English Idiom “Rip-off” from Happy English NY

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Today we are going to look at the idiom rip-off, which can be used as a noun or a verb. This  expression means stealing or cheating. We often use rip-off when we feel we have been overcharged for something. In this case, we say that something is/was a rip-off:      -They charge $9 for a beer at the baseball stadium. What …

English Idiom Lesson “Get with the Program” Happy English NY

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“Get with the program” or “get with it” has few possible meanings and uses. Let’s look at this popular English expression! The first meaning we will look at is “pay attention to what’s happening now” in the news or pop culture. If you know someone who is a little behind the times, they need to get with the program or …

English Idiom Lesson “Hook up” From Happy English NY

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Today we’re going to look at getting hooked up!  Hook up is an interesting expression with a few different uses and meanings. The most common use and meaning is “to meet” or “get together:”     -Let’s hook up after work and go for a drink.     -Tom hooked up with a bunch of guys who play baseball on the weekends. You …

One-Point English Idiom lesson: Run Into

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When you’re out somewhere and you unexpectedly see someone you know, you can say that you ran into them. To run into someone means you meet someone you know by chance. The structure is run into + [someone]: – I ran into my cousin Tom at the mall. – We ran into Lucy’s mom yesterday. It’s been years since we have …

Idiom Lesson “Call it a day” From Happy English NY!

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Sometimes you’ll work hard on a project, and even though it’s not finished, you are finished working on it for the day. You plan to continue working another time. In this case, you can “call it a day.” How do we use this idiom? First of all, please use all four words exactly like this: “call it a day.” The …