When we rub someone up the wrong way, we annoy, anger or irritate them. When people rub us up the wrong way, they usually do not know they are doing something wrong.
"My young brother rubs me up the wrong way. He is so annoying."
"The way he talks really rubs me up the wrong way."
Have you ever felt that someone is telling you something that is not true? Perhaps they are trying to lie to you. In that case, you smell a rat!
When we feel that something someone or something is not honest, we smell a rat.
"I smell a rat. If John was off from work all week because he was sick, why has he got a suntan?"
What type of person do you go for (what kind of person are you attracted to)? If you hit it off with someone then you immediately like and become friendly with them. When you talk in a way that shows them that you are attracted to them and you try to make them attracted to you, you chat up that person. You pair off with someone when you start a relationship with them.
"Jemima is a tough cookie, she doesn't give up easily." When we describe someone as a tough cookie, we are saying they are a strong person.
Here are eight idioms which include a type of food.
When people get their wires crossed, they have a different understanding of the same situation. They get confused, mixed up or make a mistake.
An electrician is a person whose job is to put in, check or repair electrical wires and equipment.
When we made a difficult decision from where there is no way back, we say we cross the Rubicon. Basically crossing the Rubicon means the point of no return.
Time is like money, we never seem to have enough of it! Do you think you manage your time wisely? Are you good at getting things done on time? Today we look at 14 phrasal verbs that are related to how we use time.
Here are some phrasal verbs that we can use when talking about relationships we have with other people. Some of them are positive, some are negative.
Megan has been looking for a new job. She is trying to pursue a different career in the financial industry and has been to several interviews with some of the biggest financial firms in Cape Town. However, she is still having a difficult time landing her dream job. Remember if you are really interested in this subject, we have very good Business English courses available at our English schools.
Last month we had an English lesson on dating phrasal verbs. Today we continue the theme by looking at more English expressions used to talk about relationships.
Look at the context of each sentence and choose the correct definition. Good luck!