The English We Speak
Not see hide nor hair
Episode 220411 / 11 Apr 2022
Sometimes it’s impossible to find someone – it’s like they’ve disappeared. There’s a phrase to use in this situation. Jiaying’s about to tell Rob what it is and how to find it – but first they need to find Roy!
Hello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Jiaying…
And me, Rob. Jiaying, why is it everyone in our office keeps disappearing?
What do you mean?
Well, every time I want to talk to someone, I can’t find them! Like Roy, for example. I need to talk to him about something, but he’s nowhere to be seen. Have you seen him?
No - I’ve not seen hide nor hair of him.
You mean he’s hiding from me?
No, Rob. If we say ‘we’ve not seen hide nor hair of someone’, it simply means we’ve not seen them anywhere for some time. Do you need to see him urgently?
Yes, I wanted him to read out some examples – but Neil will do…
I haven’t seen hide nor hair of Suki all week – maybe she’s on holiday?
We haven’t seen hide nor hair of the builders since we paid them.
We didn’t see hide nor hair of the manager the whole time we were in the office.
This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English, and we’re learning about the expression ‘to not see hide nor hair of someone’, which means to have not seen someone around for some time – like they have disappeared. Rob, I hope Roy really hasn’t disappeared – should we look for him?
No, it’s ok, he’ll turn up.
He has, Rob! He’s over there and he’s had a haircut.
Oh, he’s had it all cut off – now we really won’t see hide nor any hair of him if he disappears again!
No. Anyway, Rob, I meant to ask you if you could have that (note of) ten pounds back, I lent you?
… oh, maybe I won’t see hide nor hair of him for some time! Bye.
Latest The English We Speak
Episode 220808 / 08 Aug 2022
A phrase to give encouragement
Episode 220801 / 01 Aug 2022
Is this phrase easy to learn?
Episode 220725 / 25 Jul 2022
A phrase about doing something immediately
Episode 220718 / 18 Jul 2022
Here's a way to respond to good news
Episode 220711 / 30 May 2022
Learn a phrase about extra effort
Episode 220704 / 04 Jul 2022
A phrase about determination
Episode 220627 / 27 Jun 2022
Is this a phrase to get excited by?
Episode 220620 / 20 Jun 2022
A phrase about forgetting something
Episode 220613 / 13 Jun 2022
New job, new word!
Episode 220606 / 06 Jun 2022
A Shakespearean phrase for when there's more to something than you think
Episode 220530 / 30 May 2022
Are you ready to feel like a king or a queen?
Episode 220523 / 12 May 2022
Learn an agreeable phrase
Episode 220516 / 16 May 2022
Learn a phrase about being unoriginal
Episode 220509 / 09 May 2022
Learn an unlikely phrase
Episode 220502 / 02 May 2022
Learn an imprecise phrase
Episode 220425 / 25 Apr 2022
Is this an unattractive phrase?!
Episode 220418 / 25 Mar 2022
Is a promise a promise?
Episode 220411 / 11 Apr 2022
Have you seen this phrase?
Episode 220404 / 04 Apr 2022
Learn a phrase that is good and bad at the same time.
Episode 220328 / 28 Mar 2022
When will be ‘that day’?
Episode 220321 / 21 Mar 2022
What’s gathering dust in your house?
Episode 220314 / 24 Feb 2022
This phrase shouldn’t be complicated!
Episode 220307 / 07 Mar 2022
A mysterious phrase!
Episode 220228 / 28 Feb 2022
Don’t let this phrase confuse you
Episode 220221 / 21 Feb 2022
Don’t ignore this phrase
Episode 220214 / 14 Feb 2022
Who’s cramping your style?
Episode 220131 / 31 Jan 2022
Do you know someone who is hip and trendy?
Episode 220124 / 24 Jan 2022
Learn a simple phrase
Episode 220117 / 17 Jan 2022
A phrase about disappointment
Episode 220110 / 10 Jan 2022
Don’t waste this phrase!
Episode 220103 / 03 Jan 2022
Do you get me?