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Friday Phrase

Intermediate level

Friday Phrase is our weekly text series where we help you learn a new phrase. You will find out what the phrase means and how to use that phrase in your everyday conversations. Read the text and then try to use the phrase at least once during the same day.

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    Down to earth

    Episode 200306 / 06 Mar 2020

    Learn a useful expression to describe a sensible, practical person

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    A helicopter parent

    Episode 200228 / 28 Feb 2020

    Learn a useful expression to describe an overprotective parent.

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    Personal goals

    Episode 200221 / 21 Feb 2020

    Learn a useful phrase to talk about setting objectives at work.

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    Not put a foot wrong

    Episode 200214 / 14 Feb 2020

    Learn a phrase to describe someone not making mistakes.

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    Take after someone

    Episode 200207 / 07 Feb 2020

    Learn a useful phrasal verb to say that you are similar to an older member of your family.

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    Look up to someone

    Episode 200131 / 23 Jan 2020

    Learn a useful multi-word verb to say that you admire someone

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    Black sheep

    Episode 200124 / 24 Jan 2020

    What to say when a member of our family tends to behave badly

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    Sweat it out

    Episode 200117 / 17 Jan 2020

    Have you been working hard at the gym lately?

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    Take a well-earned break

    Episode 200110 / 10 Jan 2020

    Do you need a rest after a period of hard work?

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    Pat yourself on the back

    Episode 191220 / 20 Dec 2019

    Learn a useful phrase to congratulate people

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    Go bargain hunting

    Episode 191213 / 13 Dec 2019

    Do you spend a lot of time shopping for the cheapest item?

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    Things are looking up

    Episode 191206 / 06 Dec 2019

    Learn an optimistic expression 😊

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    Spring into action

    Episode 191129 / 29 Nov 2019

    Stand by to learn a new phrase!

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    To be loved up

    Episode 191122 / 22 Nov 2019

    An informal phrase about being in love 💕

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    Half-baked

    Episode 191115 / 15 Nov 2019

    Had an idea not properly thought through? This phrase's for you!

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    To spoon-feed

    Episode 191108 / 08 Nov 2019

    Have you ever provided so much help to someone that they didn't even need to think? There's a phrase for that.

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    Do numbers

    Episode 191101 / 01 Nov 2019

    Find out how to use the phrase 'do numbers' in BBC Learning English's Friday Phrase series.

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    Have a frog in your throat

    Episode 191025 / 25 Oct 2019

    Find out how to use the phrase 'have a frog in your throat' in BBC Learning English's Friday Phrase series.

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    One in a million

    Episode 191011 / 09 Oct 2019

    Find out how to use the phrase 'one in a million' in BBC Learning English's Friday Phrase series.