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To tag along

to tag along meaning

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Yesterday I was picking up my husband from work and when I arrived he was chatting to his colleagues, seeming somewhat reluctant to go home. It turned out he was telling them about our camping plans for this weekend and one of his colleagues promised to tag along. He was only joking, of course, as camping is not really his thing. As for us, we’re going! In about 4-5 hours.

To tag along‘ means to go somewhere with someone else although you are not needed (MacMillan Dictionary).

Some more examples of where you can along to:

– True to that last role, she invited all those present to a drink around the corner afterwards. A remarkable third of the audience tagged along. She laughed and cried with each and every one of them (The Economist).

– Until the Olympic reporting rules came into force in January last year, foreign journalists based in China needed government approval for any reporting trip outside their city of residence. Officials often insisted on tagging along. Many journalists would travel without permission, but local police often stopped them, seized their notebooks and expelled them from their areas (The Economist).

– A 14-year-old girl lands the lead role in a short film being shot in Aberdeenshire after tagging along to an audition (BBC).

– It was Pam who had wanted to come to this lunchtime radio recording (Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Showcase) and Gloria had tagged along in the hope that at least one of the comics might be funny, although her expectations were not high (Kate Atkinson, One Good Turn)

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No love is lost between…

no love is lost between the English and the French meaning usage

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On Saturday I was meeting my ex-colleague and her English husband and we spent a very nice evening together. After a meal in the pub we came back to their place for some whiskey (those in the passenger seat) and water (me, the designated driver). Somehow the conversation turned to the French and I was not in the least surprised to hear things like ‘frog-leg-eaters’ and other highly critical and emotional expressions about the French. My friend’s husband summed it up nicely by saying that  ‘no love is lost between the French and the English’.

I personally am very fond of everything French and hopefully I’ll be travelling there next week, but this is not the first time I hear about this entrenched mutual hatred. Here and here is a bit of an insight into why this is so.

Below are a couple of examples of this newly-discovered expression:

– A quarter of Macedonia’s 2m people are ethnic Albanians. In 2001 they skirted perilously close to civil war. Now, although no love is lost between the two sides, there is no violence between them (The Economist).

– If this were a purely commercial dispute, a compromise would be found. But political undercurrents are just as important. Little love is lost between Ukraine and Russia, especially since the Orange revolution of four years ago (The Economist).

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Where are you getting off?

get off phrasal verb meaning

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Yesterday I took the train to Leicester (I’ll leave out my impressions about the city) and was struggling to remember the phrasal verb that means ‘to leave the train’ and a few minutes later I heard somebody saying ‘Where are you getting off, my friend?’ That was it!

I think this is a fairly simple, but useful phrasal verb (however, it does have many more meanings).

Here are some examples just in case:

– After that, we’d leave the park and catch the eastbound 94, 148 or 390 from the Queensway station bus stop. We’d take a short ride to Lancaster Gate station, then get off the bus and continue walking up Lancaster Terrace (The Guardian).

– So, if you’re reading this on the commute, it’s not too late to get off your bus or train (The Guardian).

– Mr Hof is pleased that the train will go by his business, but now that Mr Franks has caught his attention, he’d like a little bit more from Congress. “There isn’t going to be a stop right next to the Bunny Ranch, but there should be,” said Mr Hof. “Tourists could get off the train and buy T-shirts.” (The Economist)

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