Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) something of extraordinary size
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    • a monster task/job/project
  • Analysis
    A monster is a large ugly or frightening imaginary creature often appearing in fantasy stories and folklore. If you call someone a 'monster' it means they are a cruel or wicked person who behaves in an almost inhuman way. Often badly behaved children are referred to as 'a monster' meaning they are hard to control and they are unruly. Something which is 'a monster' can also refer to something enormous or very big. The verb 'to monster' means to criticise or reprimand someone similar to 'giving out' to someone or intimidating them. 
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Cleaning up after the storm was a monster job for the family.
    2. My father monstered me if I didn't do well in school.
    3. My daughter just threw a tantrum in the supermarket. She can be a real monster sometimes.
    4. Legend has it that a monster lives in the lake.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Contacting all the clients in one day was a monster task.
    2. The project was a bit of a monster, but they had a good team working on it.
    3. Rebuilding the website after the cyber-attack was a monstrous undertaking. It took months!
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