eat/dip into one's savings
If you eat or dip into your savings, you spend part of the money you have put aside for future use.
I had to dip into my savings to have the car repaired.
fall off the back of a lorry
Goods that have fallen off the back of a lorry are stolen goods.
Judging by the price of that camera, it must have fallen off the back of a lorry!
get the sack
If someone gets the sack, they lose their job, usually because they have done something wrong.
Charlie got the sack when his boss caught him stealing.
NEW WORDS IN ENGLISH
Photobomb- Intrude into the background of a photograph just before it is taken.
Vook- A combination of video, text, images and social streams in an electronic book.
Weblish- A form of English that is used on the web (use of abbreviations, acronyms, small letters, absence of punctuation and hyphens etc.) Also known as : webspeak, netspeak, internetese
Common Mistakes and
Confusing Words in English
Both leaped and leapt are the past form of the verb to leap. The difference between them is purely about what English you want to learn, British English (BrE) or American English (AmE).
In the UK we say leapt. To leap - I leapt - I have leapt - I am leaping.
In the US they have made the verb "to leap" into a regular verb (they do that a lot) so they add -ed and say leaped.
Note - Lept is wrong, but it does show you how Brits pronounce leapt.
A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb; the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb. Below you will find a list of phrasal verbs in alphabetical order with their meaning and an example of use.
play down- Minimize or make something appear less important
The government played down the gravity of the situation.
slow down- Decelerate
You're driving too fast. Slow down!