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Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES.
Different people have different ways of saying (1)– their own special (2). Each week we tell about some (3) American expressions.
The (4) is one of the most simple and (5) things in the world. It is a (6) made of paper or (7). It has given the world many (8) expressions that are not very simple. Some of them are (9) in the United States today.
One is bagman. It (10) a go-between. The go-between (11) to it that money is (12)– often illegally – from one person to another.
Another widely-used expression is to let the (13) out of the bag. It is used when someone (14) something that was (15) to be secret. No one can (16) how the cat got into the bag. But there is an old story about it.
Long ago (17) sold things in large cloth (18). One day a woman asked for a (19). The tradesman held up a cloth bag with something moving inside it. He said it was a live pig. The woman (20) to see it. When the (21) tradesman (22) the bag, out (23) a cat – not a pig. The tradesman’s (24) was out. He was trying to (25) her. And now everybody knew it.
The phrase to be (26) holding the bag is as (27) used as the expression to let the cat out of the bag.
This expression makes the person left holding the bag (28) for an action, often a (29) or misdeed. That person is the one who is (30). The others involved in the act (31).
Where the expression came from is not clear. Some say that General George Washington used it during the American Revolutionary War.
One of Washington’s officers, Royall Taylor, used the expression in a play about Daniel Shay’s rebellion. The play was in (32), after Taylor helped to put down Shay’s rebellion.
Shays led a thousand war veterans in an attack on a federal building in Springfield, Massachusetts. Guns were in the (33). Some of the protesters/ protestors were farmers who had no money to buy seed. Some had been put in (34) for not paying their (35). They were (36) who fought one war against the king of England, and were now prepared to fight against their own government. Most of the rebels were captured. Shays and some of the (37) escaped.
In his play, Taylor describes Shays as disappearing, giving (38) “the bag to hold.”
A bag is useful in many ways. Just be careful not to let the cat out of the bag, or someone may (39) you (40) the bag.
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nhungnguyen91
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snowflake19
đăng lúc 10:47 - 12/04/2013
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snowflake19
đăng lúc 10:47 - 12/04/2013

It's is difficult to listen 

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katakana
đăng lúc 10:21 - 09/03/2013

sao ad k dang dap an di. de con biet minh nge sai hay dung chu ad? please

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ngocanhcdav
đăng lúc 11:36 - 13/01/2013

i think it is very useful.

my listening skill is very bad. What should I do now?

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đăng lúc 00:04 - 30/11/2012

1.things                    11.sees                    21.                       31.escape

2.expressions            12.bag                      22.opened            32.1787

3.popular                  13.cat                      23.jump                33.building

4.bag                       14.tells                     24.secret              34.prison    

5.useful                    15.supposed             25.trick                 35.debts                

6.container               16.explain                 26.left                   36.men            

7.cloth                     17.tradesman            27.widely               37.officers                              

8.strange                  18.bags                    28.responsible        38.others

9.used                      19.pig                      29.crime                39.leave                                

10. describes             20.asked                  30.punished           40.holding                                                 

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chutchich00
đăng lúc 12:11 - 27/06/2013
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chutchich00
đăng lúc 12:10 - 27/06/2013

21. dishonest

 

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thuy_hoi
đăng lúc 17:08 - 14/11/2012

i want to speak english very well

every body help me

 

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puoisanhkeo123
đăng lúc 19:28 - 01/11/2012

22/40, chủ yếu sai từ thiếu ed, hix, try your best again.

có ai muốn skype E Speaking với mình không

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