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  • Hello and welcome to The English We Speak.

  • I'm Feifei but I'm not sure where Neil is.

  • Sorry I'm late.

  • It's going a bit crazy out there in the office.

  • Crazy?

  • Yeah. Everybody is arguing and shouting.

  • About what exactly?

  • The mess in the office.

  • The boss says it's untidy and we should clear up after ourselves.

  • He even said that my desk was like a pigsty!

  • Hmmm, well, you'd better stay in here and keep out of the way until things have calmed down.

  • Good idea. I'll just let the dust settle.

  • Oh, so the office is messy and dusty.

  • Is that what everyone's arguing about. The dust?

  • No Feifei, I just mean I'll wait for the situation to calm down.

  • Got it!

  • So, you're just keeping out of the way.

  • Are you scared?

  • Of course not.

  • I just wanted to hear these examples

  • We've had lots of complaints about the changes, but let's wait until the dust settles before we respond.

  • We're busy moving house at the moment, but I'll give you a call when the dust settles.

  • Now the dust has settled after the restructuring, I think we can talk about recruitment.

  • This is The English We Speak from the BBC and we're finding out about the phrase 'let the dust settle', which means to wait for a situation to calm down.

  • We can also say 'wait for the dust to settle', which is what I'm doing right now.

  • Neil, I have a feeling you're just avoiding the situation for one reason.

  • Oh yeah, what's that?

  • Look out there.

  • They're all pointing at your desk.

  • They're not arguing about a messy office.

  • They're complaining about your mess.

  • Really. Well, I like to work in a messy environment.

  • Maybe, but I don't think the dust is ever going to settle in this argument.

  • OK. But I think I'll stay in here for just a little longer.

  • - Bye. - Bye.

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Let the dust settle: The English We Speak

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    Evangeline posted on 2021/02/27
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