Are you a heavy sleeper? Do you fall asleep easily after a hard day’s work, or do you find yourself lying awake tossing and turning? I usually start to doze off at about 11 o’clock and I’m out cold by midnight.
Check out today’s video to see if you know how to use this idiom correctly, and then try out some of the practice exercises below.
Out cold? Do you mean outside in the cold?
No! Out cold basically means unconscious, but it can be used in different situations. It can be used to mean unconscious, knocked out, like in a boxing match; fast asleep or sleeping heavily; or asleep due to alcohol consumption.
Let’s see how we can use this phrase naturally:
- This fight is over! What a punch by Muhammad Ali! Sonny Liston is out cold!
- Aww! Look at the kitty cat! She’s out cold on the TV! How cute is that? She’s adorable!
- Umm, I think your Uncle Jimmy may have had too much to drink. He’s out cold on the kitchen floor!
So, there we are. Can you use this phrase in a sentence of your own? If so, leave it in the comments section below.
Now, try to answer the following questions using today’s idiom:
- Have you ever seen a person knocked out in a boxing match?
- How well do you usually sleep after a hard day’s work?
- Have you ever needed to shake a fellow student awake at school? Why?
- Do you have a friend who fell asleep at a loud party? Why do you think he or she was able to sleep so well despite the noise?