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Every week, we look at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute programme. From BBC World Service

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Rinse repeat

Beth and Feifei explain how to use this expression to describe repetitive tiresome actions.

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2024-02-27
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A million to one

Here's an expression to say something is extremely unlikely

2024-02-20
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Cash in on something

Learn a phrase about making money.

2024-02-13
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Make your hair stand on end

Here?s a phrase about things that scare you. Learn how to use it in this programme.

2024-02-06
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On the go

A phrase to describe how busy you are

2024-01-30
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A blow

What a blow! It's so disappointing. Learn how to use this with us

2024-01-22
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Rears its head

Want to talk about problems? Here's a useful phrase

2024-01-16
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Elbow grease

Some things just need a little elbow grease. Learn what that is in this programme.

2024-01-08
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Bring something to the party

You want to say that you can offer a lot. Learn a phrase for this.

2024-01-02
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Light up like a Christmas tree

Has something suddenly made you look very happy? Learn an expression for this.

2023-12-26
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I don't buy it

Here's an expression you can use to say 'I don't believe you'

2023-12-19
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Touch grass

Do you spend too much time online? Here's an expression you can use to say 'take a break'.

2023-12-12
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I'm out

Sometimes you need to say you don't have anything left. Learn 'I'm out'.

2023-12-05
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Plan b

If you need an alternative option, you need to know this phrase. Learn how to use it.

2023-11-28
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Sound out

Sometimes you just want to find out what someone else thinks.

2023-11-21
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Fly by night

When companies or people can't be trusted, use this expression.

2023-11-14
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One-up

Do you want to beat your friends by saying what you have done that is better than them?

2023-11-14
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Tread on someone's toes

It can be annoying when someone does something you were supposed to do.

2023-10-31
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Mental gymnastics

How do we talk about complicated tasks done by your brain?

2023-10-24
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Call dibs

If you want to get the last slice of pizza, what can you say?

2023-10-17
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Run for the hills

What makes you want to run for the hills?

2023-10-10
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Each to their own

How do you feel when someone does something that you would never do, but it's OK?

2023-09-26
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Fill your boots

If you are presented with an opportunity, how can you tell some to take advantage?

2023-09-19
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Join the club

How to tell someone that the bad situation they are experiencing is the same as yours.

2023-09-12
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Go with the flow

Learn a phrase to say that you are happy to do what other want to do

2023-09-05
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Cakeism

Learn a phrase about wanting to have two good things at the same time.

2023-08-29
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Drip feed

Learn a phrase about giving information little by little.

2023-08-22
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Scatterbrain

Learn about this word that describes someone disorganised or forgetful.

2023-08-15
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Be in with a shout

Learn a phrase for winning!

2023-08-08
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On point

A phrase all about being perfect!

2023-08-08
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Kiss something goodbye

An expression with 'kiss' that's not about kissing!

2023-07-25
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Productivity theatre

Learn a phrase about pretending to work.

2023-07-18
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Pet hate

Learn how to describe your annoyance

2023-07-11
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On the table

Learn a phrase often used in business.

2023-07-04
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Jump through hoops

Learn a phrase about the challenge of getting something done.

2023-06-27
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It happens to the best of us

When someone makes a mistake, learn what to say to make them feel better.

2023-06-20
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Famous last words

A phrase about telling someone they'll be wrong.

2023-06-13
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Hard pass

Learn a phrase about saying 'no' firmly.

2023-06-06
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Level up

'Level up' your English and learn a new word!

2023-05-30
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Get with the programme

Learn an idiom used to encourage someone to accept new ideas or techniques.

2023-05-23
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Shout-out

Learn how to praise or thank someone publicly.

2023-05-16
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Fitspiration

Get fit with this new word!

2023-05-09
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Hats off

Learn a phrase about impressing people.

2023-05-02
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Under your breath

Make sure you're heard with this expression.

2023-04-25
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Be at a loss

Learn an expression for when you're not sure what to say or do in a certain situation.

2023-04-18
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Go off on one

Learn an informal expression about becoming suddenly very angry.

2023-04-11
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Wiggle room

Learn a phrase for when you need to change a budget to do something else.

2023-04-04
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(It's the) story of my life

Learn a phrase you can use to describe a bad situation.

2023-03-28
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No ifs or buts

Stop making excuses and learn this expression!

2023-03-21
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Caught red-handed

Learn an expression about being caught doing something wrong.

2023-03-14
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