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The life and soul of the party

Performers dance in the streets of London at the Notting Hill Carnival.

Performers dance in the streets of London at the Notting Hill Carnival. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Today's Phrase

We say someone is 'the life and soul of the party' if they are sociable and at the centre of activity during a social occasion.

For example:

Johnny was talking to everyone and telling funny jokes. He was the life and soul of the party.

I love going out with George because he's always the life and soul of the party. A night out with him is never boring!

Chloe is extremely sociable and chatty. She was the life and soul of the party last night.

Don't confuse it with

The phrase 'heart and soul' means putting a lot of energy and enthusiasm into something.

For example:

Sophia was an extremely dedicated employee and put her heart and soul into this project.

I really put my heart and soul into this painting, so I hope you like it.

Interesting fact

The Notting Hill Carnival is Europe's biggest street festival and takes place every summer. The streets of West London come alive with parades of colourful costumes and thousands of spectators. The Caribbean-inspired carnival started in 1964 and is now in its 48th year.

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