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1. To hype up something (or hype something up) is to intensively advertise or promote something, often to make it 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 author’s new book – I hope the readers aren’t … [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…]

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 on February 6th, followed by a 62-gun salute at the Tower of … [Read more…]

To egg on somebody (or egg somebody on) is to strongly encourage someone to do something, often something that is silly, wrong or dangerous.   Examples of use: 1. Egged on by her friends, she jumped in the river. 2. Don’t egg him on! He’s in enough trouble already. 3. He didn’t want to throw stones at the cars, but the other children were … [Read more…]

To bucket down is to rain very heavily. British/UK informal English. Examples of use: 1. It’s bucketing down – don’t forget your umbrella. 2. Just look at those black clouds – it’s going to bucket down in a minute. 3. It bucketed down on my way home from work. 4. It’s absolutely bucketing down out there!   infinitive bucket … [Read more…]