a hurry and are not going anywhere special:



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