Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei… Rob: …and me, Rob. So, Feifei, what are you doing tonight? Feifei: Tonight? Oh, erm, I’m busy – I’m washing my hair tonight. Rob: Oh right – so you’re not going to that new bar for a drink? I overheard someone saying that you and some of the team were going. Feifei: Oh yes! The new bar. We are going for a drink – just one - on the way home – errr…. Would you like to join us? Rob: Oh yes that would be great! Feifei: Actually, haven’t you got that big project to finish? The one the boss said was very important? Rob: Oh that! No, no, no – that’s not important – I’ll leave it for a few days and he’ll forget about it. Feifei: Hmm, so you’re going to kick it into the long grass? Rob: ‘Kick it into the long grass’? You mean delay a plan or decision about something because it will only cause problems for me – and that by delaying it, it might get forgotten altogether? Feifei: That’s exactly what I meant! Let’s hear some examples of this phrase in action… The decision to kick the plans for a new railway line into the long grass means that we’ll have to continue to face overcrowding and slow journey times. He hoped by kicking a decision on her marriage proposal into the long grass she'd soon forget – but she didn’t! I’ve decided to kick this plan to redecorate the house into the long grass – we’ve got more urgent things to do, like fixing the hole in the roof! Feifei: You're listening to The English We Speak from BBC Learning English. In this programme, we're looking at the expression 'to kick something into the long grass'. It means to delay a plan or decision because it is difficult or problematic. And Rob is delaying the project the boss asked him to do because it’s hard work. Rob: Hard work? This project is perfect for someone with my skills, but I need time to think about it… maybe a few weeks. Feifei: But if you kick it into the long grass, you won’t be able to find it! Rob: Of course not. Now, what time are we going for that drink? The Boss: Rob could I have a word about that urgent project I asked you to do – as soon as possible? Feifei: Oh dear, Rob. It looks like you’re going to have to kick that drink into the long grass. I think you’d better go and see the boss. Good luck! Rob: OK. See you later. Feifei: Bye! Rob: Bye.