Spring-clean – English Idiom – Online English Lessons

To spring-clean a place is to thoroughly clean it, especially in spring. The four seasons are: spring, summer, autumn and winter. In the northern hemisphere, spring is the months of March, April and May. In many countries (especially those with a cold climate in winter) people spring-clean their homes at the end of the winter.… Continue reading Spring-clean – English Idiom – Online English Lessons

Pull the rabbit out of the hat – English Idiom – Online English Lessons

To pull the rabbit out of the hat means to do something surpising and unexpected. A favourite trick of magicians is to produce a rabbit out of a top hat.   Examples of use: a) Tennis player Andy Murray might pull the rabbit out of the hat this summer and win Wimbledon. b) She pulled… Continue reading Pull the rabbit out of the hat – English Idiom – Online English Lessons

Report back – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

To report back is to tell someone (usually someone in authority) some information that you have discovered. Examples of use: a) Report back to me when you have finished your research. b) Can you attend the meeting and report back to me afterwards, please? c) We will report back with our findings next week. d)… Continue reading Report back – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

Breeze in/into – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

To breeze in / into somewhere is to enter quickly and confidently. This expression is often used to describe people who breeze into somewhere without caring what other people think. Examples of use: 1. She breezed into the room and took over the meeting. 2. Hey! We were watching that: you can’t just breeze in… Continue reading Breeze in/into – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

Phrasal Verb: drop out

If you drop out of school or college you stop going to your classes before your course has finished. Examples of use: 1. This course isn’t right for me. I think I’ll drop out. 2. Kate has dropped out of her biology course and she’s studying psychology instead. To drop out also means to live… Continue reading Phrasal Verb: drop out