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Tom: Hey Luke! Long time no see! What have you been up do?
Luke: Oh you know, this and that…
2. Speak of the devil! (= We’ve just been talking about you, and here you are!)
Suzy: Have you heard from Debbie recently?
Kelly: No, I haven’t. I thought she was on holiday.
(Debbie walks up to Suzy and Kelly)
Suzy: Speak of the devil!
Rob: OK, I’m going home. See you next week!
Pat: Take care then.
Steve: Is there anything else you’d like me to do?
John: No, that’s it for today. Thanks.
Steve: Well I’ll be off then. See you tomorrow.
5. (I'll) love you and leave you. (= I’m going now)
(Lisa and Jane are chatting, and Jane’s phone rings.)
(She looks at Lisa)
Lisa: Well, I’ll love you and leave you!
Lisa: Well, I’ll love you and leave you!
Nick: OK, I’m off now.
Ted: OK! Catch you later!
Rob: Is that the time? Gotta dash!
Jo: OK! Catch you later!
Son: OK, See you two later!
Dad: Where’s he going?
Mum: He’s off out for the evening.
Customer: Can I have a can of coke, please?
Shop assistant (passing it to the customer): Here you go!
9. I'm good thanks. (= No thank you)
Food stall assistant: Would you like something to drink with that?
Customer: I’m good thanks.
Passenger 1: Have you finished with your newspaper?
Passenger 2: Be my guest!
Bill: Can I have one of your biscuits?
Anna: Help yourself!
(John and Sue arrive at Debbie’s house for dinner. Debbie shows them in.)
Debbie: Go and sit down. Make yourself at home! What can I get you to drink?
John: Thanks, a beer please…
Ben: I’m sorry, but I can’t come out tonight after all.
Liam: Never mind! Another time perhaps.
Richard: Can I borrow your car this evening?
Paul: I’m sorry, but I need to use it.
Richard: No worries!
(Shop assistant sees a customer trying to get something down from a shelf)
Shop assistant: Would you like a hand with that?
Customer: Oh yes please!
16. Are you alright with that? (= Do you need help?)
(David sees a woman with a heavy suitcase)
David: Are you alright with that?
Woman: I’m fine, thanks!
17. Have you got a (noun) on you? (= Do you have a / the…?)
Mike: Have you got the time on you?
Andy: Yes, it’s almost 3 o’clock.
Barbara: I’ll leave you that magazine when I’ve finished with it.
(Neil comes back from the sandwich shop)
Neil: Here’s the sandwich you wanted.
Will: Cheers mate!
20. Nice one! (= Thank you. This is particularly used by British men.)
Someone holds the door open for you, and you say “Nice one!” as you walk through the door.
Commenting on a situation / giving an opinion
21. Keep your chin up! (= Don’t worry too much)
Kirsty: I just had the most terrible meeting with Dan. I think he’s going to fire me.
Julia: Keep your chin up! I’m sure it’ll be fine.
Emma: Do you fancy going out tonight or staying in?
Mark: I don’t mind. Whatever you decide…
Charles: It’s going to rain, by the looks of it.
Justine: Mmm. Better take an umbrella.
(Two children arguing with each other)
Mum: I’ve had it up to here with you two! Why don’t you go out and play?
Sarah: How much do you earn?
George: Mind your own business!
Commenting on what other people say
26. You must be joking! (= Absolutely not!)
Sean: Are you going to tell Melissa about your car accident?
Terry: You must be joking!
Dave: Modern art is so stupid…
June: Speak for yourself! There are some great artists nowadays.
Geoff: I hate it when people jump the queue.
Stella: Look who’s talking! I saw you do it yesterday at the bus stop!
Irene: I just told Mr Harris he’d have to do the stock-taking himself.
Betty: Well I never! He won’t like that!
Joe: Is that our train, Dad?
Dad: Yeah - look lively! It’s going to leave in a couple of minutes.
(Teacher asks her class to get their books out.)
Teacher: Chop chop! We haven’t got all day!
Sally: What time do we need to leave?
Larry: In a couple of minutes. Come on! Get a move on!
(In an office)
Nicola: Have you got the phone number for Sue?
Kate: Just a sec. I’ll get it for you.
Telephone caller: Can you confirm the list price for these items?
Office worker: Let me get back to you on that.
(In a shop: the sales assistant is busy, but sees a customer who needs help)
Sales assistant: I’ll be with you in a tick.
Customer: OK, thanks.
36. Have you got the time? (= What time is it?)
(At a train station)
Passenger 1: Excuse me? Have you got the time?
Passenger 2: Yes, it’s five to six.
37. It's just gone... (time) (= It’s just past…)
Louise: Have you got the time?
Simon: Yes, it’s just gone five thirty.
(When a child keeps complaining about the same thing)
Dad: Oh put a sock in it! You aren’t going to the fun fair, and that’s that!
(Two boys arguing.)
Fraser: I’m going to tell Mum that you stole those sweets.
Robert: Shut it!
40. We’re out of… (= We don’t have any more …)
Lily: We’re out of milk.
Tom: I’ll get some on the way home.
Colin: We’re running low on sugar.
Ivan: OK - I’ll get some when I go out.
(In a pub)
Barman: That’ll be £10.70 please.)
Customer: Here’s £11. Keep the change!
Wendy: How’s it going?
Peter: Well, I’m up to my ears in it at the moment…
Tony: Can you help me with this report?
Sue: I’m a bit tied up at the moment. Can it wait?
Laura: Can I give you this project, Kate?
Kate: Well, I’ve got my hands full with the other one.
Child A: Whose turn is it now?
Child B: It’s your turn!
(Three players need to roll the dice to start the game.)
Steven: Donna - you go first!
48. Time's up! (= When the time for an activity finishes)
(In a game when a player has a limited time to answer a question)
Child 1: OK Mum! Time’s up! What’s your answer?
Mum: OK, I’m going to say 1812…
49. Ladies first! (= Women are allowed to be the first to do something)
Dan: OK, ladies first! Jill: Who was the first person to walk on the moon?
Jill: That’s an easy one!
face of the important person, or “heads”; or the other side of the coin, which is “tails”)
Ben: Let’s toss for it. Heads or tails?