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Listen to find out how to use an everyday English expression.
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To brush over

Look at the Session Vocabulary – make sure you know what these words mean:

  • scruffy
  • decorating
  • paint
  • permission

Listen to Rob and Li talking about decorating the studio. As you listen, think about these questions:

1. Has Rob prepared properly to paint the studio?

2. Does Rob think preparing properly is important?

Listen to find out the answers. Then check them on the transcript below.

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Ammayyuu
Yooyyaa, qophii jechoota Afaan Inglizii keessaatti of ibsuuf si fayyadan English Expressions akkasumas haara ta’n akka bartuuf si gargaarutti baga nagana dhufte. Har’a, Afaan Inglizii keessattii of ibsuuf kan si fayyadu ‘to brush over’ ‘irra dibuu’ jedhu ni barana. Maal jechuudha jette yaada? Wal’aaltee? Tole ittifufii caqasi. Haasawa Robifi Lii gidduutti taasifame haacaqasnu. Roob isuudioo dibuunsaa maalii yaada gaarii ta’ee Liitti hinmul’anne laata?
Istuudiyoo diibuusaatiin mormii Liin dhiheessitee Rob akkamitti ilaala mee haa hubbannu.

Rob
Now, Li, would you just mind holding that ladder still, please.

Li
I'm trying… but Rob, what are you doing up a ladder, anyway?

Rob

I'm decorating!

Li
Why?

Rob

Well this studio is really scruffy – you know, not that smart – so I thought I'd tidy it up and paint it, too.

Li

Hmmm. I don't think it's a good idea.

Ammayyuu

Rob istuudiyichi ‘scruffy’ balfamaa jedhee yaada; kanaafuu ‘tidy’ qulqulleessuu fi ‘paint’ dibuu barbaada. Liin, kun yaada gaariidha jettee hinyaadu. Maaliif akka ta’e hubachuuf caqasi.

Li

For a start, you haven't put any sheets down to stop the paint splashing on the carpet… and you need to move the chairs outside… you are wearing smart clothes, not ones for decorating in.

Rob

Well, no, err, that's true. But shall we just brush over that?

Li
Brush over? You can't brush over those things – you'll get paint everywhere!

Rob

No, Li! When you say you will 'brush over' something, it means you will ignore it or not take it that seriously.

Li

Oh, I see. So Rob, you're saying making the preparations for decorating is not important and you're going to ignore it?

Rob

Yes, well… I'm in a rush.

Li

I see.

Ammayyuu

Rob yeroo haallu dibu ofirattii fi afaa lafa jirurratti gadi naqa jette Liin yaaddofteetti. Haa ta’u malee Rob ‘to brush over’ itti fufaarra. ‘Brush over’ jechoota lama irra ijaarame ‘brush’ fi ‘over’. ‘Over’ irraa ‘brush’ immoo dibuu ibsa. Wayita waan tokko 'brush over' gootu waantokkoof xiyyeefanna hinkennine ykn akka dhimma cimaatti hinilaaltu jechuudha. Akkasumas waan tokko irra keessa malee gadi fageenyaan ilaaluu dhabuudha. Waanti kun garuu yeroo mara hiika sirri hintaane qabaachuu danda’a. Rob wayita istuudiyoo dibu waa hedda laaquu waan danda’uuf tarii xiyyeeffannoo gochuu dhabuun isarra hinturre. Jechoota of ibsuuf nu fayyadan akkamitti akka fayyadaman fakkenyawwan muraasa haa caqasnu.

Examples:

My teacher's history lesson was fascinating, but he brushed over World War I and that was the bit I wanted to hear about the most!

We haven't sorted the figures for the meeting, but we'll brush over those seeing as they are not that important and just talk about the future.


Whenever I bring up the things we need to fix in our office, my boss always just brushes over them. He never shows any interest in sorting them out even though they are a big inconvenience.


I really need a new phone, I might buy one this weekend.

But didn’t you say you didn’t have enough money yesterday?
Yes, well… let’s brush over that, shall we?

Li

So, to 'brush over' something means to ignore something or miss it out. Rob, have you actually asked for permission to decorate this studio? It doesn't belong to you.

Rob

Yeah, um, well… err…

Li

Are you brushing over that, too?! Anyway, even if you did get permission, shouldn't you cover up the windows?

Rob

That's true, Li. But before I do any of that, there is something more important to do.

Li

Oh yes?

Rob

Buy some paintbrushes!

Li

Ah yes, you can't brush over that!

Ammayyuu

Rob waanuma dibduu biteef bakka hundaa waan dibuu barbaade fakkaata. 'Brushing over things' yeroo qusachuun si gargaaru danda’a, garuu Rob tarii ofeeggannoo muraasa taasisuun irra ture. Atihoo? Wantota akkamii irra debdee jirta? Wantotarra irra dibuun rakkoowwan sitti fide jiraa?
Jechoota Afaan Ingliziin of ibsuuf si fayyadan English Expressions dabalataaf yeroo itti aanu walitti deebina.

 

How do I use it?

'Brush' is a regular verb, so we add '-ed' to put it in the past. Together with 'over', it forms the phrasal verb 'to brush over' - careful not to separate 'brush' and 'over', as they always go together.
When using 'to brush over', it is important to mention what you are 'brushing over'. This can be a noun (eg. my mistake), a pronoun (eg. it), or a longer clause introduced by 'what', 'that' or 'the fact that'.
Look at these examples:

I was grateful that my boss brushed over my mistake and didn't mention it again. He knew I felt terrible, I think!

Max is very private. He never talks about his personal life - he just brushes over it when you ask him.

Look, we can't just brush over what happened - it was really serious!

She just brushed over the fact that she hadn't got the promotion, but I think she was quite upset.

 

 

To brush over

3 Questions

Choose the correct answer.
Deebii sirrii ta’e fili.

Parabéns! Você completou o exercício.
Excellent! Excelente! Bad luck! Você acertou:
x / y

Over to you!

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Join us for our next episode of English Expressions, when we will learn more useful language and practise your listening skills.
Barnoota English Expressions ittaanu kan dandeettii caqasuukee ittiin shaakaltuufi qooqa barbaachisoo barannutti walitti deebina.

Vocabulário desta lição

  • a ladder
    riqaa

    decorating
    miidhagsuu

    scruffy
    xuraa’aa

    to paint
    dibuu

    paint
    halluu

    permission
    hayyama