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The English We Speak

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The English We Speak

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Beige flag

An expression that describes a habit you find strange, but doesn't make you not like someone....

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Lay it on thick

An expression about exaggerating or praising someone too much. (Image: Getty) TRANSCRIPT Find a...

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Telling porkies

Here's a light-hearted expression about not telling the truth. (Image: Getty) TRANSCRIPT Find a...

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In on it

We have an phrase which means to know about something or to be involved in it.

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Walk someone through

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Brick by brick

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Read the room

Here’s a phrase that means to work out how people feel. Learn how to use it!

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Cook up an idea

Here’s a phrase that means to come up with an idea carefully. Learn how to use it here For more...

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Rinse repeat

Beth and Feifei explain how to use this expression to describe repetitive tiresome actions....

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A million to one

Here's an expression to say something is extremely unlikely

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Cash in on something

Learn a phrase about making money.

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Make your hair stand on end

Here’s a phrase about things that scare you. Learn how to use it in this programme.

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On the go

A phrase to describe how busy you are

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A blow

What a blow! It's so disappointing. Learn how to use this with us

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Rears its head

Want to talk about problems? Here's a useful phrase

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Elbow grease

Some things just need a little elbow grease. Learn what that is in this programme.

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Bring something to the party

You want to say that you can offer a lot. Learn a phrase for this.

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Light up like a Christmas tree

Has something suddenly made you look very happy? Learn an expression for this.

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I don't buy it

Here's an expression you can use to say 'I don't believe you'

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Touch grass

Do you spend too much time online? Here's an expression you can use to say 'take a break'.

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