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Learn a phrasal verb every day with this series of short podcasts by Luke Thompson from Luke’s English Podcast.

Each episode contains definitions, explanations and improvised examples of each phrase to help you understand and remember these complex but important parts of the English language! Transcripts are also available for every episode.

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Nov 20, 2015

= to start talking suddenly, to interrupt, to speak after a period of being silent "I asked the class a question and everyone was silent for a moment before Anna piped up and gave me the answer." This quote from "My kids spent the sober, rainy days that followed the horrific Paris attacks with their...

Nov 20, 2015

This phrase is used to tell someone to make less noise, or to stop talking. "Could you pipe down a bit please, I'm trying to work in here!"

Nov 18, 2015

1. to put all the blame onto someone - to accuse someone of doing something, especially if they didn't actually do it also, the fixed phrase: to pin your hopes on something/someone = to put all your hope on one thing, when all other things have failed. For explanations and examples, listen to the episode. Notes...

Nov 18, 2015

1. to understand, explain or describe something specifically 2. to keep people contained in a particular place (especially used when talking about military action) 3. to force someone to make a decision 4. to hold someone on the ground so they can't move For examples and explanations, listen to the episode. Transcript...

Nov 16, 2015

= put lots of things on top of each other to make a pile (often passive)