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  • Hello everyone!

  • Welcome to Idiom 100, where we learn 100 commonly used idioms by native English speakers.

  • All of the explanations are in English, so it might be challenging for you,

  • but just try to imagine the meanings in your head and study hard and soon you'll be able to use these idioms in your conversations.

  • Is everyone ready? Let's begin.

  • Hello everyone!

  • Today's idiom is: fifth wheel.

  • Fifth wheel.

  • Alright, so let's imagine you're in a car and how many wheels does a car have?

  • Well, usually four. Four wheels, right?

  • But, this car has a fifth wheel. It has five wheels.

  • And the first 4 wheels are good, but the fifth wheel, do you need it?

  • Maybe not.

  • So, let's imagine this car with 5 wheels. It's kind of funny.

  • Alright, and let's listen to some examples.

  • I felt like a fifth wheel when I went to Disneyland with my two friends and their boyfriends.

  • That must have been awkward. You should take your boyfriend next time too.

  • Alright, so there were two couples and one extra person.

  • She was the fifth wheel and they said it must have been awkward.

  • Yeah, kind of two and two, four and one more, maybe not needed, kind of strange.

  • Okay, let's listen to another example.

  • Are there any bad points to working in groups during class?

  • The only bad thing is feeling like a fifth wheel and not being part of the team.

  • Okay, so they were working in groups and she said she felt like a fifth wheel, not part of the team, okay?

  • So, if you guessed it, 'fifth wheel' means kind of to be extra and to feel out of place.

  • Maybe you don't belong, you feel awkward and it's usually used in a situation with dates or couples.

  • So, there's two and two and you're extra and you feel kind of uncomfortable, you shouldn't be there.

  • Okay, and we also often say 'third wheel' and it has the same meaning.

  • Yeah, there's two, maybe husband and wife and the best friend is kind of the third wheel.

  • Or if you have two couples and best friend is the fifth wheel.

  • So, you can use either of these in this kind of situation when you might feel out of place or someone else.

  • For example, if you want to go to dinner with your husband and his friend, but you think it might be awkward,

  • you could say, 'I don't think we should invite him. He might feel like a third wheel.'

  • Or if you have two couples, 'He might feel like a fifth wheel.'

  • Alright, so I hope you don't have any fifth wheels in your situation and I'll see you again next time.

Hello everyone!

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