It is getting very hot and humid in Japan. It looks like it is going to be a long, hot summer…I wonder if I can stand* the heat…
(*In this example, ‘stand’ means ‘put up with’/’endure’.)
There is a very famous English saying about “standing the heat”. Can you complete it?
If you can’t stand the heat…
a) buy a fan
b) go swimming
c) get out of the kitchen
d) don’t go out in summer
The answer is below! ↓
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Meaning: Don’t continue to do something that is too stressful for you, or if the pressure is too much for you.
A: How is your new job? Are you enjoying it?
B: I hate it! It’s really tough. There is a lot of pressure and I have to work seven days a week. I am so stressed, I can’t sleep at night!
A: If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen! You should look for a new job with less stress.