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take a firm stand on something

przyjąć stanowczą postawę wobec czegoś

I really have to take a firm stand on the matter.

take a hint

zrozumieć aluzję

She should finally take the hint and realise that what she’s saying is unsuitable.

take a holiday

wziąć urlop

You work too much. You should take a holiday.

take a leaf out of somebody’s book

wzorować się na kimś, naśladować

Kylie took a leaf from Madonna’s book and performed in an outfit similar to hers.

take a lot of trouble

zadać sobie dużo trudu

I took a lot of trouble to organise the party and no one came.

take a risk

ryzykować, narażać się

I think you should take the risk and go. It might be the trip of your lifetime.

take a turn for the better

polepszyć się, poprawić się

I am sure that it will take a turn for the better next year.

take action to

podjąć kroki w celu

We must take action to prevent the crisis.

take advantage of somebody

wykorzystać kogoś (nieuczciwie)

Sam took advantage of Laura so that he would have to do as little work as possible.

take advantage of something

wykorzystać coś, korzystać z czegoś (w pełni)

I took advantage of the sunny day and spent the afternoon outside.

take an exam

przystąpić do egzaminu

In order to practise law I have to take an exam.

take care!

uważaj na siebie!

Take care! Hopefully I’ll see you soon.

take early retirement

odejść na wcześniejszą emeryturę

I think I might take an early retirement as I am still allowed to do so under the current law.

take effect

zacząć działać

The new law is going to take effect in January.

take exercise

ćwiczyć, gimnastykować się

I should take more exercise in order to stay fit.

take issue with somebody

nie zgadzać się z kimś

I always take issue with my neighbours, they are always quite loud.

take it easy!

spokojnie! ostrożnie!

Take it easy! There’s no cause for worry.

take measures

przedsięwziąć środki

We’ll have to take measures to solve the problem.

take my word for it

możesz mi wierzyć, masz moje słowo

It’ll be done by tomorrow. Take my word for it, you know you can trust me.

take office

objąć urząd

The new President took office in January.

take orders from somebody

wykonywać czyjeś rozkazy

The army took orders from the President.

take out insurance

ubezpieczyć się, wykupić ubezpieczenie

I have to take out insurance before I go on holiday.

take place

odbyć się, mieć miejsce

The play is taking place in a nearby park.

take power

objąć władzę

In two months I am taking power over the department.

take second place

zająć drugie miejsce

I took second place in the dance competition.

take shelter

schronić się

We have to take shelter. We can’t possibly walk in heavy rain without an umbrella.

take somebody in one’s arms

wziąć kogoś w ramiona

He took me in his arms as I was feeling really cold.

take somebody to court

pozwać kogoś do sądu

Because Peter wanted to claim their flat, he took Sam to court after they broke up.

take somebody’s advice

skorzystać z czyjejś rady

I’ll take your advice and apply for that job, as well.

take somebody’s point

rozumieć czyjś punkt widzenia

I take your point but I still don’t think that you are right.

take somebody’s side

brać czyjąś stronę; stawać po czyjejś stronie

You always take Joanna’s side. You could support me for once.

take somebody’s temperature

mierzyć komuś temperaturę

I think you are ill. I’ll take your temperature.

take something on faith

przyjmować coś na wiarę

If you say so. I’ll take it on faith. But if it doesn’t work out, it will be your fault.

take something to heart

wziąć sobie coś do serca

You shouldn’t take everything to heart. You stress yourself too much.

take stock of something

ocenić coś, podsumować, zastanowić się

We have to take stock of last year’s sales during our next meeting.

take the blame

brać winę na siebie

No one wants to take the blame for the damage, so we’ll charge a fee to all students living in the house.

take the chance

skorzystać z okazji

I am going to take the chance and apply to Oxford. Let’s see what happens.

take the floor

zabrać głos

I am scheduled to take the floor after Peter’s speech.

take the lead

objąć prowadzenie

As of January, we are taking the lead over the organisation.

take the occasion

skorzystać z okazji/sposobności

I would like to take this occasion to thank everybody for their hard work.

take the opportunity to do something

skorzystać z okazji i coś zrobić

I am going to take the opportunity to go abroad on holiday.

take the view that

być zdania, że

I take the view that living abroad for awhile is extremely educational.

take the wind out of somebody’s sails

zbić kogoś z tropu, podciąć skrzydła

When Sam told me that my project was not running, he took the wind out of my sails.

take to flight

uciec

Sarah took to flight when she realised that she would be given more responsibility.

take various forms

przybierać różne formy

Love and affection take various forms.

talk sense

mówić do rzeczy

Start talking sense! I really don’t understand what you’re talking about.

talk shop

mówić o sprawach zawodowych

Even at a party they have to talk shop!

talk somebody to death

zagadać kogoś na śmierć

Sarah could talk anybody to death. She never stops talking.

teach somebody a lesson

dać komuś nauczkę

I know that’s not nice, but it’ll teach him a lesson. At least he won’t make the same mistake again.

tear to pieces

podrzeć na kawałki

I’ve torn the letter to pieces.

tell a joke

opowiedzieć dowcip/kawał

I can’t tell jokes. People never laugh when I do.

tell something apart

rozróżniać coś

Can you tell Sam and Peter apart? They look the same to me.

tell the future

przepowiadać przyszłość

I can tell the future. Would you like to know what’s going to happen to you next year?

tempt fate

kusić los

Don’t tempt fate. You never know what’s going to happen.

test somebody’s patience

wystawiać czyjąś cierpliwość na próbę

Switch off this music! Are you trying to test my patience? I’ve had enough!

thankless task

niewdzięczne zdanie

I was given a really thankless task, but, well, somebody has to do it.

that about sums it up

to by było wszystko w tej kwestii

Well, that about sums it all up. It really wasn’t worth the effort.

that makes a change!

to coś nowego!

It looks much better now. It really makes a change.

that reminds me

a propos, a tak przy okazji, a właśnie

Oh, and that reminds me, we have to arrange a meeting tomorrow.

that will do

wystarczy

I only have 10 pounds with me but I think that’ll do.

that’s just like him

to do niego pasuje

That’s just like Tom. He always does everything last minute.

that’s life!

takie jest życie!

Well, that’s life! You can’t have everything.

that’s not the issue

nie w tym rzecz/problem

That’s really not the issue. I don’t mind going, but I don’t want to go to that particular bar.

that’s not your headache

niech cię o to głowa nie boli

Don’t worry about that! That’s not your headache. I’ll deal with it.

that’s right

zgadza się

That’s right. I am going to London by train but flying back.

that’s the point

o to właśnie chodzi

That’s exactly the point! You finally understand what I mean!

that’s the spirit!

to jest to! to mi się podoba!

Great! That’s the spirit! I am glad you’re enthusiastic about the task.

the apple of somebody’s eye

czyjeś oczko w głowie

His son has always been the apple of his eye.

the beginning of the end

początek końca

It was the beginning of the end for their marriage when he started drinking.

the calm before the storm

cisza przed burzą

It feels like the calm before the storm. I am sure something is going to happen soon.

the chance of a lifetime

życiowa szansa

It is really the chance of a lifetime. You can’t waste it!

the devil is in the details

diabeł tkwi w szczegółach

You have to reread it carefully. The devil is in the details.

the exact opposite

dokładne przeciwieństwo

Kate and I are the exact opposites of each other, but they say opposites attract.

the facts speak for themselves

fakty mówią za siebie

We don’t need any further explanations. The facts speak for themselves.

the general public

ogół społeczeństwa

The museum is open for the general public from 8 am till 6 pm.

the good old time

stare dobre czasy

I’m meeting my university friends and we’re going to talk about the good old time.

the haves and have-nots

bogaci i biedni

You can read about the haves and have-nots in almost every novel.

the heart of the matter

sedno sprawy

The heart of the matter is that I really don’t want to carry on like that.

the height of stupidity

szczyt głupoty

To climb without any protection is the height of stupidity.

the lesser of two evils

mniejsze zło

The first option sounds like the lesser of two evils, so let’s go for it.

the likes of you

tacy jak ty

The likes of you always misbehave. That’s why I don’t want to rent flats to them.

the next biggest

drugi co do wielkości

Mark my words! She will be the next biggest pop star.

the other day

kilka dni temu

I am sure I saw you in the city centre the other day. It must have been Monday or Tuesday.

the point at issue

omawiana kwestia

The point at issue is that we will all have to get involved in the project.

the reason why

powód, dla którego

The reason why I don’t like Spain is that I had a really bad summer there when I was a child.

the results are as follows

wyniki są następujące

The results are as follows: Brown – 10 points, Witney – 11 points, Simpson – 9 points.

the same to you!

wzajemnie!

– All the best for Christmas.
– And the same to you!

the scene of the crime

miejsce zbrodni

Have a look! It was found at the scene of the crime and might serve as good evidence.

the shape of things to come

to, co nas czeka; to co przyszłość przyniesie

No one knows the shape of things to come.

the sky is the limit

możliwości są nieograniczone

I really feel I can do anything. Only the sky is the limit!

the sooner the better

im wcześniej, tym lepiej

The sooner we finish the project the better. Then we can do something else.

the voice of the people

głos ludu

Dalai Lama is considered to be the voice of the people.

the way things are

w tej sytuacji, w tych okolicznościach

By all means, we cannot continue the way things are.

the worst is behind you

najgorsze masz za sobą

The worst is already behind you, it will just get better from now on.

there are limits!

są jakieś granice!

There are limits as to what we can do till the end of the month. We have other clients as well.

there is a market for something

jest popyt na coś

There is a market for oriental language courses at the moment, so maybe we should introduce some at our school as well.

there is growing recognition that

coraz więcej ludzi zaczyna zdawać sobie sprawę, że

There is a growing recognition that there is a financial crisis and that quality of life will decrease.

there is no accounting for taste

o gustach się nie dyskutuje

There is no accounting for taste, and I really don’t have to like what he chooses.

there is no excuse for such behaviour

nie ma usprawiedliwienia dla takiego zachowania

It is simply unacceptable! There is no excuse for such behaviour. Have you got anything to say in your defence?

there is no question that

nie ma wątpliwości, że

There is no question that we’ll have to recruit additional workers as the workload is increasing.

there is no smoke without fire

nie ma dymu bez ognia

It is a well known fact that there is no smoke without fire.

there is room for improvement

można to jeszcze ulepszyć

There is always room for improvement, so let’s think about what we could add to the project.

there seems to be

zdaje się, że jest

There seems to be little choice here. Let’s go somewhere else.

there was nothing to suggest that

nic nie wskazywało, że

There was nothing to suggest that things would go wrong! That’s why we are all so surprised!

there’s no magic formula for

nie ma cudownej recepty na

There is no magic formula for learning languages. It’s all hard and consistent work.

there’s no place like home

wszędzie dobrze, ale w domu najlepiej

I really enjoyed Barcelona, but there is no place like home.

there’s no point in doing something

nie ma sensu robienie czegoś

There is no point in doing something you don’t enjoy for the rest of your life.

there’s no time to lose

nie ma chwili/czasu do stracenia

There is no time to lose. Our deadline is tomorrow morning.

there’s nothing like

nie ma to jak

When it’s snowing outside, there’s nothing like a good book and a cup of hot chocolate.

there’s nothing to stop me

nic mnie nie powstrzyma

I will do it. There’s nothing to stop me now!

these things happen

takie rzeczy się zdarzają

I really can’t help it! These things happen.

things are getting out of hands

sprawy wymykają się spod kontroli

We have to do something soon. Things are getting out of hand.

things are looking up

coraz lepiej się dzieje

I have good news for you! Things are looking up for us.

things are running smoothly

sprawy idą gładko

Things are running smoothly at the moment, but make sure you keep a watchful eye.

think little of somebody

nie mieć o kimś wysokiego mniemania

I think very little of Sam, he’s really unreliable.

third time lucky

do trzech razy sztuka

I will try again, third time lucky in the end.

this is not a game

to nie są żarty

This is really not a game. It’s time you started taking the job seriously.

this is not laughing matter

to nie są żarty, tu nie ma nic do śmiechu

This is not laughing matter. We must do something about it right away.

three times in a row

trzy razy pod rząd

I have been on holiday in Italy three times in a row. I really need a change.

throw good money after bad

wyrzucać pieniądze w błoto

I hate throwing good money after bad. I’d rather buy something more expensive but of good quality.

tighten one’s belt

zaciskać pasa

My husband lost his job, so we really have to tighten our belts now.

time after time

raz za razem

I told you time after time that I don’t want you to go there on your own! Why did you do it?

time goes by fast

czas szybko mija

I can’t believe how fast time goes by! It’s already December!

time is money

czas to pieniądz

Time is money! We can’t afford to work so slowly.

time is on somebody’s side

czas pracuje na czyjąś korzyść

Time is on our side. There is no point in rushing. Let’s do it slowly but properly.

time will tell

czas pokaże

We don’t know how well she’ll do. Time will tell.

to a certain extent

w pewnym stopniu, do pewnego stopnia

To a certain extent, it’s easier for men to get a decent job than for women.

to good effect

z dobrym skutkiem

We have changed our main partner and to good effect.

to make a long story short

krótko mówiąc

To make a long story short, I am moving to London next year.

to make matters worse

co gorsza

To make matters worse, we must have all of it done by tomorrow.

to my surprise

ku mojemu zaskoczeniu

To my surprise, Peter remembered my birthday this time.

to no avail

na próżno

For about a week I have been asking him to help me but to no avail.

to no effect

bezskutecznie

I have been trying to learn Spanish but to no effect.

to one’s heart’s content

do woli, ile dusza zapragnie

You can use our swimming pool to your heart’s content.

to one’s shame

ze wstydem

He admitted, to his shame, that it was his fault.

to say the least

delikatnie mówiąc

It’s very interesting but a lot of work, to say the least.

to sum up

podsumowując

To sum up, I would like to thank you all for your hard work this year.

to tell the truth

prawdę mówiąc

To tell the truth, I am not too keen on that suggestion.

to the bitter end

do samego końca

I’m going to fight to the bitter end.

to the profit of

z korzyścią dla

We really should make some changes to the programme; it will be to the profit of all of us.

to top it all

na dodatek

I have been working two nights in a row on the project, and, to top it all, I have to carry on tonight!

tomorrow week

od jutra za tydzień

We will start classes again tomorrow week.

top of the range

najlepszy (towar)

This is a top of the range computer, hence the price.

toss a coin

rzucić monetą

Let’s toss a coin. Heads – you do the dishes, tails – you hoover.

tough nut to crack

twardy orzech do zgryzienia

Exercise number 3 is a really tough nut to crack. None of the students got it right.

treat somebody with contempt

traktować kogoś z pogardą

My maths teacher treated everyone with contempt. That’s why we really didn’t enjoy his lessons.

treat somebody with respect

traktować kogoś z szacunkiem

I always treat my parents with respect.

trials and tribulations

perypetie

The book tells a story of the trials and tribulations of a young princess.

true to form

w typowy/właściwy sobie sposób

True to form, she kept her guests waiting for more than 90 minutes.

true to life

realistyczny

The last painting we saw was so true to life that I thought it was a photograph.

true to one’s word

zgodnie z obietnicą

Sam is always true to his word. I assure you, you can trust him.

turn a blind eye to something

przymykać na coś oko

I rarely did my homework, but because I was a good student overall, my teacher turned a blind eye to it.

turn down an offer

odrzucić ofertę

They offered me a job, but I decided to turn it down and look for something else.

turn green with envy

zzielenieć z zazdrości

Sarah turned green with envy when she saw Laura wearing the dress she wanted.

turn one’s back on somebody

odwracać się plecami do kogoś

I always thought I could count on Tim, but he turned his back on me when I least expected it.

turn something to good account

zrobić z czegoś dobry użytek; dobrze coś wykorzystać

She turned her natural talent for languages to good account and became an interpreter.

two years passed

minęły dwa lata

Two years have passed since I last saw Sam.
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