Found to be lacking something one needs, especially money, as in Can you pay the check? I seem to be caught short. This idiom uses short in the sense of “lacking money,” a usage dating from the early 1500s.
Gettin’ Short and Sweet with ApostrophesAn apostrophe (’) can show possession or indicate that letters or numbers have been omitted. They can also indicate ownership. Possessive Nouns When a singular noun doesn’t end in S, you just need to add an apostrophe and an S to make it possessive. Examples include “the boy’s bike,” “the dog’s leash,” and “Bob’s house.” If a singular noun does end in S, you should …
What Are Mr. And Mrs. Short For?When it comes to Mr and Mrs the difference is pretty clear, but what about Miss Mrs Ms? Quick answer: Ask her what she prefers — Miss Mrs or Ms?
annoy, disturb, perplex, bewilder, perturb, faze, confuse, puzzle, upset, distract, shame, rattle, irk, plague, agitate, mortify, fluster, stun, bother, disconcert
- caudle cup,
- caught dead, wouldn't be,
- caught flat-footed,
- caught in the middle,
- caught with one's pants down, be,
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