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February 22, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

1. To camp out is to sleep outside, usually in a tent or other form of shelter. camp out means the same as camp Examples of use: a) We camped out in the mountains. b) The night before the shop’s big sale, hundreds of shoppers camped out on the pavement c) My children love camping […]

February 21, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

A guinea pig is somebody or something that is used to test new ideas or products. Guinea pigs are small stout-bodied rodents. In the UK they are often kept as much-loved pets. Unfortunately, they are also often used in research labs for research and biological experiments, and this is the origin of this idiomatic expression. […]

February 21, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Christian festival of Lent. Lent is traditionally a time for fasting, and Pancake Day is a good way to use up foods that were given up for Lent e.g. eggs and butter. Today people are more likely to give […]

February 17, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

To horse about, or horse around, is to behave in a silly, rough or careless way.   Informal English.   horseplay (noun) – rough or boisterous play to horse about or horse around is to engage in horseplay Examples of use: 1. They were horsing around together in the snow; laughing and pushing each other […]

February 12, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

1. To hype up something (or hype something up) is to intensively advertise or promote something, often to make something seem more important or impressive than it really is. Informal English. Examples of use: a) The new movie was hyped up in all the newspapers and magazines. b) The publisher is really hyping up the […]

February 7, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

To idle away something (or idle something away) is to spend time relaxing and doing very little. Examples of use: 1. He idled away the day reading, sleeping, and watching television. 2. We idled most of our holiday away on the beach. 3. While I was waiting for the bus, I idled the time away […]

February 6, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

February 6th is the Diamond Jubilee anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. Sixty years ago, on the 6th February 1952, King George VI died and his daughter Elizabeth became Queen at the age of 25. To celebrate the anniversary, a 41-gun salute will be held in Hyde Park in London today, followed […]