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The English We Speak

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The English We Speak

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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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I'm out

Sometimes you need to say you don't have anything left. Learn 'I'm out'.

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Plan b

If you need an alternative option, you need to know this phrase. Learn how to use it.

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Sound out

Sometimes you just want to find out what someone else thinks.

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One-up

Do you want to beat your friends by saying what you have done that is better than them?

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Fly by night

When companies or people can't be trusted, use this expression.

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Tread on someone's toes

It can be annoying when someone does something you were supposed to do.

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Mental gymnastics

How do we talk about complicated tasks done by your brain?

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Call dibs

If you want to get the last slice of pizza, what can you say?

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Run for the hills

What makes you want to run for the hills?

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