McMillian says, “And your desk is always uncluttered.”
It’s tidy; organized without lots of things strewn about. A building could have an uncluttered design, meaning simple, without lots of excess decoration.
We also talk about an uncluttered mind, one that focuses on the important things, the tasks at hand. That kind of person doesn’t get bogged down with trivial things.
7. Out of Town:
Ueda says, “If I have to make an important pitch out of town, I make it a point to arrive the day before.”
In another town. If I said, ‘I am going out of town tomorrow’, that would mean I am leaving Tokyo to go somewhere. Likewise, if you say, ‘An out of town visitor’, that means someone who is coming to your town from somewhere else.
And we say, in town. Like, ‘She’ll be back in town next week.’ Or, ‘I’ll be in town until Thursday.’
8. Not Take Chances With:
Ueda says, “I don’t take chances with public transportation.”
He doesn’t engage in a risky action. He doesn’t put something at risk.
It is very common to say, ‘Not take chances with one’s health.’ Let’s say my chest hurts but I don’t want to go to the doctor. A friend tells me, “Heather, you shouldn’t take chances with your health!’ I shouldn’t put my health at risk by not getting a proper checkup.
9. Much To Someone’s Dismay:
Lyons says, “I bet you used to turn in your homework early, much to your classmates dismay.”
You caused your classmates to feel great disappointment or shock. Or you could say, ‘They cancelled that project much to Mary’s dismay, it was her idea in the first place.’
And we often use other words in here too. Much to someone’s annoyance, much to someone’s embarrassment.