A far cry from something: very different,
almost the opposite.
The movie was good, but it was `a far cry
from` the book it was based on.
About to: on the point of doing something.
Tom was `about to` leave when the tele-
A close call: a situation in which something
bad almost happened.
I had `a close call! ` A big truck almost hit
All along: all the time.
I knew `all along` that Jack wasn't telling us
the whole story.
All's well that ends well: a successful out-
come is worth the effort.
"I've completed writing my book after all
painful work. All's well that ends well."
All of a sudden: something happening
quickly, without advance warning.
It started out to be a beautiful day. Then, `all
of a sudden`, it became cloudy and began to
All thumbs: clumsy
"Look at Martin he broke the antique vase.
He's all thumbs."
As a rule: usually, customarily.
`As a rule` I never stay out late on a week
night, because I have to get up early the
As far as someone is concerned: in one's
`As far as I'm concerned`, it's too cold to go
swimming this afternoon.
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