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Valentine’s Day: 25 phrasal verbs, idioms and sayings

Phrasal verbs ask out – to ask somebody out (or ask out somebody) is to ask them to go on a date with you, as a way of starting a romantic relationship with them. Example: He is too scared to ask

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Pancake Day

Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Christian festival of Lent. In 2013 Pancake Day is 12th February. Lent is traditionally a time for fasting, and

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33 weather idioms and idiomatic expressions

Here in the UK we have a reputation for being obsessed with the weather – and it’s true, we do love to talk about the weather 🙂 One of the reasons for this is that our weather is unpredictable

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Idiom: guinea pig

A guinea pig is somebody or something that is used to test new ideas or products. Guinea pigs are small stout-bodied rodents. In the UK they are often kept as much-loved pets. Unfortunately, they are

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Phrasal verb: horse about / around

To horse about, or horse around, is to behave in a silly, rough or careless way.   Informal English.   horseplay (noun) – rough or boisterous play to horse about or horse around is to engage

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Phrasal verb: hype up

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

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