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To give someone a lift

A camel is placed on a vehicle at a market near Riyadh.

A camel is placed on a vehicle at a market near Riyadh. Photo: Fahad Shadeed/Reuters

Today's Phrase

One meaning of the phrase 'to give someone a lift' is to boost their spirits.

For example:

My colleagues came to see me when I was in hospital - it really gave me a lift.

Let's take some flowers when we go to visit Grandma, to give her a lift.

I think Dad needs to be cheered up. Perhaps going out for lunch will give him a lift?

Don't confuse it with

You can also use the phrase 'to lift someone's spirits'.

Going out to the concert really helped to lift my spirits.

Interesting fact

Muslims around the world are preparing to celebrate Eid al-Adha, or the feast of sacrifice. The feast marks the end of Hajj, one of the largest pilgrimages in the world, and animals such as sheep, goats and camels are sacrificed as part of the celebrations.

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