Take a rain check – To be a real page turner – In the same boat


take a rain check, to be a real page turner, in the same boat

1. The idiom take a rain check is used when you have to refuse an invitation but would like to accept the invitation for another time in the near future.

  • Do you want to go to the movies tonight? – I am working tonight, I’ll take a rain check.
  • I’ll take a rain check on that invite to lunch. Do you want to have lunch this time next week instead?
  • He is so sick, he took a rain check from the meeting today. We will rearrange the meeting for early next week.

2. The noun page-turner refers to a book that is so exciting or interesting that you can’t stop reading the book and you continue turning to the next page. Therefore, to be a real page turner describes a book that is extremely exciting and full of suspense.

  • Have you read ‘The Girl on the Train’? It’s a real page-turner.
  • The Da Vinci Code was a real page-turner, I read it in one night, I couldn’t put it down.
  • The next book I read I want it to be a real page-turner, I want to read a really inspiring book.
  • The novel I am reading now is a real page turner, it’s all I think about!

3. In the same boat is an idiom used to express solidarity or understanding. To be in the same boat with somebody means you are in the same situation or predicament as another person and you understand what they are going through or experiencing.

  • I hate my job but I can’t find a better position. I am in the same boat, I can’t find any better position.
  • I have been studying all night but I still don’t understand the maths problem. I studied all night too, we are in the same boat. I think we should talk to the professor.
  • I’m so confused! I don’t know what to do with my future. I am in the same boat, I don’t if I should continue studying or follow my dreams and travel the world. It is a very hard decision to make, I understand why you are confused.


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