Hotel: key, elevator, room, suitcase, baggage


Idiom Explanation Example
low-key (adjective) not intended to attract a lot of attention Judy’s birthday party was a rather low-key event. It finished before midnight and there were only a handful of people there.
latchkey kid (noun) a child who is often home alone, especially after school My parents worked a lot when I was young. I was a latchkey kid.
under lock and key locked up securely My grandmother keeps her jewellery under lock and key.
a golden key can open any door you can get or do anything when you have money —I don’t know how Joan got into Oxford. She was never a very good student.
Well, her family has money. A golden key can open any door.


idom Explanation Example
elevator pitch (noun) short, interesting, and succinct presentation about yourself, your job, or your company, usually no longer that 60 seconds. John’s elevator pitch was so interesting that he made five new business deals in one afternoon.
sb’s elevator doesn’t stop at all floors somebody is not very bright He’s a nice guy but his elevator doesn’t stop at all the floors, if you know what I mean …

Other Idioms

Idiom Explanations Examples
avoid the elephant in the room ignore a problem Is anybody going to mention the elephant in the room? Mark has a black eye!
live out of a suitcase travel a lot, or live somewhere temporarily and only have limited belongings I can’t wait to get home. I’ve been living out of a suitcase for months.
bag and baggage with all of your possessions Laura got a letter from the landlord. They had to move out of the house bag and baggage by the end of the week.
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Exercises C1

Complete the sentences with the words below.

elevator – latchkey – low-key

  1. If you want to be a good businessman or woman, you should practise your  pitch.
  2. A  kid is a child who spends a lot of time alone, because their parents are always working.
  3. Natalie wants to have a small  wedding.

Choose the correct idiom.

  1. Teresa forgot to lock the door and turn the lights off, even though her mum had left a note about it.
  2. When Mike lost his job, nobody talked about it. It was as if it had never happened.
  3. Claudia and Nicholas didn’t have a house. The had been staying with friends for months and …
  4. Anita wanted to go to an exclusive party in London but she hadn’t been invited. She wondered if she could pay someone to put her on the guest list.
  5. When I heard about the burglary in my area, I couldn’t sleep until the burglars were …
  6. One day I woke up and my next door neighbours were gone. They had taken everything with them.

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