The weather is heating up, but in California there are plenty of places to cool off! In addition to exploring California’s many beautiful beaches, lakes, and rivers, CISL students have the option of enjoying some of the world’s best water parks. Check them out: but first, learn some expressions with “heat!”
Expressions with “Heat”
In the heat of the moment
Definition: Doing something quickly and without thinking, usually because you are overcome with anger or excitement.
Example: In the heat of the moment I said some things I regret.
Example: I forgot my phone was in my pocket, and in the heat of the moment I just jumped into the pool! Oops.
Take the heat (for something)
Definition: To take the blame or criticism for something.
Example: I broke the window, but my brother took the heat for me.
In a dead heat
Definition: Tied while in competition; neither side seems to be the winner.
Example: Right now both Olympic teams are in a dead heat for the gold medal.
Example: The horses were in a dead heat until the very last seconds of the race!
Turn up the heat
Definition: Increase the pressure to do something or complete something.
Example: Production is low, so we have to turn up the heat and get the workers to perform better.
Example: She really turned up the heat in our exercise class today! I’m exhausted!
Beat the heat
Definition: To escape the heat and cool off.
Example: We would beat the heat in the summer by going to the local pool.
Example: I beat the heat in the summer by sipping on cold drinks.
You just learned some new expressions with the word “heat,” but can you use them properly? Check out the following sentences and decide which ones have mistakes with the expressions and which ones don’t. The answers are at the bottom of this post.
- It was in the heat of the moment that I decided to buy a ticket and fly to Italy.
- This summer we have beated the heat by staying at the pool every afternoon.
- It looks like the two teams are in dead heat.
- I need you to turn up the heat on Tim so that he sells more this month.
- Who is going to take the heat by this failed project?
Water Parks in California
How do you beat the heat in the summer? We suggest checking out some of these spectacular water parks in California!
Waterworld (Concord, Bay Area)
Bay Area’s most popular water park just might be Waterworld: it has more water slides than any other park in Northern California! It has some of the scariest water slides, which makes this park a dream for the adventure-seeker!
1950 Waterworld Pkwy
Concord, CA 94520
Waterfront Park (Little Italy, San Diego)
One of the newest additions to the Embarcadero on San Diego Bay is the beautiful Waterfront Park. Have a picnic on the grass while looking at the boats and cruise ships on the Bay, or jump into some of the water fountains and cool off!
1600 Pacific Hwy
San Diego, CA 92101
Belmont Park’s Wave House (Mission Beach, San Diego)
We’ve often written about Mission Beach’s Belmont Park and Wave House: it’s a favorite for CISL students! Sip on some cool drinks, take a dip in the ocean, attend one of the concerts or events, or try to surf on the artificial wave maker. There’s always something fun to do at the Wave House!
3125 Ocean Front Walk
San Diego, CA 92109
Sea World’s Aquatica (Chula Vista, San Diego)
Sea World is known for its marine life and animal shows, but there’s something new to check out: its awesome water park! Formerly called Knott’s Soak City, the new Aquatica is entirely renovated and is now a summer “must” for San Diegans. Swim in the pools, take a ride down the lazy river . . . or get crazy and try one of the intense water slides!
2052 Entertainment Cir.
Chula Vista, CA 91911
How did you do on our little quiz? See if you found all of the grammatical errors for our expressions with “heat.”
- It was in the heat of the moment that I decided to buy a ticket and fly to Italy. Correct! (Note: you could also remove “that” from the sentence: click here to learn about Relative Clauses.)
- This summer we have beated the heat by staying at the pool every afternoon. Incorrect: “beated” is an incorrect past participle of “beat.” The tense, the Present Perfect, is correct: click here to learn more about the Present Perfect.
- It looks like the two teams are in (a) dead heat. Incorrect. You are in A dead heat because “heat” is a noun.
- I need you to turn up the heat on Tim so that he sells more this month. Correct! In this case, Tim works in sales and needs to improve his earnings.
- Who is going to take the heat by (for/on/with/regarding) this failed project? Incorrect: we must use one of the words given (for, on, with, regarding) and we cannot use “by.”