If you are mauled by an animal, you are violently attacked by it and badly injured. • He had been mauled by a bear. In the Mail’s headline, the term is, of course, used figuratively.
The literal meaning of breadline is a line of people waiting to receive food given by a charitable organization or public agency. Figuratively speaking, someone who is on the breadline is very poor. If you are living below the breadline, you are even poorer than that. Above the breadline suggests you are a bit better, but not much.
Back to School
Summer vacation was over and Little Johnny returned back to school.
Only two days later his teacher phoned his mother to tell her that he was misbehaving.
„Wait a minute,“ she said. „I had Johnny with me for three months and I never called you once when he misbehaved!“
Physics Teacher: „Isaac Newton was sitting under a tree when an apple fell on his head and he discovered gravity. Isn’t that wonderful?“
Student: „Yes sir, if he had been sitting in class looking at books like us, he wouldn’t have discovered anything.“
„If there are any idiots in the room, will they please stand up“ said the sarcastic teacher.
After a long silence, one freshman rose to his feet.
„Now then mister, why do you consider yourself an idiot?“ inquired the teacher with a sneer.
„Well, actually I don’t,“ said the student, „but I hate to see you standing up there all by yourself.“
This blog is created to all of you who love English and learning. I hope that many of my students will find here useful things and support to improve their knowledge and that they will be inspired too. We are both here for the same reason – to learn, grow, and reach our potential.