Idioms and Phrasal Verbs to talk about honesty

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Hey guys!

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.

* keep sth from sb – avoid telling sb sth.

She kept this secret from her whole family for many years.

* let on to sb / about sth – talk about sth that is intended to be a secret.

John tried his best not to let on about Jane’s surprise party. I was upset, but did not let on.

* lose face – be regarded by others as stupid or wrong as a result of sth you have said or done, be embarrassed, humiliated.

Terry lost face when his assistant was promoted and became his boss. 

* come to light – become known to people.

Other details have come to light because of this investigation.

* cover up – to hide the truth about sth bad, illegal, embarrassing, etc.

Politicians tried to cover up the scandal.

* give the game away / spill the beans – reveal sth that is intended to be a secret (often by accident).

She gave the game away / spilled the beans when she accidentally told everyone they weren’t together anymore.

* have sth on your conscience – feel guilty because of sth you did or didn’t do.

I hope he has it on his conscience for the rest of his days!

* live with sth – accept sth unpleasant that can’t change.

You have to live with the fact that he met someone else and your relationship is over.

* a pack of lies – a story that is completely untrue.

He often tells me a pack of lies but I don’t believe him anymore.

* I wasn’t born yesterday – I’m not stupid to believe what you say.

Don’t come up with any more lies, I wasn’t born yesterday!

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

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