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In this lesson we will study these common expressions: talk over, take down, put out, and sneak up on.
Talk over is a phrase used to ask someone to discuss a matter or the situation.
Luna: Eric, what happened? Why do you seem so low today?
Eric: I had a fight with Daisy last night.
Luna: Oh. That’s really sad. You guys should try to talk it over.
Eric: Yes, I’ve been trying to call her since morning but she is not picking up.
Luna: Come to my house this evening and we can talk it over. I’ll invite Daisy too.
Take down is commonly used in the sense of lowering one’s arrogance or self-esteem.
Karen: Hey, did you hear what happened to Stan?
Luna: No, I did not. Is he okay?
Karen: Not exactly. He used to say he would take the new manager down. But truth is he was the one who got fired.
Luna: Oh, I told him many times. This manager won’t be taken down easily.
Karen: Yes, I know. But he’s so arrogant. I hope someone really takes him down one day.
Luna: Yeah, so do I.
Put out is to extinguish something.
Eric: Hey Karen, are we going inside this building?
Karen: Yes, Eric. I have some work here. I’m afraid you will have to put out your cigarette. Smoking inside is not allowed.
Eric: I think you should go alone. I’ll wait for you outside.
Karen: Why don’t you want to come inside?
Eric: I don’t want to put my cigarette out. You go on and I’ll just wait here.
Karen: You are unbelievable!
Sneak up on somebody is to approach someone or something quietly.
Karen: Do not sneak up on me like that. I just don’t like it.
Eric: What are you saying? I don’t sneak up on people.
Karen: Don’t try to make a fool out of me. I know you were sneaking on me. You thought I wouldn’t see it but you forgot about that mirror over there!
Eric: Okay, you got me, I confess. I’m sorry.