A piece of cake

cakeIt’s the start of a new week. Time to face new challenges, meet new people, and see what’s been happening in the news.

This story on the ABC news website caught my eye yesterday. I’ve never tried wearing high-heeled shoes but I’ve heard that walking in them can be difficult. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to run in a pair of high-heeled shoes.

There is an interesting expression in the title of the article. ‘Well-heeled‘ usually means wealthy or smartly-dressed. In this article though, it simply means wearing heels that are high enough to join the race.

Later in the article, Caroline Gentien is quoted saying that walking on heels is no ‘piece of cake‘. If something is ‘a piece of cake‘, it is very easy, so in this situation she is saying that it can be difficult to walk wearing high-heeled shoes.

Slightly further on, it is mentioned that contestants ‘hail from‘ a number of places. In this case, ‘hail from’ means the same as ‘come from’.

The last expression I would like to look at in this article is ‘dole out‘. This means to give something away to people free. Sometimes we use the expression ‘on the dole‘ to talk about a person who is claiming unemployment benefit, too.

How well do you think you would do in a ‘stiletto race’?

Today’s image is by Artem Zhushman.