Bob the Canadian



Read along to practice your English and to learn the English phrases SHAKING IN YOUR BOOTS and TO GIVE SOMEONE THE BOOTIn this English lesson I wanted to help you learn the English phrase, to shake in your boots. If you say that someone is shaking in their boots or if you are shaking in your boots, it means that you are scared. There are two things that make me shake in my boots. The first is heights. I don't like going up to the top of tall buildings. I am afraid of heights. I don't like going to the top of towers in big cities, it makes me afraid. It makes me shake in my boots a little bit. I don't know where this phrase comes from though. But I can imagine someone standing and they're so scared that they're shaking and maybe they were wearing boots. And someone started using this phrase that when you're afraid you shake in your boots. The other thing that makes me shake in my boots, snakes. I do not like snakes. They are my least favorite animal in the entire world. Snakes make me shake in my boots. They make me afraid. I don't like them, I don't like them at all.WANT FREE ENGLISH LESSONS? GO TO YOUTUBE AND SEARCH, "BOB THE CANADIAN"✅If you enjoy these lessons please consider supporting me at: next phrase I wanted to teach you is the phrase, to give someone the boot. Sometimes people don't do a good job at work and eventually the boss will give them the boot. That means that they are fired. It means they've lost their job. I know in my life, a few people that I've worked with have gotten the boot. Not from my current job, but from jobs when I was younger. I worked with someone who instead of doing the work we were supposed to do, he would just sleep all the time. And eventually that person got the boot, okay? So notice I flipped the phrase there. The boss would give someone the boot. The person who is losing their job we would say that they got the boot, okay? There's no boot involved at all. But if you give someone the boot, I think it's like you're kicking them out the door. That's probably where the phrase came from. And if you got fired from somewhere, maybe it's like you got kicked in the butt and you lost your job, so you got the boot. So two different versions of the phrase.Anyways, to review, to shake in your boots means to be scared or to be afraid. And if you give someone the boot it means that you are firing them, that they are no longer working for you. And if you get the boot, it means that you have been fired by your boss and you no longer work at the place where you worked.Hey, let's look at a comment from a previous video. This comment is from Alexei. And Alexei says this, "I love your term, bite-sized lesson. A bite-sized lesson that anyone can chew," thanks again. And my response was, "It's a great phrase. We often refer to smaller things as bite-size or bite-sized."You could probably use both terms, I think. Yeah, we refer to a lot of things in English as if they are food. When you refer to smaller things you can say that they're bite-size. Maybe you have a few bite-sized tasks to do before you go to work tomorrow, maybe you have a few little chores to do. We say things like food for thought. We say things like, "Oh, I need to chew on that for a bit." Alexei kind of mentioned that phrase here as well. When you're thinking about something you can say that you need to chew on it before you make a decision. So yeah, we use a lot of verbs and words referring to food when we talk about other things.Support the show (

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