Pipe down!

Do you know the casual English expression “pipe down“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Trisha: Children! Can you pipe down? I’m on the phone!

Children: Sorry, mum!

Does it mean:

a) play with a pipe

b) put toys down

c) be quiet

d) stop playing with a pipe

The answer is below! ↓

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Answer: c) be quiet

Grow apart

Do you know the English expression “to grow apart“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Bill: Why did you and your wife get divorced?

Gary: We grew apart over the last few years. We weren’t as close as we used to be.

Does it mean:

a) move to a different place

b) become less close as time passes

c) start to dislike each other

d) fight a lot

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Answer: b) become less close as time passes

Look back on (something)

Do you know the English phrase “to look back on (something)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Mayumi: Why are we having a meeting at the end of December?

Ayako: We always have a meeting then to look back on the year.

Does it mean:

a) think about the past

b) talk about a problem

c) think about next year

d) turn around

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: a) think about the past

It slipped my mind

Do you know the English expression “it slipped my mind“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Jackie: Have you done your homework? We have to hand it in today.

Keith: Oh no! It slipped my mind! I’m going to get in trouble!

Does it mean:

a) I couldn’t do it

b) I forgot about it

c) I didn’t want to do it

d) I had trouble thinking about it

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: b) I forgot about it

Get ahead

Do you know the English expression “to get ahead“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Lisa: Why are you studying so hard?

Neil: Because I want to get ahead. I want to have a great career.

Does it mean:

a) become successful in life

b) be better than everyone else

c) finish studying early

d) be average

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: a) become successful in life