English Expressions: ballpark figure

English Expressions: ballpark figure

English Expressions: ballpark figure. So many expressions in English come from sports, and this one comes from one of my favorites – baseball. As you can see, a ballpark in baseball (and in most sports) is vast (very big). So, if I ask someone for a ballpark figure, I am asking for an estimation, not something small, precise and exact.

BALLPARK FIGURE

  • An imprecise estimate of what something might cost or any other number.
  • An inexact number
    • Can you tell me how m any people are coming – just a ballpark figure.
    • There are about 250 people coming, but that’s just a ballpark figure. If you want something more exact, I can tell you tomorrow.

A BALLPARK ESTIMATE

  • This expression has the same meaning as ballpark figure.
  • An inexact number.
    • Can you give me a pallpark estimate of how much this new bathroom is going to cost us?
    • At least 5,000€, but that’s a ballpark estimate. It all depends on how much we are changing and so forth.

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Expression Session: be on equal footing
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English Expressions: be on equal footing

English Expressions: be on equal footing

English Expressions: be on equal footing. In a perfect world, we would all be on an equal footing. This means that we would all have the same opportunities and no one would have an advantage. Sounds pretty good, right?

BE ON EQUAL FOOTING

  • to be in a situation where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed.
  • when people do not have advantages over others.
    • All schools, public or private, should be on an equal footing.
    • We celebrate International Women’s Day in order for women to be on an equal footing as men in all areas of life.
    • It’s not fair to play against someone so much younger than you. You are not on an equal footing.

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English Expression: fuel to the fire

English Expressions: fuel to the fire

English Expression: fuel to the fire. Do you know someone who only likes to make a bad situation worse? We all know someone like this. This expression is for them!

ADD FUEL TO THE FIRE

  • To make a bad situation worse.
    • My daughter was already angry and then her sister came and added fuel to the fire by making fun of her.
    • She showed up late to the interview and, to add fuel to the fire, she wasn’t dressed appropriately.

PUT/THROW FUEL ON/TO THE FIRE

  • Put or throw can also be used in the expression and it has the same meaning.
    • My boss told me I couldn’t have a raise and, to put fuel on/to the fire, he said I have to work late tonight.
    • Don’t throw fuel on the fire! She is already upset about what you said, so just leave her alone.

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Expressions in any language are an important part of that country’s culture and the way they express themselves. Not only that, expressions form a large part of English Language tests. At Bloglish we offer a range of B1, B2, C1 and C2 expressions to prepare you for the both.

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Expression Session: let your hair down
Expression Session: back to back

English expressions: let your hair down

English expressions: let your hair down

English expressions: let your hair down

English expressions: let your hair down. We often associate someone with their hair tied back to be uptight (tenso/nerviosa) and someone who LET’S THEIR HAIR DOWN to be fun and flexible. Which one are you?

LET YOUR HAIR DOWN

  • to allow yourself to behave freely and have fun
    • The thing I enjoy most about Carnival is that you can really just let your hair down for the weekend and have fun.
    • She’s really looking forward to letting her hair down at the wedding.
  • often used when you want to tell someone to stop being so serious.
    • Carol, let your hair down and enjoy the evening.
    • Can we please just let our hair down today?
  • To criticize someone who is too serious.
    • He can never just let his hair down for one night.
    • Why can’t the bosses let their hair down for the Christmas party?

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Expression Session: back to back
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English expressions: back to back

English expressions: back to back

English expressions: back to back. Learning expressions in English is just as important as learning basic vocabulary. Maybe you won’t be using the expressions, but your native counterparts will! So, it’s important to know what they are referring to. This is a perfect example. This is how we say ‘seguido‘ in English.

BACK TO BACK

  • When things occur one after the other without any breaks or interruptions.
    • I have two exams on Monday back to back.
    • Baskonia has had back to back victories in the Euro League
    • I can’t meet you until late on Friday because I have to doctor appointments back to back and I don’t know what time I’ll finish.
  • The literal meaning of back to back is to be sitting close together with your backs touching and looking in opposite directions.
    • I asked the kids to sit back to back with their eyes close to start the game.
    • The sisters stood back to back to see who was taller.
    • Sometimes we do exercises in pairs at gym class and we either face one another or stand back to back and pass the medicine ball to each other.

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Expression Session: shed some light on something
Expression Session: call it a day

English Expressions: Shed light on something

English Expressions: Shed light on something

English Expressions: Shed light on something. Are you going around in circles in a meeting or with your family on a whatsapp group because the person who has all the answers in not responding or is going to arrive late? Stop the needless conversation and simply say, let’s wait for Susan to arrive so she can shed some light on this situation (because we are currently in the dark!).

SHED LIGHT ON THE SITUATION

  • to clarify a situation by providing more information or explanation.
    • We have an appointment with the doctor tomorrow so hopefully she will shed some light on the treatment plan he will have to follow.
    • Now that Jim has shed some light on the situation, let’s start planning the event.
  • like most good expressions, changing your tone of voice can show if you are upset with someone and expecting an explanation for their actions.
    • Your teacher said that you didn’t go to school today. Do you want to maybe shed some light as to why you didn’t go?
    • Would you like to shed some light on the fact that you didn’t turn in the report on time?

THROW/CAST LIGHT ON THE SITUATION

  • Both cast and throw can be used in this expression in place of shed.
  • They both have the same meaning and there is no difference.
    • Thank you for casting some light on the matter. Now I understand.
    • The boss just threw some light on the reason for the change, however, I still don’t agree.

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Expression Session: Call it a day
Expression Session: Tie up loose ends

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: Call it a day

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: Call it a day

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: Call it a day. Are you done? Are you out of energy? Have you worked all day and can’t do more? Have you had enough? This is your expression.

Call it a day

  • To stop doing something because you feel you have done enough
    • Listen, I’ve done all I can. I’m going to call it a day.
    • My back is hurting and I am hungry so I’m calling it a day.
  • To quit doing something.
    • I need to call it a day. I’ve tried everything to make this work and it just isn’t going anywhere.
    • How is Lucy’s new job?
      • Well, she wasn’t very happy there and decided to call it a day. She has an interview tomorrow with a different company.

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions.

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Expression Session: tie up loose ends
Expression Session: Shit hit the fan

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English Expression: tie up loose ends

English Expression: tie up loose ends

English Expression: tie up loose ends. I am running to go somewhere, but before I do that I need to TIE UP LOOSE ENDS.

Tie up loose ends

  • to finish any unresolved business
  • to quickly do some last minute things before leaving
  • making sure everything is in place before an event starts
    • I need to tie up loose ends before the concert tomorrow.
    • I have everything planned for Christmas. I just need to tie up some loose ends.
    • Before you turn in the final project, make sure you have tied up any loose ends.

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Expression Session: the shit hit the fan
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Expression Session: the shit hit the fan

English Expressions: Shit hit the fan

English Expressions: Shit hit the fan. OK, so this is one of my favorite expressions in English, I have to admit. It is so visual. The idea of $#!T actually hitting a fan and it spraying all over the place and leaving you with a huge mess. It’s awful and so delightful at the same time.

The shit hit the fan

  • when a situation suddenly becomes explosive or causes a lot of trouble.
  • something has suddenly become much worse
  • it is also really messy and going to take a lot to control
    • When I told him I was leaving him, the shit hit the fan.
    • Johnny told his parents he was quitting school and the shit hit the fan.
    • Julie told her sister that she wasn’t going to the wedding and then the shit really the fan.
    • If you really want to see the shit hit the fan, tell him you can’t finish the project by Friday.

NOTE TO REMEMBER

In English, the word shit is actually considered a ‘bad word’ by many people. This changes from culture to culture and among different people within the same culture, so, you may want to know your audience before you use this expression.

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Expression Session: out of sight, out of mind
Expression Session: out of the blue

English Expression: out of sight, out of mind

English Expressions: out of sight, out of mind

English Expressions: out of sight, out of mind. Unfortunately, more and more today this expression is relevant. We all talk about a hot topic issue that is on the news, but once it is no longer on the front page, we forget about it all together.

Out of sight, out of mind

  • to quickly forget about something or someone once they are no longer in front of you or no longer present.
    • Once the news is off the front page, it’s out of sight, out of mind.
    • He seemed really upset about the but once he walked away it was out of sight, out of mind.
  • It can often to referred as denial of the truth
    • I try to not think about it – out of sight, out of mind.
    • She left the city to take a break from everything. Out of sight, out of mind kind of thing.

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Expression Session: out of the blue
Expression Session: wrap your head around something

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English Expressions: Out of the blue

English Expressions: Out of the blue

English Expressions: Out of the blue. Using expressions in English gives emphasis to what you want to say. This expression is used to show your surprise about a certain situation. So, instead of just saying, I was watching TV while a spider crawled on my leg, you can say, ‘out of the blue a spider started crawling on my leg. Boom, your story is 5x more interesting. Depending on your intonation, you can express if this was a happy surprise or a not so happy one.

Out of the blue

  • when something happens unexpectedly
  • This can be positive or negative
    • After 3 weeks of no response, I got an email from her out of the blue.
    • He was just looking at me and then out of the blue he says ‘I love you!’
    • We were sunbathing and out of the blue a bird landed on my stomach.

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Expression Session: Wrap your head around something
Expression Session: Take a rain check

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B2 C1 C2 English: wrap your head around something

B2 C1 C2 English Expression: wrap your head around something

Learn this B2 C1 C2 English Expression: wrap your head around something. Have you ever heard something that you just can’t comprehend? You read about AI taking care of the elderly, mini brains being manufactured or simply your closest friends that have always been happy are now divorcing. In all of these situations, you can use this expression.

Wrap your head around something

  • to understand something, especially something that is strange or unexpected.
  • to accept something that you may not want to accept.
  • usually used in the negative
    • I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that my daughter is leaving for university!
    • Things at the office are changing and I need to wrap my head around it.
    • I can’t believe he passed away. I just can’t wrap my head around it.

Expression Session

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Expression Session: take a rain check
Expression Session: off the record

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English expressions: take a rain check

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: take a rain check

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: take a rain check. When someone invites you and you REALLY do want to go but you can’t, ask for a rain check. This not only shows that you are interested in attending but that you would like to set another date to meet.

Take a rain check on something

  • Say ‘take a rain check’ when you cannot accept an invitation, but would like to do it at a later date.
    • I’d love to go for a coffee, but I’m so busy right now. Can I take a rain check on that?
    • We have plans for Saturday. We’re going to my sister’s house for lunch. Can I take a rain check?
  • You can also say it to make another meeting even though it would be different than the original idea.
    • I know you can’t change the date of the party, but I would love to take a rain check and maybe just meet up for a drink one night.

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions

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Expression Session: Can’t put my finger on it
Expression Session: to be on track

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B2 C1 C2 English expressions: off the record

B2 C1 C2 English expressions: off the record

B2 C1 C2 English expressions: off the record. This is an American phrase that dates back to the 1930s. President Franklin Roosevelt used it to say that his words should not be attributed to him. So, today we use it in a similar manner. It means, don’t tell anyone I said this.

Off the record

  • As the example I gave above, the most common meaning of the phrase is that I am about to make comments or statements in confidence and they should not be published or recorded
  • Sometimes we use this expression without ‘the’.
    • Today, most politicians only want to speak off the record and won’t go public about anything.
    • Would you be willing to speak off record?
  • An unofficial statement.
    • As I am not the official spokesperson, I can only speak off the record.
    • Off the record, the event will be going ahead, but we should wait for the official announcement before we begin planning anything.

On (the) record

  • If something is ‘on record’ that it is official and I am publicly responsible for my words.
    • I agreed to speak to the newspaper on the record.
    • Are you willing to go on record with your testimony?

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions

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Expression Session: can’t put my finger on it
Expression Session: to be on track

Expresiones en inglés: can't put a finger on it

Expresiones en inglés: can’t put a finger on it

Expresiones en inglés: can’t put a finger on it. Have you ever had that feeling like something was wrong but you are not sure why you feel like that? We have the perfect expression for that feeling in English: I can’t put my finger on it. It can also be a useful expression if you do know what is wrong but maybe you do not want to say it out loud to everyone.

I can’t put my finger on it

  • Feeling like something is wrong without understanding why
    • I feel like something is wrong, but I can’t put my finger on it.
    • There’s something I don’t trust about her, but I can’t put my finger on it.
  • We also can replace ‘it’ with what it is.
    • I knew I did a poor job on the assignment, but I couldn’t put my eye on what the problem was.
    • Jenny thought he was lying, but she couldn’t put a finger on what he was lying about.

Expresiones en inglés

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Expression Session: to be on track
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Expresiones en inglés: to be on track

Expresiones en inglés: to be on track

Expresiones en inglés: to be on track. If you are on track, then you are doing what you should be doing. In Spanish you may say we are on el buen camino. It’s a phrase that can be used casually among friends or family or at work. That means this is a very useful phrase to use!

To be on track

  • doing what is needed to achieve what is required.
    • She’s on track to get her C1 in English this year.
    • We are on track to meet the deadline next week.

To be off track/to get off track

  • This means that you are not going to achieve what is required.
    • Everything was going fine but now we are off track and will not meet the deadline.
    • We are really getting off track now, so let’s try to refocus.
  • This can also refer to someone’s behavior or attitude
    • He was such a nice kid when he was young. I don’t know when things got so off track.
    • She was doing so well with her recovery, but has really gotten off track lately.

Expresiones en inglés

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Expression Session: Brush up on something
Expression Session: Get back to the salt mines

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