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  • Feifei: Hello and welcome

  • to The English We Speak. I'm Feifei.

  • Rob: And I'm Rob. Phew, Feifei, is

  • the air conditioning on?

  • Feifei: Let me check.

  • Looks like it's broken.

  • Rob: Again? The company fixed it

  • just this week.

  • Feifei: Yeah.

  • Rob: And that's three times this month!

  • Feifei: I know...

  • Rob: I honestly can't face calling

  • the company one more time.

  • I've wasted hours on the phone

  • to them! Seriously.

  • Feifei: OK, OK, Rob. No need to get so

  • hot under the collar!

  • Rob: But... OK. You're right.

  • Give me a minute.

  • Feifei: While Rob is cooling down, let me

  • explain that phrase I just used.

  • To get 'hot under the collar' means

  • to become very annoyed or angry

  • about something. There is another

  • meaning, but we'll get there later.

  • OK, Rob, how are you now?

  • Rob: Just a minute more.

  • Feifei: OK, let's listen

  • to these examples first.

  • Nick got a little hot under the collar

  • when he returned from a meeting

  • to discover his

  • colleagues had eaten all his chocolates.

  • I hate driving in big cities. I just get

  • too hot under the collar

  • when others drive badly.

  • I prefer to take a bus and chill out.

  • Try not to say anything about

  • Wayne's new haircut.

  • He knows it looks terrible. When

  • I mentioned it he got

  • very hot under the collar.

  • Feifei: This is The English We Speak

  • from BBC Learning English.

  • So, how are you feeling now, Rob?

  • Rob: Much better. Don't worry,

  • I'll call the air conditioning company.

  • Feifei: If you do, err... can you ask them

  • which engineer is coming to fix it?

  • Rob: Why does that matter?

  • Feifei: Well, you see, there's

  • this one engineer who makes me...

  • all hot under the collar!

  • Rob: Ahh, I see! You find this person

  • attractive and they make you feel

  • excited or even a bit nervous?

  • Well, that's the other meaning of

  • hot under the collar, by the way.

  • Feifei: Well, yes. Sorry. I should admit it.

  • It's been me who has been breaking the

  • air conditioning all along... Just...

  • just... just in the hope that...

  • Rob: Just so that you can see

  • that cute engineer?

  • Feifei! That really is shocking. OK, let me

  • make that call.

  • Feifei: Yes, it's getting a bit hot in here.

  • Bye.

  • Rob: Bye.

Feifei: Hello and welcome

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What does 'hot under the collar' mean?

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/03/24
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