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Yeah, 6 new idioms for today and guys if you don’t remember what Idioms are, they’re basically expressions in the usage of a language and that’s one of the reasons why we shouldn’t translate them to Portuguese literally speaking… It won’t make any sense.
I have already brought some idioms before and now I picked 6 options that I hear a lot in my daily routine and I imagine they might be curious or even new to some of you.
- HANG UP. Hang up is the same as to disconnect a phone call. It is often used when someone does not want to continue a conversation something that prohibits someone from making progress in a situation. It is also to give up on someone or something or to stop doing something. Yeah, so many different meanings for a single idiom, right? Let’s see some examples:
- If you do not stop complaining then I will hang up on you.
- Don’t you dare hang up until I have had a chance to ask my question!
- We had to hang up on them as they were just not able to do the job that we needed.
- After ten years as a professional ballerina she will finally hang up her dancing shoes.
- IN A ROW. You say something is in a row when it happens a couple of consecutive times without break or when something that occurs in a sequence, for instance:
- He has been sick for three days in a row.
- I can’t believe that my husband has made me go the same place for our anniversary three years in a row.
- My sister has won eight tennis matches in a row. She is thinking of playing professionally.
- NEVER MIND. I loooove saying this idiom. I don’t know it just sounds so great haha. Alright, you can use NEVER MIND when you get tired trying to explain something to someone that you believe is not smart enough to understand. You also use NEVER MIND when you want to ensure someone that something you were saying was not important. Oh, and it’s also common when you urge somebody not to worry about something. Let’s check some examples:
- Never mind, I will do it myself.
- I wanted to ask you to bring home some supper, but never mind, I will quickly cook something.
- “I am sorry that I broke your vase.” “Never mind, I can easily buy another one from the shop on the corner.”
- NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. Guys this one is kind of rude ok? It is used to tell someone not to get involved in whatever you have going on or when you refer to a private information that you do not want to share with someone else.
- My mother in law was not pleased when we politely told her that the honeymoon plan was none of her business.
- When Paul tried to inquire about the reason for my divorce, I had to let him know that it is none of his business.
- I know when to stay away from things that are none of my business.
- PASS AWAY. This one is very simple and easy. To pass away guys is the same as TO DIE, to stop existing or to go extinct. It’s very common when you’re talking about someone you know, someone close ok? It’s used to refer to someone dying in order to avoid upsetting someone with the news of the death
- Jamie let us know that our grandfather passed away two nights ago.
- I didn’t take the news of my mom passing away too well.
- We didn’t know how to tell Amanda that her sister had passed away.
- And the last one: HANG ON TO. We use HANG ON TO when we wanna tell someone to wait for a little time or to keep a hold of. It’s also common for situation when you wanna hold on to someone or something tightly and not let go.
- The child hung on to her mother and would not let go of her hands.
- I like hanging on to my wallet anytime that I am in a crowded place.
- With the speed of the roller coaster picking up, I tried as hard as I could to hang on to my shoes.
But when we say HANG ON A SECOND we mean, WAIT A LITTLE BIT ok? There’s no TO here!!
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