The English We Speak
Episode 160726 / 26 Jul 2016
Rob's making some bold claims that Feifei can't taking seriously. Has he really got some good news or is he just telling outrageous lies? Luckily Feifei has a phrase that can describe his actions. Learn all about it in this programme.
Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I'm Feifei and joining me today is Rob.
Hi everyone. Ah Feifei, what a lovely day it is today.
What? It's raining. You seem to be in a good mood.
Yes. I've done all my work and the boss has given me the rest of the day off… so I'm off. Bye.
Hold on Rob! Could you at least stay and present this programme?
Oh OK then. I suppose there's no rush to go shopping and spend the bonus he's given me is there?
Oh come on Rob. This doesn't sound like our boss. You're telling me a barefaced lie.
Barefaced? No no, this really is my hairy face – look!
No – the word 'barefaced' can literally mean 'having no beard' but we also use the word to mean 'without any disguise' or 'being deliberately bold and shameless'. So Rob is a 'barefaced liar' because he's obviously telling a lie without any embarrasment. Sorry Rob, I think you're lying but let's hear some more examples of this phrase…
The company's claim that profits had jumped by ten per cent was obviously a barefaced lie.
John was at the pub last night bragging about his goal-scoring again – but we all know he's a barefaced liar.
Someone being barefaced means doing something without shame, and Rob – you are being a deliberate and outrageous liar aren't you?
Oh well, yes, I suppose so - I was doing it to show you how great I am.
Well it didn't work – and I'm going to show you my 'bear' face now.
[BEAR ROAR FX]
Wow that's a real 'bear' face but at least you haven't got a beard – although if you did have one, maybe you'd look less… fat?
Huh! Barefaced cheek!
Time to go I think. Bye.
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