February 13, 2013 by Angela 8 Comments

Phrasal verbs ask out – to ask somebody out (or ask out somebody) is to ask them to go on a date with you, as a way of starting a romantic relationship with them. Example: He is too scared to ask her out.   blurt out – to blurt out something (or blurt something out) is to say something suddenly and impulsively, especially because you are nervous or … [Read more…]

February 11, 2013 by Angela Leave a Comment

Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Christian festival of Lent. In 2013 Pancake Day is 12th February. 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 up luxuries such as chocolate. Pancakes are … [Read more…]

March 13, 2012 by Angela 26 Comments

Here in the UK we have a reputation for being obsessed with the weather – and it’s true, we do love to talk about the weather 🙂 One of the reasons for this is that our weather is unpredictable and it changes frequently. So perhaps it’s not surprising that we have so many idioms and idiomatic expressions relating to the weather! Here are some examples of … [Read more…]

February 21, 2012 by Angela Leave a Comment

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. Examples of use: 1. I wanted to test a new … [Read more…]

February 17, 2012 by Angela Leave a Comment

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 and being stupid. 2. Stop horsing … [Read more…]