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April 23, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

To ask someone in is to invite someone to come into your home, office, or room etc (especially your home).   Examples of use: 1. He asked her in for a cup of coffee. 2. Don’t leave him standing on the doorstep – ask him in! 3. I asked my new neighbours in for a […]

April 22, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

To stuff up something (or stuff something up) is to do something badly, or to make a mistake, or to spoil something. Australian slang / informal English. See also, mess up Examples of use: 1. I stuffed up and put too many eggs in the cake. 2. I think I stuffed up my English exam. […]

April 21, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

When something or someone smells of a particular thing, they have that smell. Examples of use: 1. Her breath smelt of garlic. 2. She doesn’t like smelling of garlic. 3. His wife was furious when he came home from the party smelling of perfume. 4. We don’t like travelling in her car, it always smells […]

April 20, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

When two or more people hit it off, they like each other and quickly become good friends. Examples of use: 1. The girls met on holiday and hit it off immediately. 2. We didn’t hit it off when we first met, but we became good friends later. 3. My husband and I hit it off […]

April 14, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

♦ Queen’s English (or King’s English) is standard or correct grammatical English spoken or written in the United Kingdom. It may be spoken in any accent. It is used for many forms of written text including newspapers, business letters, essays, text books, fiction books, CVs, and government documents. When the British monarch is a queen, […]

April 13, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

To brick up something (or brick something up) is to fill a space (e.g. a window, doorway or fireplace) with bricks. Also wall up.   Examples of use: 1. The windows were bricked up in 2002. 2. We going to brick up our fireplace and buy an electric heater. 3. The workmen are bricking up […]

April 12, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

To wait in is to stay at home because you are expecting someone or something to arrive, or because you are waiting for someone to telephone you. Mainly UK English. Examples of use: 1. I’m waiting in for my parcel. 2. He waited in all day but the electrician didn’t turn up. 3. I can’t […]