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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…]

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…]

A night owl is someone who likes to stay awake until late at night, or who works at night.   Examples of use: 1. He’s always been a night owl: when he was a child he often read until past midnight. 2. There were a few night owls sitting in the café, but most people had gone home. 3. I’m a night owl: I do my best work at night.   Are you … [Read more…]

A day’s grace is time left or extra time allowed before something happens, or before something must be done. Grace days or grace period refers to a longer period of time such as a month, a few weeks or a year. Examples of use: 1. His bank manager has given him a day’s grace to clear his overdraft before she closes his account. 2. You have a few weeks’ grace … [Read more…]

The proverb every cloud has a silver lining means there is something good in every unpleasant or difficult situation: there is always a reason to hope, even in the worst situations. People often use this expression to try and cheer up someone who is having a difficult time. Examples of use: 1. I lost my job last week, but every cloud has a silver lining and now I have time … [Read more…]