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  • Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English

  • We Speak. I'm Feifei.

  • Neil: And hello, I'm Neil. Phwa!

  • What is that smell?

  • Feifei: Rob's homemade cooking.

  • Neil: Rob cooks?!

  • Feifei: Yes, he does.

  • But it doesn't taste very nice.

  • Neil: So why do you have to eat it -

  • and why do have to make

  • the studio stink of it?

  • Feifei: Well, I don't want to offend him.

  • He keeps giving me his

  • homemade food and asking

  • me for some honest feedback.

  • And I just tell him 'it's interesting,

  • unique, special'.

  • Neil: Oh Feifei, you need

  • to keep a lid on it.

  • Feifei: Well, if you think that'll stop

  • the smell, I will.

  • Neil: That's not what I meant, although

  • it's a good idea. If you 'keep

  • a lid on something'

  • it means to keep something under control

  • - to stop the situation getting worse.

  • Feifei: OK, Neil!

  • Neil: Here are some examples

  • of this phrase in action.

  • I couldn't keep a lid on my feelings about

  • the rota so I shouted at the boss!

  • With rising food prices, it's hard to keep

  • a lid on how much I spend

  • at the supermarket.

  • Feifei: This is The English We Speak from

  • BBC Learning English and we're looking at

  • the phrase 'to keep a lid on something'

  • which means to keep something

  • under control and

  • to stop the situation from getting worse.

  • But this isn't the only meaning, is it?

  • Neil: No. If you keep a lid on something,

  • it can also mean you keep

  • something secret. Like this...

  • I've heard that Daisy is expecting a baby

  • - but keep a lid on it until it's official!

  • Feifei: OK Neil, you're telling me to keep

  • a lid on things by telling Rob to stop

  • giving me his homemade food?

  • Neil: Yes - unless his cooking is amazing.

  • Feifei: It's not.

  • Neil: Right, well tell him you're on a diet or

  • you've become vegan and

  • that should stop

  • him. And I will keep your little lie a secret.

  • Feifei: You mean, you'll keep a lid on it?

  • Neil: Exactly. But in the meantime, could

  • you actually keep a lid on that box of food

  • please? It stinks!

  • Feifei: OK. Right, I'm off to speak to Rob.

  • Bye.

  • Neil: Remember to be firm and

  • say what you mean.

  • Rob: Hi, Neil. Feifei doesn't seem

  • to want this delicious

  • food I made. Would

  • you like it?

  • Neil: Err... go on then. Looks lovely. Bye.

Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English

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Keep a lid on it: The English We Speak

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    pi911pi911 posted on 2019/04/04
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