Accept an offer przyjąć ofertę I was reluctant at first, but I finally decided to accept the offer accept the fact that



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odds and ends

różności, drobiazgi

There are a few odds and ends left on the lawn.

of little account

mało istotny

I have done many different jobs, however, they are of little account when it comes to the post I am applying for.

of some sort

jakiś

There must be life of some sort on other planets.

of substance

istotny, ważny

I have to come up with a theory of substance to make this essay valuable. Otherwise, I will fail the subject.

off duty

po dyżurze, po pracy

I am off duty on Friday, so give me a call on Monday and we’ll discuss it.

off the record

nieoficjalnie

There will be pay raises next year, however, it’s off the record, so keep it to yourself.

off the top of one’s head

z głowy, bez namysłu

I can’t recall off the top of my head. I would have to check it for you.

on a level with

na tym samym poziomie, na równi z

I feel I am on the level with Soma when it comes to languages, but he is favoured by all the teachers.

on a scale from 1 to 10

w skali od 1 do 10

On a scale from 1 to 10, I would give the movie a 6.

on arrival

po przybyciu, w chwili przybycia

On arrival, please register with our staff member.

on average

przeciętnie

On average, our students achieve two A’s and one B during their final exams.

on balance

biorąc wszystko pod uwagę

On balance, he agreed with Tim.

on duty

na dyżurze, w czasie pracy

I am on duty on Monday night, so I can’t meet you then.

on easy terms

na dogodnych warunkach

I am happy to sign the agreement on easy terms. We have been working together for quite a while now and I do trust you.

on no account

pod żadnym pozorem

On no account am I going to agree to sign that contract. It’s not legally binding.

on occasion

czasami

I specialise in translating from English but also, on occasion, I do translations from French.

on one hand... on the other hand...

z jednej strony... z drugiej strony...

On one hand, it would be a good idea to buy a house. On the other hand, a flat in the centre would be an easier option.

on pins and needles

jak na szpilkach

She has been on pins and needles awaiting her exam results.

on principle

dla zasady, z zasady

I don’t go out on Sunday on principle.

on public display

na widoku publicznym

The queen’s jewels are on public display in the Tower of London.

on purpose

celowo

I am sure you did it on purpose. You just wanted to annoy me.

on the basis of something

na podstawie czegoś

Your marks will be given to you on the basis of your performance in class and on the final test.

on the dot

co do minuty

You must be here at 3 pm on the dot, otherwise we won’t be able to get in.

on the edge of something

na skraju czegoś (także przenośnie)

The show is amazing! Most of the time the audience is on the edge of their seats.

on the face of it

na pozór

On the face of it, it seems like a bargain, but I bet there are hidden costs.

on the grounds of

z powodu

I was fired on the grounds of misconduct and poor performance.

on the grounds that

z powodu tego, że

I was fired on the grounds that I didn’t perform well and misbehaved.

on the left

po lewej, z lewej strony

Go straight on and the house will be on the left.

on the level

uczciwy, legalny

He is always on the level. I have never heard him lie.

on the mark

trafny (np. komentarz)

Your comment during the meeting was absolutely on the mark. I was really impressed.

on the principle that

zgodnie z zasadą, że

The organization works on the principle that all members have the same rights.

on the right

po prawej, z prawej strony

The bank is on the right of the main road, not on the left.

on the rocks

z lodem (drink)

Rum on the rocks please.

on the same day

tego samego dnia

If you make a booking, we need a written confirmation from you on the same day.

on the spot

na miejscu, od razu

We can issue library passes on the spot. All you have to bring is a passport picture.

on the spur of the moment

spontanicznie

We decided to go to Portugal on the spur of the moment, and now we have absolutely nothing planned.

on the surface

z pozoru

She is very serious and imposing on the surface but she really is a nice and warm person.

on this score

w tym względzie

I really have nothing to say on this score. Let’s change the subject.

on time

punktualnie

I am always on time. I hate people who are late.

on top of everything

na domiar wszystkiego

I have to clean the flat, do the shopping, pick the kids up from school, and on top of everything, I have to go to the bank, and pay the bills.

once upon a time

dawno, dawno temu; pewnego razu

Once upon a time, far, far away, there lived a prince and a princess.

one after another

jeden po drugim

They were all getting ill; one after another. By the end of the week half of my department was ill.

one false move

jeden fałszywy ruch/krok

It’s extremely dangerous! One false move and you are out.

one thing you can be sure of

jednego możesz być pewien

One thing you can be sure of is that I will be there whenever you need me.

one way or another

w taki czy inny sposób

One way or another, we have to check all the papers.

out of breath

zdyszany

I am completely out of breath. I have been running from the bus stop. Give me two seconds and I will be ready for the meeting.

out of harm’s way

z dala od niebezpieczeństwa

Because I don’t like risk, I try to keep myself out of harm’s way.

out of reach

poza zasięgiem, nieosiągalny

Unfortunately, the house is out of our reach at the moment. We can only afford a smaller flat.

out of shape

bez kondycji, bez formy

I am really out of shape at the moment, I haven’t exercised at all for the past few months.

out of sight, out of mind

co z oczu, to z serca

I can’t continue to meet Josh as I will never be able to get over him. Out of sight, out of mind, as they say.

over and over again

ciągle, w kółko

I have been telling you over and over again that you have to tidy up and you still haven’t done that.

over my dead body

po moim trupie

Over my dead body! I will never move to London.

over the years

przez wszystkie te lata

I spoke no French when I moved to Paris, however, over the years I managed to pick up enough to work in a French company.
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