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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Idioms 236. The idiom today is 'hang in there."

  • Actually this one is very very common in like everyday spoken English, especially

  • in the US. You often hear people saying hang in there to someone to try to

  • encourage them. So let's take a look at the note here. All right. So this is used

  • as words of encouragement to tell someone to continue doing something and

  • not give up. All right. That's one way we use it. Or number two , it could simply be

  • a way of saying be patient, things will work out. You know, hang in there or it

  • could be words to encourage someone to stay calm in a difficult situation.

  • All right. So all of these could apply here. Okay . Let's continue here. The origin of

  • this phrase is not completely certain, but many people believe it came from an

  • inspirational poster in the 1970s of a kitten hanging on a tree branch. Yeah. They

  • had this poor kitten hanging on like he's going to fall. Actually, they made

  • several versions of it. They made about three or four versions. I think one was

  • him hanging on a tree branch another was just him hanging on a stick

  • and another one was him hanging on a rope. But they were famous in the 1970s

  • and a lot of people believe this phrase kind of caught on from this poster. This

  • this, this, this kitten trying to hang on for its life

  • on this tree like hang in there. So that's where they think it really kind

  • of caught on from. Anyway , let's continue. Let's look at several examples here.

  • Example number one. I know that you and Jane are going through difficult times,

  • but hang in there. You should be able to work it out. So this is obviously in

  • regards to like a relationship problems. Maybe a romantic relationships. Maybe

  • they're having a fight. Maybe somebody's discouraged and somebody else tells

  • them. Yeah. Just hang in there. Don't worry. Things will work out. Everything will be

  • okay. All right. Number two here. It feels like it is taking forever to

  • become fluent in English. You know , so of course this is an a/b. So A just said that.

  • And then B would say " hang in there. " You are making some steady progress. Just be

  • persistent and give it more time. So this is another one that's basically saying

  • don't give up. You know, continue. Be patient. All of these ideas are in this.

  • All right, and number three here. They say our business is still losing money

  • after a year. All right. This is also a/b. So A just said that, and B says, hang in

  • there , your company has a lot of potential. So maybe in the future this

  • could be a very successful company. It is not that unusual for some companies to

  • be in the red.In the red means you know, they're not making money. They're

  • actually losing money. They're in debt for you know, maybe one to three years.

  • One to four years. Sometimes for several years before turning a profit. Okay, good.

  • I hope you got it. I hope it's clear. Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Idioms 236. The idiom today is 'hang in there."

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