Everybody knows the importance of learning some phrasal verbs, idioms and colloquial expressions, especially when you live in a foreign country. We always learn a lot of them by communicating with native speakers or watching movies and series. In this post, you learn some phrasal verbs, idioms and expressions to communicate in a more natural way when speaking English in a foreign country.
* leak out – when secret information become known to the public.
Information about a new model of the popular laptop brand has leaked out.
* off the record – when sth is not official or intended to be made public.
The president is suing the newspaper for publishing several of her off-the-record comments.
* a household name – famous, popular.
Because it has made reliable and affordable household appliances for over a decade, the company has become a household name.
* stir sth up – try to cause arguments or problems.
He’s just attempting to stir up his followers and distract from the scandal.
* cast doubt on sb – make people feel less certain about sth.
Such a significant error really cast doubt on all of the experiment’s results.
* blow over – when people stop talking about sth and soon forget about it.
When you think the tension between the two political parties will blow over?
* the sooner the better – as soon as possible.
The media company is trying to solve the problem, the sooner the better.
* not ring true – when you can’t believe in sth, even though you don’t know why.
The accusations towards the prime minister don’t ring true in my opinion.
* sweep sth under the carpet – try to keep sth a secret, especially sth you have done wrong.
The senator has been accused of trying to sweep his former drug use under the carpet.
* come to light – become known.
The actress didn’t want that some details of her personal life came to light.
* go too far – upset sb by doing or saying more than you should.
The paparazzi went too far when he invaded the actor’s private mansion to take pictures.
* speak out (against) – state your opinions in public, especially in order to protest against or defend sb.
The politician started speaking out against his opponent before the debate on live TV.
I hope you learned some new phrasal verbs and idioms today, see you next time!
Source: Idioms and Phrasal Verbs – Advanced / Ruth Gairns and Stuart Redman – Oxford