Today let’s take a look at how a word can be used as a noun, a verb and part of an idiomatic phrase. Let’s take, for instance, the word “ wire.”
Its main meaning is “a metallic strand used chiefly to conduct electricity” (Sp. alambre)
- She’s learning to make wire jewelry.
Besides, in Slang, and as a verb, it means “to install electronic eavesdropping equipment in (a room, or o someone)
- An apparent bulge in President Bush’s jacket during the first debate fed rumors that he was wired to get help.
It can also be found in some informal idioms like “down to the wire,” meaning any situation which is tense because its outcome may not be decided until the very last moment. It’s a favorite phrase of commentators in most sports pretty much everywhere in the English-speaking world. Look at this example taken from a headline referring to the England Netball Premier League:
- Hartlepool Oaksway’s fight for Premier League survival is going down to the wire.”
Another “wire” phrase commonly used in sports is “wire to wire,” which means from start to finish. An example of a wire to wire race is when a runner is in first place for the entire duration of the race.
- The Charlotte Hornets were able to defeat the Orlando Magic in a wire to wire(121-81)
Razorlight is an English-Swedish indie rock band formed in 2002. Their third studio album, “Slipway Fires”, released in 2008 included a single called “Wire To Wire.” Listen to it carefully. Here are the lyrics but as you may notice, some words are incorrect, could you fix it? After you’re done, check it out here to see if you did it OK
In one of the lines, we can listen “I’ve been looking for someone to believe in,” which is a good example of the use of dependent prepositions. You can do this exercise to practice your prepositions.
Being wire so useful, how come we now enjoy so much being wireless?!