This month's joke is based on the double meaning of the idiom put one's foot down:
1 - To put your foot down - To act firmly / To tell someone strongly that they must do something or that they must stop doing something:
"You can't just let him do what he wants, you'll have to put your foot down."
This month's joke is based on the double meaning of the phrasal verb break off:
1 - Break off: To separate or become separated, as by twisting or tearing:
"Do you want some of my chocolate? I'll break off a piece for you."
We use scissors to cut paper. Cut can be used as a verb. Did you know that cut is used in a common English idiom? Read on...
This month let's take a look at the word ahead. In the cartoon go on a head means put on, but this what we can mean by ahead:
Let's take a look at the word hit. In the cartoon we can see two different meanings:
Hit - (verb) to strike something.
"I hit the spider with my shoe."
Hit (on) something - (phrasal verb) to realise something or to think of an idea unexpectedly.
You've probably heard make up used as a noun for cosmetics, but did you know that it's also used as a phrasal verb?
Make up - (noun) a cosmetic worn on the face to change your appearance.
Make up - (phrasal verb) to forgive / apologise with someone and to be friends again after a fight or argument.
As you know, we look up at something that is above us. For example you can look up at a tall building or look up at a bird in the sky. But did you know that it can also be used in the following way:
Look Up- get better; improve.
'The weather was terrible earlier, now it's starting to look up.'
'After a terrible start, sales for the month are finally looking up.'
You probably know the verb to act used for actors acting in a film or in the theatre. When used as a phrasal verb with the preposition up it has a different meaning:
Act up- Misbehave; behave badly or strangely.
'My computer has been acting up recently. I need to get it repaired. It's probably got a virus.'
Today we are taking a look at an English joke. This joke is an example of a play on words - meaning that a phrase or word can can be used for more than one meaning to make a joke.
Hole in one- is used in golf when a golfer gets the ball into the hole with just one shot.
Hole in one - in this case the 'hole' means a hole in one pair of trousers.
Here we take a look at the phrasal verb hold up. Like most phrasal verbs it has more than one meaning. Here's how we can use hold up:
to hold up- to hold something / someone up in the air.
'When we landed in the airport our driver was waiting for us; he was holding up a sign with our names on it.'
to hold up - to stop / delay someone for a moment.