Leisure | Online English Lessons

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 out in the garden. d) There are twenty journalists camped out in her … [Read more…]

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 texting my friends. 4. On Sunday afternoons we like to idle … [Read more…]

A couch potato is someone who is lazy or not very physically active, especially someone who spends a lot of time watching television and eating junk food. This is a relatively new idiom that originated in America in the 1970s, and is now frequently used in the UK. Examples of use: 1. News headline: ‘Couch potato’ children risking health. 2. My husband is … [Read more…]

To invite over somebody (or invite somebody over) is to ask them if they would like to visit you at your home. To invite around / round somebody or invite somebody around / round has the same meaning.   Examples of use: 1. James invited us over for tea and cakes. 2. Why don’t you invite your boss over for a meal on Friday? 3. I have been invited around to … [Read more…]

To hang out something (or hang something out) is to suspend it outside for drying or airing. Informal. Examples of use: 1. It’s a lovely sunny day. I think I will hang the rugs out to air. 2. Can you hang out the washing, please? To hang out of a window, or other opening, is to lean out of it with part of your body inside and part of it outside. Example of … [Read more…]