idioms and collocations

to chip in

to chip in (v.i., informal) – contribute money (hacer un fondo común)
“Everyone in the office is chipping in for Anne leaving present”
“to chip in for charity”

to chip in sth (v.t., informal) (contribuir en un fondo común con dinero)
“They each chipped in 100 euros and bought their friend an expensive present”


to chip in a conversation or debate … (v.i., informal) intervenir, interrumpir
“Can I chip in? I just want to say that I think ….”



bald-faced lies

There are white lies and big lies, and the kind of lies told in full disregard, the ones that are undisguised and clearly untrue. These are the so-called bald-faced lies. So when someone is lying and making no attempt to hide a dishonest behavior, we might say: “He’s a bald-faced liar”

Is That Lie ‘Bald-faced’ or ‘Bold-faced’?
…’ both bold-faced and bald-faced are used, but bald-faced is decidedly the preferred term in published, edited text.’

Who Can It Be Now?

Who can it be knocking at my door?
Go ‘way, don’t come ’round here no more.
Can’t you see that it’s late at night?
I’m very tired, and I’m not feeling right.
All I wish is to be alone;
Stay away, don’t you invade my home.
Best off if you hang outside,
Don’t come in, I’ll only run and hide.

Who can it be now?

Continue reading “Who Can It Be Now?”

keep up with somebody

to keep up with somebody:
to write to, telephone, or meet a friend regularly, so that you do not forget each other

a través de keep up with somebody | meaning of keep up with somebody in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English | LDOCE


to keep something ↔ up: to continue doing something
“I don’t think I can keep this up any longer”
“keep up the good work!” (=continue to work hard and well)

to keep someone in the loop

To keep you in the loop means to keep someone informed about and/or involved in something, such as a plan or project, especially that which involves or pertains to a specific group.

“We’ve hired a new intern to help you with data entry, so be sure to keep her in the loop about the project.”

a través de Keep (someone) in the loop – Idioms by The Free Dictionary

Weekly photo challenge – Repurpose

“ A chair is still a chair even though there’s no one sitting there”  by vocabularyinchunks

Origen: Weekly photo challenge – Repurpose

What Goes Around Comes Around

what goes around comes around: used to say that if someone does bad things now, bad things will happen to them in the future (“lo que se siembra se recoge”)

Justin Timberlake – What Goes Around…Comes Around
“… That’s okay, baby, ’cause in time you will find
What goes around, goes around, goes around
Comes all the way back around …”

“Go” and its prepositions and articles

… “go home”

… but “go to school”,

… or “go to the supermarket”

… or “go on a date”

… or “go for a walk”

Source: Hägar Language School

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown

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