Meaning of YOU in English




and you know it

‘That’s not what I mean, and you know it ,’ he protested.

as the fancy takes you (= whenever you want )

Because of its high cost, a carpet is not an item that you change as the fancy takes you .

As you can see

As you can see , the house needs some work doing on it.

as you please

With the Explorer pass, you can get on and off the bus as you please .

as you/we know

‘I’m divorced, as you know,’ she said briefly.

bad for you

Too much salt can be bad for you .

be bigger/smaller/worse etc than you had imagined

The job interview proved to be much worse than I had imagined it would be.

be (just) what/who you are looking for

‘Salubrious’! That’s just the word I was looking for.

Can I offer you

Can I offer you something to drink?

common sense tells you/me etc sth

Common sense tells me that I should get more sleep.

confirm you in your belief/opinion/view etc (that) (= make you believe something more strongly )

The expression on his face confirmed me in my suspicions.

Could I interest you in a drink/dessert etc? (= used as a polite way of offering someone a drink etc )

deserve all/everything you get (= deserve any bad things that happen to you )

She's behaved really stupidly and she deserves all she gets.

do what you want

You can do what you want, instead of being told what to do.

(do you) know what I mean? (= used to ask if someone understands or has the same feeling as you )

It’s nice to have a change sometimes. Know what I mean?

(do) you know what/something?

You know what? I think he’s lonely.

(do) you mean spoken (= used to check you have understood what someone intended to say )

Do you mean you’ve changed or Chris has changed?

Do you see the point (= do you understand what I’m trying to say )

Do you see the point I’m making ?

do/if you know/see what I mean? spoken (= used to check that someone understands you )

I want to buy her something really special, if you know what I mean.

We’re still married but living apart in the same house, if you see what I mean.

everything you could...desire

The hotel has everything you could possibly desire .

everything you need

Are you sure that you have everything you need ?

get what you deserve (= experience something bad after you have behaved badly )

I like films where the bad guys get what they deserve.

get what you want

You’ve got what you wanted, so you might as well leave.

Good day to you

I must get back. Good day to you .

have it in you (= have the skill or special quality needed to do something )

You should have seen the way Dad was dancing – I didn’t know he had it in him!

Have you ever been to (= have you ever travelled to )

Have you ever been to Japan?

Have you heard the one about

Have you heard the one about the chicken who tried to cross the road?

Have you no shame

How could you do such a thing? Have you no shame ?

Have you seen (= do you know where he is )

Have you seen Chris ?

have/bring/take sb/sth with you

She had her husband with her.

You’d better bring your passport with you.

How are you doing

How are you doing ?

How are you off for (= do you have enough? )

How are you off for sports equipment?

How do you know (= what makes you sure )

How do you know he won’t do it again?

How do you mean (= used to ask someone to explain what they have just said )

‘In three hours’ time, I’ll be a free man.‘ ’ How do you mean ?'

How do you spell

How do you spell ‘juice’?

How would you like (= would you like )

How would you like to spend the summer in Italy?

however/whatever etc you please

You can spend the money however you please.

I beg of you formal (= please )

Listen, I beg of you.

I can assure you

The document is genuine, I can assure you .

I dare you

So jump, then. I dare you .

I grant you

He’s got talent, I grant you , but he doesn’t work hard enough.

I hear what you say/what you’re saying spoken (= used to tell someone that you have listened to their opinion, but do not agree with it )

I hear what you say, but I don’t think we should rush this decision.

I hope you don’t mind

I hope you don’t mind me asking, but why are you moving?

I know what you mean (= I understand, because I have had the same experience )

‘I just felt so tired.' ‘Yeah, I know what you mean .’.

I know what you mean (= used to say you understand and have had the same experience )

‘I didn’t really like him.’ ' I know what you mean , I didn’t get on with him either .

I owe you one (= used to thank someone who has helped you, and to say that you are willing to help them in the future )

Thanks a lot for being so understanding about all this – I owe you one !

I see what you mean (= I understand what you are trying to say )

Oh yeah! I see what you mean .

I should...if I were you

I should stay in bed if I were you .

I would...if I were you

I would talk to the doctor if I were you .

if you know what I mean

Sometimes it’s better not to ask too many questions, if you know what I mean.

If you must know (= used when you are angry because someone wants to know something )

If you must know , I was with James last night .

If you play your cards right

Who knows? If you play your cards right , maybe he’ll marry you.

if you prefer

Or, if you prefer , you can email us.

if you want (to)

You can go if you want.

if you wish

You may leave now, if you wish .

it makes you wonder

He’s been leaving work early a lot – it makes you wonder , doesn’t it?

(it was) nice meeting you (= used to say goodbye politely to someone you have just met for the first time )

(I’ll) be seeing you! (= see you soon )

I’ll give you three guesses (= used to tell someone that it should be easy for them to guess the answer to their question )

‘Where is he?’ ‘I’ll give you three guesses.’

I’m fine (thanks/thank you) spoken (= used when telling someone that you do not want any more when they offer you something )

‘More coffee?’ ‘No, I’m fine , thanks.’

(just) as you wish (= used in formal situations to tell someone you will do what they want )

‘I’d like it to be ready by six.’ ‘Just as you wish, sir.’

keep/have your wits about you (= be ready to think quickly and do what is necessary in a difficult situation )

laugh till you cry/laugh till the tears run down your face

He leaned back in his chair and laughed till the tears ran down his face.

look forward to hearing from you (= hope to receive news from you )

I look forward to hearing from you .

Mind you don’t

Mind you don’t fall!

nice/pleased to meet you (= used to greet someone politely when you have just met them for the first time )

‘This is my niece, Sarah.’ ‘Pleased to meet you.’

not trust sb an inch/not trust sb as far as you can throw them (= not trust someone at all )

now (that) you mention it (= used for saying that you had not thought of something until someone else mentioned it )

I’ve never been to his house either, now that you mention it.

pop you one

If you say that again, I’ll pop you one .

ready when you are (= said to tell someone that you are ready to do what you have arranged to do together )

say sorry/say that you're sorry

It was probably too late to say sorry.

say thank you

I just wanted to say thank you for being there.

say (you are) sorry (= tell someone that you feel bad about hurting them, causing problems etc )

It was probably too late to say sorry, but she would try anyway.

see you in a bit British English (= see you soon )

see you in a while (= see you soon )

see you later (= see you soon, or later in the same day )

see you tomorrow/at three/Sunday etc

See you Friday – your place at 8:30.

seeing as it’s you (= used to agree humorously to someone’s request )

Oh, all right, seeing as it’s you .

sincere thanks/thank you/gratitude

I would like to say a sincere thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me.

Sorry to bother you

Sorry to bother you , but what was the address again?

sorry to disturb you spoken (= said to apologize for interrupting what someone is doing )

Sorry to disturb you, but could you sign this letter, please?

Sorry to keep you waiting

Sorry to keep you waiting – I got stuck in a meeting.

sth gives you courage (= makes you feel that you have courage )

My mother nodded, which gave me the courage to speak up.

sth happens when you least expect it

Bad luck tends to happen when you least expect it.

sth to call your own/which you can call your own (= something that belongs to you )

She just wanted a place to call her own.

sweet of you

How sweet of you to remember my birthday!

thank you for your kind invitation/offer (= said when thanking someone very politely for their invitation or offer )

Thank you very much

Thank you very much , Brian.

thank you

Margaret handed him the butter. ‘Thank you,’ said Samuel.

that’s if you don’t mind

We’ll go there together – that’s if you don’t mind.

the instructions say/tell you to do sth

The instructions say that you should take the tablets after meals.

the lot of you/them/us (= all of you, them, or us )

Shut up, the lot of you!

What do you take me for? (= what sort of person do you think I am? )

Of course I won’t tell anyone! What do you take me for?

whatever/anything you want

Now he can do whatever he wants.

when you consider that

It’s not surprising when you consider that he only arrived six months ago.

whenever you want

Joanna is happy for him to see his son whenever he wants.

wherever you want

You can park wherever you want.

who/what/why etc do you suppose ... ?

Who on earth do you suppose could have done this?

How do you suppose he got here?

you can see sth in sb’s face (= you know what someone is feeling from the expression on their face )

She could see the despair in his face.

you can’t go wrong (= you cannot make a mistake )

Turn right and then right again--you really can’t go wrong.

You can’t miss it (= it is very easy to notice or recognize )

It’s a huge hotel on the corner. You can’t miss it .

You don’t miss much (= you are good at noticing things )

You don’t miss much , do you ?

you don’t/can’t fool me

You can’t fool me with that old excuse.

you have my sympathy (= used when saying that you feel sorry for someone )

It must be difficult – you have my sympathy.

you never know (= used when you cannot be sure about something, but something good might happen )

I doubt I’ll win, but you never know .

You see (= used when you are explaining something )

You see , the thing is, I’m really busy right now .

you should have seen sb’s face (= used to say that someone was very angry, surprised etc )

You should have seen his face when I told him that I was resigning.


(I'm) much obliged (to you)

Madam Deputy Speaker: I am much obliged to the hon. Gentleman.

(I'm) pleased to meet you

A forty-year-old actor with great presence warmly shakes William's hand Male lead Pleased to meet you.

However, Mrs Singh was pleased to meet her and generally liked all the teachers and what she saw.

I am so pleased to meet you.

We would be very pleased to meet you and feel sure that we can offer you an interesting and worthwhile programme.

(I/you/he etc) can't complain

(and the) same to you!

"Have a happy New Year!" "Thanks - same to you."

(are you) satisfied?

I'm here now - are you satisfied ?

(do you) want to bet?/wanna bet?

(do) you hear?

(it's been) nice meeting/talking to you

(just) you wait

It'll be a huge success, just you wait .

(well,) what do you know?

(whether you) like it or not

You're going to the dentist, whether you like it or not.

(why) must you ...?

(you) go, girl!

(you) mark my words!

Mark my words, that relationship won't last.

(you) watch your mouth

I remember watching her mouth while she talked.

It went up 32 points Thursday, a day Newt watched his mouth .

She knew he had spoken, she had watched his mouth move.

We have to watch our mouths and let our kids know that bad words are unacceptable.

... and what have you

The shelves were crammed with books, documents, and what have you.

Do you have a problem with that?

"You're going to wear that dress?" "Do you have a problem with that?"

God help you/him etc

God help you/him etc

I am/he is/you are etc too!

I can tell you/I'm telling you

I can't tell you

"So is Maggie really pregnant?" "I can't tell you."

I can't tell you how grateful I am for your help.

I couldn't tell you

"Is it going to rain tomorrow?" "I couldn't tell you."

I don't blame you/you can hardly blame him etc

I don't envy you/her etc

I don't know about you, but ...

I don't know how to thank you/repay you

I don't mind admitting/telling you/saying etc

I give you the chairman/prime minister/groom etc

I hate to say it, but .../I hate to tell you this, but ...

I kid you not

I manage to earwig a conversation between, and I kid you not, two members of Napalm Death.

It really was scary - I kid you not.

Of jaundiced varnish, wood-smoke, grease, candle-wax, cigarette smoke and fly-shit. I kid you not.

I know (just/exactly) how you feel

I have a sudden urge to touch her, to hold her, to tell her I know how she feels .

I knew how he felt about me -- a short blind boy who hated leather basketballs.

I know how he feels about me!

I know how you feel about it ... You would rather wait - wait till we're married.

I know how you feel , Doyle thought.

I know how you feel , they're all or nothing.

You ran a decent campaign, John, and I know how it feels to lose.

I promise you

And I promise you something: I won't let the house get into a hovel.

But I promise I won't be bad to you again.

It takes more than a few days but it goes again, just about. I promise you that.

It will only turn her to stone, I promise you.

There will, I promise you, be a final exam.

We will find that ship, I promise you.

When we parted I promised I'd write about them.

You shall not be the losers by it, I promise you.

I told you so

I could never work with a man like that and I told him so.

I didn't like his mood. I told her so, but she just laughed.

I was not disappointed. I told myself so, firmly, several times.

I wouldn't have blamed him if he'd walked away and I told him so.

There; I told you so.

To sum up: I told you so.

True it is that Ewan Beg thought he had killed his dallta - for I told him so.

What matters is that we lived like writers, and that I told them so.

I would be grateful if you could/would ...

I would be grateful if you could tell me anything about the guitar.

I would be grateful if you could tell me where I can get hold of such posters.

I would be grateful if you would examine Exhibit A. Do you recognise it?

If you will be attending the site visit, I would be grateful if you could complete the tear-off slip below.

This will take place at the above address on and I would be grateful if you could attend at.

I'd like to see you/him do sth

But I 'd like to see you again, when we can make time.

I 'd like to see him again.

I 'd like to see you give our boys a run for their money.

I'll be right with you/right there/right back

I'll give you that

It's nice - I'll give you that - but I still wouldn't want to live there.

I 'll give you that much, you did.

It's quite a place, I 'll give it that.

Okay, I 'll give you that as well.

They were not incompetents, I 'll give them that.

Well, it's been your century, you guys, I 'll give you that.

I'll have you know

I'll have you know I speak six languages.

I've never taken the easy way out, I 'll have you know.

I 'll have you know this is the very latest design.

I'll tell you something/one thing/another thing

Let me tell you something - if I catch you kids smoking, you'll be grounded for a whole year at least.

I'll thank you to do sth

I'll thank you to mind your own business.

I'll warrant (you)

I'm not telling (you)

I'm talking to you!

Hey! I'm talking to you! Look at me!

I'm/we're/you're talking (about) sth

I've got news for you

I/I'll tell you what

I tell you what, I'll make you dinner if you drive me to the store.

I/we won't eat you

I/you can count sb/sth on (the fingers of) one hand

I/you can't/couldn't ask for a better sth

I/you might as well be hanged for a sheep as (for) a lamb

I/you should be so lucky!

Sleep past 6 a.m.? I should be so lucky !

What are you drinking?

after you

But after all, what would his friends have said?

Even college students, after all, eventually go to work.

He will read some of the headlines aloud and discuss them after they have gone over the exercises.

It was fun to use, after all.

It was, after all, 1906, a time of growing, not diminishing, racial separation everywhere else.

Plant them as soon as possible after you buy them.

Ryker vaulted the barrier and ran after them, slipping one hand into his jacket, touching the hilt of the knife.

after you with sth

Dan Ashton had chased after him with it.

Dear heaven, Laura thought, trotting after him with her string bag and her blanket.

For instance, the animal is coming after you with the idea of tearing your head off.

He had taken long strides and I had trotted after him with my tiny steps.

He would chase after them with me in hot pursuit, so he had to go back.

I heard my men going after him with their guns - and then everything went black.

I looked back and saw them coming after me with the broom.

One of my defensemen went after it with an attacking forward.

and don't you forget it!

any ... you care to name/mention

any way you slice it

It's the truth, any way you slice it.

anything you say

But she won't do anything I say.

If you are a teacher I do not ask you to believe or take on trust anything I say.

It was so cold that anything you said had frozen up before leaving your mouth.

She did not seem surprised by anything I said.

The whole audience became like one and anything somebody say is like you say it.

There's something baldly there about him which inclines me, like Kevin, to distrust anything he says.

They don't expect to understand anything he says.

Why should anything we say have any validity?

anything/whatever you say

"I want fifty copies of this by 3:00." "Anything you say , Mrs. DeVere."

Both Dames Elizabeth and Martha were deaf, so whatever you said or how you said it would not cause any alarm.

But children know that parents are anxious whatever they say .

Her one, clear thought was that, whatever he said , she would not be convinced by him.

I know that I had no intention of stopping the procedure, whatever anyone said or did to influence me.

If you are a teacher I do not ask you to believe or take on trust anything I say .

She opened her mouth and then closed it again, because, whatever she said , he would have a patient answer.

There's something baldly there about him which inclines me, like Kevin, to distrust anything he says .

Zsa Zsa was enchanting - whatever I said to her, she'd just giggle and become even more indiscreet.

are you for real?

aren't you forgetting ...?/haven't you forgotten ...?

argue/talk etc till you're blue in the face

as best you can

I'll deal with the problem as best I can.

I cleaned the car up as best I could, but it still looked a mess.

We'll have to manage as best we can without you.

And her reaction to her illness was, as best I can glean, fraught with fear, discouragement, and depression.

I would therefore be grateful if you could refer back to the letter I wrote and respond as best you can.

It is therefore necessary to locate as best we can the final resting place or incidence of the major types of taxes.

Only a proportion of them are successful and the rest must struggle as best they can to obtain mates.

Our culture has no Obon ready-made, but we are filling in as best we can.

Then you gently and gradually work the new feather on, positioning it to match the original plumage as best you can.

We must also imagine our way into myth, as best we can, like actors in a play.

You just have to wait and catch your moment or piece things together as best you can.

as if/as though/like you own the place

as long as you like/as much as you like etc

as you do

be back where you started

If we lose tomorrow, we'll be back where we started .

And if you decide that they are not, then you are back where you started .

So my client and I are back where we started .

To a large extent we are back where we started .

be with you/me

Anywhere I was with you would be home to me.

At night his song is with me.

He was with me the night I met Jasper.

How compatible will you be with me and the other workers?

I'd wanted Doug to be with me, but he couldn't get the time off.

Our response should therefore be with you in early May.

That's how it was with me and I know it was true for many others.

The monster had promised to be with me on my wedding night, but he had not planned to kill me.

before you can say Jack Robinson

before you could blink

before you know it

Spring break will be here before you know it.

You'll be fully recovered before you know it.

You offer to iron his shirt and before you know it, he expects you to do all the housework.

He saves his money, before you know it he owns a car.

It happens before you know it.

It seemed a long way away but before we knew it we were paying the last of the deposits.

One thing kept leading to another, and before I knew it a small industry had been set in motion.

Take time with people, and you will see success in your business before you know it.

They claim that news is just around the corner, and that it will be on us before we know it.

believe (you) me

No, it's too far to walk, believe me.

And believe me, my wife does not enjoy reminding me twice.

But I could see from the look in his eyes that he did not believe me.

Conrad and Philippa don't believe me, not really.

No, no, believe me, the less she knows of my activities, the better.

Oh, please, you must believe me.

There is nothing to do now but wait, and believe me, midnight seems like a week away.

Those who did believe me offered no solace; only sympathy and empty platitudes.

You think they gon na believe me?

better the devil you know (than the devil you don't)

between you and me

Between you and me, I don't think she has a chance of getting that promotion.

Between you and me, I think Elizabeth is a bit of a nightmare.

But - between you and me - he's really past it.

But just between you and me and a few hundred miles, thoughts of ancient spirits still trail closely behind.

C'mon, secretly just between you and me the voice persisted in her head, it would be hard not to.

I wanted everything to start afresh between you and me.

In fact, between you and me, I think she's relieved.

Look, Miranda, he said, those twenty long years that lie between you and me.

This has to stay between you and me.

You know the difference between you and me, Sherman?

between you, me, and the gatepost

bite off more than you can chew

Many kids who leave home to live alone find they have bitten off more than they can chew.

bite the hand that feeds you

If I put my prices up, it's like biting the hand that feeds me - it's economic suicide.

It is hard to bite the hand that feeds you.

Somehow, without guidance and peer influence, cricketers are apt to bite the hand that feeds them.

They are not normally going to bite the hand that feeds them.

This appears to be a new version of biting the hand that feeds you.

bless you!

bold/calm/cool etc as you please

bollocks to you/that/it etc

bully for you/him etc

A: Then bully for you and bully for them, though I suspect you're lying.

can you beat that/it?

All I can remember of her as a baby is how much she loved butter. Can you beat that?

Agricultural machinery, can you beat that?

But can they beat it consistently?

Can you beat that man, Senna?

carry all/everything before you

For much of 1981 and early 1982 the Social Democrats seemed to carry all before them.

Hollywood had carried all before it but even the Hollywood product was fairly diversified.

Neath carried all before them in winning the inaugural Heineken League last season - or did they?

The conventional view, then as now, was that Lanfranc had carried all before him in asserting the rights of Canterbury.

catch you later

Okay, Randy, catch you later.

close/you're close/that's close

coming from him/her/you etc

As I couldn't work out where they were coming from I ignored them.

But all the intensity is coming from her.

But I never expected the reaction it got coming from me.

Coast Guard helicopters flying over the barge noticed an oil sheen coming from it, DeVillars said.

Maybe these intimate stories, coming from some one she hardly knew, had overwhelmed her.

That coming from him who would go sick with a bad back whenever a job tired him.

That was rich coming from him!

The little girl coming from her direction offers the other, much thinner one, a bowl filled with bread and fruit.

could/can you possibly

But what else could she possibly hope to see? she wondered miserably.

But what on earth can he possibly have been trying to prove?

How can they possibly control such success?

How could she possibly know, since he had not set eyes on the girl?

What can I possibly say now?

What conversation could we possibly have had there, then?

What could she possibly tell him, that he would want to hear?

cross that bridge when you come to it

"What if they refuse?" "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it."

damn it/you etc!

damned if you do, damned if you don't

do you have to do sth?

How much do I have to tell you?

No longer do we have to choose between the living or the mechanical because that distinction is no longer meaningful.

The first is: do we have to change the law?

What do they have to sell?

What do you have to pay for a pair of men's shoes, for example?

What, do you have to socialize the director to though.

Why do they have to have arms?

do you mind!

Do you mind ! I just washed that floor!

do you read me?

I do not want this to happen again! Do you read me?

do you suppose (that) ... ?

do you take sugar/milk?

do you think (that) ...?

do you understand?

I am very pushed for money, Alice - do you understand that?

I loved him, do you understand ?

I owe nothing to anybody, not gratitude or anything else, do you understand me?

Oliver I have to be near her, do you understand ?

Question, do you understand what it means to terminate the employment at will?

What do they understand of the temples themselves rising nearby?

What do you understand of my situation or my mind?

You are mine, do you understand ? mine.

don't (you) start!

don't you believe it!

don't you dare!

Don't you dare hang up on me again!

flattery will get you everywhere/nowhere

for all you are/he is etc worth

fuck you/it/them etc

gather sb to you/gather sb up

give as good as you get

At 87, Juran is still able to give as good as he gets.

Don't you worry about Tim. He may be small but he gives as good as he gets!

It was a tough interview, but I thought the President gave as good as he got.

The youngest of three sons, Dave can give as good as he gets.

give you the shivers

Just thinking about flying in an airplane gives me the shivers .

Rail privatisation gives them the shivers .

go along with you!

guess what/you'll never guess who/what etc

hark at him/her/you!

have (got) sb with you

Additionally, many students have brought with them to school the chaos that surrounds their life outside school.

And then, suddenly, she sees Dieter going off on his own, and decides to have it out with him.

She'd have a natter with him if he were, something she often did on her half-days.

To have played with them then, and still to be in contact, is a great privilege and pleasure.

We would have to deal with it then.

What he would have done with it had not other events intruded is problematical.

Workers have tinkered with it for nearly 18 months to no avail.

You could have come with me as my husband.

have a lot going for you

With her brains and good looks, she certainly has a lot going for her.

Human travel agents, paper guidebooks and newspaper ads still have a lot going for them.

have everything going for you

Barry had everything going for him -- charm, looks, intelligence, but still he was unemployed.

Dan seemed to have everything going for him in college.

She was bright and pretty and had everything going for her.

It seems to have everything going for it.

The events have everything going for them.

have sth coming (to you)

Both Microsoft and Apple have big updates coming this year, and you can expect a proportionate dose of hype.

He added that to be accurate, the aircraft would have to risk coming under fire.

If you have children, you may have experienced them coming home from school and immediately throwing a tantrum in front of you.

People have been coming in and milling around to see if we actually have it.

Walter: I have people coming up to me all the time and people are friendly, I like that.

We have a guest coming , tomorrow evening.

We have recruits coming in all the time.

have you got a minute?

have you heard the one about ...

have your work cut out (for you)

Election monitors will have their work cut out.

So you have your work cut out for you.

The home team has not beaten the Scarlets for some dozen matches and should still have their work cut out to win.

They have their work cut out adapting themselves to it, and it to themselves.

They have their work cut out for them.

We have our work cut out for us.

Whoever takes on the trout farm will have their work cut out.

here you are/here you go

how (are) you doing?

Hiya George how are you doing ?

How are you doing on those?

How you doing , Mr West?

William Yes-hey, how you doing ?

how about that!/how do you like that!

how are you fixed for sth?

Hey Mark, how are you fixed for cash?

how are you keeping?

how dare you

How dare you make fun of me like that!

Because you sacked Jim, how dare you do it?

But now it's: how dare anyone step on what I have vacuumed?

Finally, Neville Marten, how dare you dismiss the guitar as a mere machine?

First, how dare she assume that our main goal is to walk, without consulting us in the first place.

Mr Lang, how dare you, sir!

So how dare anyone criticise a true champion who has proved herself over and over again.

Stuff for kissing and cooing over, side by side, here, in my house, how dare you?

With intense anger, I repeat, how dare she cast a slur on my character?

how do you do?

But how do you do that?

But assuming for the moment that we can do better than fight over the trough, how do we do it?

It sounds pretty powerful stuff, but how do you do it?

So how do they do it?

What do trees do, and how do they do it?

What I want to know is how do they do it?

how do you mean?

Straight? How do you mean, straight?

And now, how do you mean translated?

how do/can you expect ...?

how does sth grab you?

How does going to Hawaii for Christmas grab you?

how would you like sth?

How would you like a big plate of pancakes?

If you were to have a new one delivered tomorrow, how would you like to learn how it works?

Now, how would you like to eat tonight?

Well, how would you like to take a case that lasts for at least four months?

how you like/want

First decide how you want to set up your directories.

Is this how we want to spend our dotage?

It's how we like to see ourselves.

Live your life how you want.

Oh, how I wanted to win!

Oh, how she wanted him to.

Remember how he wanted us to think he was a good guy at heart?

You try reading this with only one eye and see how you like it.

if I were you

If I were you, I'd sell that car.

Here's your money -- if I were you I'd put it in the bank right now.

I wouldn't do that if I were you.

But if I were you I'd give him his wife back and find yourself some one more suitable.

But I shouldn't bother if I were you.

But I wouldn't put any money on it, if I were you.

I would go, if I were you.

I would not impose thusly on a stepson if I were you.

Meanwhile, I'd get ready for a little visit from the police if I were you.

Shit, she said, I would have liked some one doing that if I were him.

Well if I were you I'd get in touch with me if anything turned up.

if you ask me

All this stuff about poisons in the water supply is a load of hogwash, if you ask me.

He's just plain crazy if you ask me.

If you ask me, getting rid of the death tax is the best thing they could do.

But the policeman wouldn't even have noticed, if you ask me.

Good for him, if you ask me.

Hanging around the house with a parson has saved the day, if you ask me.

He's too keen, if you ask me.

I give him my input if he asks me.

Looks as if it should have been done hours ago, if you ask me.

The bloke who made up those tests was the real loony if you ask me.

There's more dies than lives in these alleys, if you ask me.

if you believe that, you'll believe anything

if you can't beat 'em, join 'em

if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

if you don't mind

I'm going to close the window, if you don't mind .

if you don't mind my saying so/if you don't mind me asking

if you insist

"Let's invite them over for dinner." "OK, if you insist ."

And if I insisted he came with me, he'd likely cause trouble, just as he said.

Call it adultery if you insist .

He thought it would probably confuse them if he insisted on their moving on.

However, if they insist on collecting the fee, dump them.

However, if you insist on sawing the post in place, brace it firmly.

Probably not, if one insists absolutely on the principle of non-repetition.

This only comes as a shock if we insist on seeing Theo in terms of sainthood.

if you know what's good for you

If you know what's good for you, you'll do what I tell you.

You'll just keep your mouth shut about this if you know what's good for you!

if you know what's good for you

if you like

And here, keep my purse if you like , till I come back.

Here in Naples you've got a balance, if you like .

I asked if she liked living in this country.

She smiled like she meant it, as if she liked everything around her.

That's if he likes you.

Viscount Muckraker, if you like - but you?

We could get it over with right now if you like .

You and Ugo can go now if you like , Anna.

if you must (do sth)

"Who was that girl?" "Well, if you must know, her name is Mabel."

If you must travel at night in dangerous areas, turn on the interior light in your car.

But I was extremely jealous of him, if you must know.

But if you must know, Mrs. Jewkes was present.

But if you must ...

It's better not to use a flannel, but if you must , keep a separate one. 6.

Look, if you must know!

These people here have so little conception of our world that sometimes I feel myself as if I must have dreamed it.

Very well, she'd tell them, leave if you must , but I want no abuse, is that clear?

What good was freedom if he must give up his home to win it?

if you must know

April 14, if you must know.

But I was extremely jealous of him, if you must know.

But if you must know, Mrs. Jewkes was present.

I had a bad dose of influenza, if you must know.

It's my sister Rose's birthday on Sunday, if you must know.

More than enough, if you must know.

if you please

Spell it for me, if you please .

Bring me a bottle, if you please .

Doctor Illingworth, to you, sir, if you please !

Mr Justice Blackstone, if you please .

Nor friends to vipers, if you please .

The reader may watch it if he pleases , it exists for itself, not for him.

They are being forced - by politicians, if you please , as if politics were something serious like money - to compete.

Three meters, if you please !

We were in the White House, if you please , and he wanted us to leave the room.

if you think ..., you've got another think coming!

If they think it's going to be an easy game, they've got another think coming!

if you want

He could make it warmer if he wanted to.

If I wanted to survive, I had no choice.

If you want anything, ring.

If you want to be kind, the character can find himself manacled to the wall in one of the empty cells.

If you want to have a life together, fine.

If you want to hear it, you have to drive it.

If you wanted some, that wasn't the avenue to go down.

Let me tell you where to hold these classes if you want it to work out.

if you'll pardon the expression

It's time that guy got off his ass, if you'll pardon the expression.

if you've got it, flaunt it

if/when (you're) in doubt

Always be ready to release during the take-off run and if in doubt , abandon the take-off.

But if in doubt , ask!

In other words, if in doubt , don't take a chance.

The first is a good motto: when in doubt , take them out.

The soldier's motto, Price had told the men: when in doubt go forward.

When in doubt or when scared or when pressed, count.

When in doubt , you take.

it will cost you

If you give credit two things will happen: it will cost you money and give you problems.

The more successful we are at extending longevity, the more it will cost us.

it's/that's easy for you to say

know what you are talking about

Look, I know what I'm talking about because I was there when it happened.

Pilger knows what he is talking about, having spent several years as a reporter in Vietnam.

Rolim seemed to know what he was talking about, but his theories raised some questions for me.

Wayne, you don't know what the hell you're talking about.

And those who hint that this approach increases the guilt of the patient simply do not know what they are talking about.

But the debate will be between two insiders who know what they are talking about.

But we ensure we first know what we are talking about.

Engineers should only offer an opinion if they know what they are talking about.

They are not the only people who know what they are talking about when it comes to children and education.

They have demonstrated publicly, through close scrutiny by their peers, that they know what they are talking about.

know where you stand (with sb)

But Catholic bishops have let both parties know where they stand .

Do you know where you stand ?

I am only ensuring we both know where we stand .

Imagine a man in public office that everybody knew where he stood .

My father died, I didn't know where I stood on the team, we lost a lot of games.

She knew where he stood over Grunte.

Well, now she knew where she stood .

You knew where you stood with the Cold War.

let me remind you/may I remind you (that)

look as if you've been dragged through a hedge backwards

look before you leap

Proceed with caution and, at the risk of sounding like a tabloid astrologer, look before you leap.

Whatever you decide, it pays to look before you leap.

look what you're doing/look where you're going etc

look what you've done!

Now look what you've done! You'll have to clean it up.

lucky you/me etc

Here in the Adirondacks, if you were lucky you might have found an orange in your Christmas stocking.

How lucky you were, I think.

If you lucky you can do alright.

If you are lucky you might get a codex thrown in for a good measure for telecomms application.

It was lucky you were together when you found the bodies.

You don't know how lucky you are in that respect.

make me/you sick

He's so cute it makes me sick .

It's enough to make you sick , the way they treat old people.

Another helping will make you sick .

But it made me sick and dizzy, so I didn't take it.

Finally, the very thought of one more sweet and sticky mouthful would make him sick .

He said riding in the ambulance made him sick .

I was too young to exercise my intellectual force to demolish prejudices that made me sick .

It made you sick to your stomach.

It was the suspense that was making me sick .

The shocking stills above are from the 1992 film and show the Ally McBeal star making herself sick after a binge.

make you (want to) puke

It made me want to puke .

It makes me want to puke , except I did enough of that last Saturday night!

It makes you want to puke .

Orange juice is acidic, that made me puke .

The stuff was either rubbish, or twee, or so boring it made you want to puke .

mark you

He'd marked her as he left, wanting to feel her fear.

He smooths the circle to the exact depth required and marks it with a big cross.

His own wife, mark you!

Salinger said the radar shows four successive stages of a blip moving toward the mark that represented Flight 800.

Students will float to the mark you set.

There are two childhood memories that particularly marked her.

Though he was fully capable of relaxation, what marked him most was a restless irritability.

may I trouble you?/sorry to trouble you

me and my big mouth/you and your big mouth etc

mind how you go

mind you

It wasn't excellent, mind you, but it was a definite improvement.

Alice Caldwell obviously had not clarified in her own mind what she wanted her memo to accomplish.

All-natural, healthy pills, mind you.

But in my own mind I could like verbalize it either way.

I think that in your mind you should not be second to anyone.

In his mind he ran over his plan.

Not what words did Madison and Hamilton use, but what was it in their minds which they conveyed?

With one part of her bemused and disorientated mind she knew that she must call a halt - right now!

mind you do sth

A simple majority, mind you!

In his mind he ran over his plan.

In its mind it was convinced that the vet had returned to hurt it again.

In my mind I heard the phone ringing.

In our minds we may recreate a vanished dignity and grace.

Never mind it was a wonderful evening.

Not when you have them in your home, mind you.

The ducks don't seem to mind it, cos there's quite a few swimming about now.

more fool you/him etc

more sth than you've had hot dinners

never you mind

nice to meet you

Anna and William stand and shake hands formally Well, it was nice to meet you.

But... it's very nice to meet you.

It was nice to meet you.

nice work if you can get it

no kidding?/are you kidding?/you're kidding

no, thank you

"Would you like some more coffee?'' "No, thank you, I'm fine.''

not be as black as you are painted

not know what hit you

not know whether you are coming or going

Andre's so in love he doesn't know whether he's coming or going.

now you tell me!

now you're talking

now you're talking

play tricks (on you)

He had always played tricks on her.

He knew, too, that his head had been aching and that his mind was capable of playing tricks upon him.

Her brain had to be playing tricks on her.

It allowed me to detect instances when time played tricks on the memory of some of the respondents.

Jack felt edgy but convinced himself that his nerves were playing tricks on him.

Somewhat perturbed, Ted flung the door open still believing that the platelayers were playing tricks on him.

They delight in playing tricks on mortals, though they will cease to give trouble if politely requested to do so.

Yes, fate was playing tricks on me.

practise what you preach

And Scott the rapier-slim rapper backs up this message by practising what he preaches.

Both Johnson and Lady Macleod found the book wanting, her objection being that the author did not practise what he preached.

I just wanted to see if he practised what he preached.

In most areas of life, he tries to practise what he preaches.

It is a good thing he practises what he preaches.

It is also important to practise what you preach.

The paper would practise what it preached.

The tight control on public sector pay is crucial and underlines the fact that the Government intends to practise what it preaches.

rather you/him/her/them than me

right you are

A: How right you are.

Every day couples meet who are amazed at how right they are for each other - proof that Dateline works!

How right you are, very clever, very ... disputatious.

Yes, well, how right you are.

run away with you

I can't let my emotions run away with me.

All right, my tongue ran away with me.

But this time I really think his imagination has run away with him.

He had let his imagination run away with him.

His tongue and his ideas for altering performances often ran away with him.

Newport looked poised to run away with it, but Bridgend refused to cave in.

She had obviously enticed Patrick to run away with her - were they sleeping together, she wondered briefly?

run before you can walk

I think too that she wants to run before she can walk.

Just don't try to run before you can walk.

Try to be honest with your use of the table and don't attempt to run before you can walk.

say what you like

Clearly western painters said what they liked, how they liked.

From now on he could do and say what he liked - they wouldn't raise a squeak.

He could say what he liked, but she was now controlling the agenda.

I can say what I like.

If she just vanishes, Elizabeth Roisin can say what she likes, but there's nothing she can do!

There must, he said , be a place where people are free to say what they like.

We can do what we like and say what we like to whomever we like, without restriction.

While manufacturers say what they like about themselves through advertising, favourable public opinion for their products or services is earned.

sb will murder you

sb won't thank you (for doing sth)

screw you/him etc

They screwed him at least once and he knows it.

see you

"We'll be back early next week." "Okay. See you then."

See you, Darren.

Bye, Dad. I'll see you later.

I'll see you at two-thirty at the mall.

Safe trip back guys and we'll see you soon.

You're still coming to the party tonight, aren't you? Good. See you later then.

see you around

"Have a good trip." "OK, see you around."

I had seen him around, frequently.

I never actually met her, but I've seen her around, and I heard a lot about her.

It's good to see you around again.

One can imagine a Soviet general fuming to see it around her neck.

She had seen them around the hotel for the last five days.

The scholar sees all around the issue, not the kind of preparation for political action or most power strategies.

There was Charlie and Polly at the boardinghouse and he had seen me around the city with-the girls at work.

Why not the women I saw all around me, working from before dawn to dark?

shame on you/him/them etc

And if you haven't heard of Gus then shame on you!

Fool me once, shame on you, the saying goes.

If you fail to negotiate, shame on you.

some friend you are/some help she was etc

sorry to bother you

Art, it's Lisa again - sorry to keep bothering you.

I am sorry to bother you with this news but I think it is for the best.

take a lot out of you/take it out of you

that'll teach you (to do sth)

that's life/men/politics etc (for you)

that's rich (coming from him/you etc)

that's what you/they etc think!

that's/there's sb/sth for you!

the hair of the dog (that bit you)

the pair of you/them

A pail of ice-cold water over the pair of them would have been the best idea.

He wades in among the pair of them, grabs their studded leather collars and starts yanking them away.

I know you were kicking up a dust last night, the pair of you.

I remember when I found out Mandy was sleeping with that geek Kevin, I felt like throttling the pair of them.

See you, you've made me right angry, the pair of you!

The last time I had filled the pair of them was exactly two weeks ago, when the students left.

There were milk and buns laid out inside for the pair of them.

They lay in each other's arms, as if what they had done together had broken the pair of them.

there it is/there you are/there you go

there you are/there you go

there you go/she goes etc (again)

there's sth for you

think (that) the world revolves around you

think that the world owes you a living

think the world owes you a living

think you're it

You think you're it don't you? Well you're not!

to be honest (with you)

But some kind of late-blooming compulsion to be honest is making it harder for me to stay under cover.

I had to be honest with them.

Most of the time he was really uptight, and to be honest , looking back, we weren't truly professional.

She horrifies me, to be honest .

This would take some courage but something inside her was urging her to be honest .

To be honest I think he has an over-active gland, always trying to inveigle his way into my bed.

To be honest , Cowher would have been just as happy to still be playing then.

To be honest , it was relatively painless.

to tell (you) the truth

I'm not sure how he did it, to tell you the truth.

To tell you the truth, I can't stand Sandy's cooking.

A bit like Mrs Riley, to tell the truth.

But to tell the truth, for a long time I've been slightly lost as a dealer.

Did people not trust me to tell the truth?

He bathed a lot and never smelled even alive, to tell the truth.

I don't know a great deal about flowers, to tell the truth.

They must learn how to tell the truth and listen.

We had a pretty good time I suppose, but to tell the truth I didn't feel like a party much.

You want us to tell the truth?

to tell (you) the truth

A bit like Mrs Riley, to tell the truth .

But to tell the truth , for a long time I've been slightly lost as a dealer.

Did people not trust me to tell the truth ?

He bathed a lot and never smelled even alive, to tell the truth .

I don't know a great deal about flowers, to tell the truth .

They must learn how to tell the truth and listen.

We had a pretty good time I suppose, but to tell the truth I didn't feel like a party much.

You want us to tell the truth ?

trust you/him/them etc (to do sth)!

until/till you drop

Arlen Specter until he dropped out of the Republican race.

It harasses other gulls until they drop their hard-won food and then swoops down to catch it - often in mid-air.

Or they can board one of the famous San Francisco trams to shop till they drop at Ghiradelli Square.

Putting his hand on my head, he looked at his sheep until they dropped their eyes.

She only wanted him to go on dancing till he dropped .

They work until they drop , twenty, thirty hours at a time.

Try having your last meal no later than 5 p. m. Working till I drop will help me sleep.

You shop until you drop and then what?

we're/you're talking £500/three days etc

what are you like!

what are you talking about?

What are you talking about? - Ron has lots of money.

And I was like, I was just like, what are you talking about?

And, anyway, what are you talking about, the rich man in his castle?

what are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for? Ask her out on a date.

And with actual tickets for the event up for grabs, what are you waiting for?

So what are you waiting for.

what can I do you for?

Good morning, Mitch! What can I do you for today?

what can/do you expect?

Nothing spectacular but what do you expect from beginners?!!!

Sad about the Derwent but what can we expect ?

Sure, what do you expect for that kind of money?

What can we expect in the future?

What can you expect from those young people in the small towns.

What do you expect from an also-ran business publication like Fortune?

what do you mean ...?

what do you say?

How about going to Europe this summer? What do you say ?

And what do we say of the present day psychiatrist how mad, how mad?.

Come on, what do ya say ?

I am like well what did she say ?

Now what do you say to a goofy question like that?

Question, what did he say to your statements?

Well, brother, what do you say to a girl not seen or heard from for five years.

Well, hey; what do you say to us taking the card game someplace else?

what do you want?

What do you want now? I'm busy.

By the way, what do you want for your birthday?

I can't pretend to be, and you know it, so what do you want ?

I was like, okay, what do you want to bet?

Now what do you want me to do?

So we have to ask ourselves, what do these machines really want to do, what do they want to wear?

what have you got to say for yourself?

what's biting you/her etc?

what's it to you?

what's it worth (to you)?

whatever you do

Whatever you do, don't tell Judy that I spent so much money.

But Tess, in answer to your question, whatever you do, don't tell your future husband anything about your past experience.

But, whatever they do, says Quinn, they do not determine strategies.

Gallagher understood that, whatever he did, he would violate his principles.

I just go to a movie and come home, so whatever they do, they should stick to it.

I tried, also, to accompany and chronicle whatever we did together with talk.

Lawyers must be prepared to undergo scrutiny and be held accountable for whatever they do.

The twenty fifth anniversary may be special but for some fans whatever they do the band just can't go wrong.

This is the result of my experience and your money and a touch of genius that follows me whatever I do.

whatever you say/think/want

And she always did whatever she wanted, which was mostly enjoy herself and ignore her homework.

Dare they call her bluff and just let her get on with whatever she thought she could do to inconvenience them?

Eurydice said her daughter could do whatever she wanted to do.

I eat whatever I want and run three miles a day.

I know that I had no intention of stopping the procedure, whatever anyone said or did to influence me.

In my stupidity-or whatever you want to call it-I tried to move around to his left.

The hon. Gentleman can make whatever he wants of it, but it will still not save his seat.

You think you should get whatever you want right away.

whatever/wherever/anything etc you like

Down the golden road, London and the world, life, whatever you like .

I said they can call themselves anything they like , and I would still not engage one.

I wished I could go back to the other way, when we could just do whatever we liked .

Once you're online, you can use whatever you like .

That is to say put anything you like on them, but don t be surprised if some one else reads them.

They can do whatever they like provided that it is what the Treasury has already agreed.

We can ask him whatever we like .

when the mood takes you

when/as the spirit moves you

where do you draw the line?

Once you open the door to things that are not related to the Holocaust, where do you draw the line?

That obviously does not extend to the levels of awareness which human consciousness exhibits, but where do you draw the line?

Where do you draw the line?

while I'm/you're etc at it

while I'm/you're etc at/about it

while you're about it

Er, he said, while we 're about it, you couldn't lend me your bass as well, could you?

who/what etc do you think?

But what do you think my parents would think if I were to become involved with you?

Cleaving to the bosom of my grieving family? What do you think they're doing?

If I have a son, I think I shall send him. What do you think?

Lady: What do you think is the most important aspect of herself a woman should preserve as she grows older?

Let's see how you rate in that area. What do you think we go in for, here in Perugia?

Q: Speaking of which, what do you think of Frank Gifford?

What do you think of your manager? What do you think of our personnel policies and how they're working?

would you be good enough to do sth?

Would you be good enough to get my glasses for me?

Would you be good enough to re-advise me of your full address so that I can send the documents to you?

would you be good/kind enough to do sth?

would you be kind enough to do sth/be so kind as to do sth

would you believe it!

Would you believe it, she actually remembered my birthday!

would you care for sth?

Would you care for a drink?

How well would he care for them?

would you care to do sth?

Would you care to comment on that, Senator?

would/do you mind ...?

wouldn't you know (it)

"He showed up late again." "Wouldn't you know it."

wouldn't you say?

you (can) bet your life/your bottom dollar

you are what you eat

you are/he is a one

you bet!

you can say that again!

you can tell him from me

you can't be too careful

You can't be too careful where computer viruses are concerned.

you can't go wrong (with sth)

You can't go wrong with a dark gray suit.

you can't have it both ways

It's either me or her. You can't have it both ways !

you can't hear yourself think

you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs

you can't mistake sb/sth

Their lies are so obvious, you can't mistake them.

you can't say fairer than that

you can't teach an old dog new tricks

you can't win

you can't win them all

you can/can't imagine sth

you could cut the atmosphere with a knife

you could cut the atmosphere/air/tension with a knife

you could have fooled me

"Look, we're doing our best to fix it." "Well, you could have fooled me."

you could hear a pin drop

After he finished telling the story you could have heard a pin drop.

It was so quiet in the hall you could hear a pin drop.

You could hear a pin drop in the auditorium during Norvell's speech.

you could hear a pin drop

you da man!

you don't know

You don't know how long I've waited to hear you say that!

you don't know when you're well-off

you don't say!

"I think Bob and Susan are having an affair." "You don't say ! That's been common knowledge for months."

you get sth

you had me worried

You really had me worried - I thought you didn't like the present.

you have me there

you have no idea (how/what etc)

you have to hand it to sb

You have to hand it to her. She's really made a success of that company.

you have to laugh

you haven't lived (if/until ...)

you know

Bob looks exactly like him, you know ? Could be his son.

So I, you know , spent some time cleaning up afterward.

We saw Nick, you know , Melissa's husband, downtown.

You know what I was going to do? Go over and see Barbara.

you know who/what

you know/do you know

you live and learn

you name it (they've got it)!

you need only do sth/all you need do is ...

you never can tell/you can never tell

you never know

you only have to read/look at/listen to etc sth

you reap what you sow

you said it!

"Does that mean Sherri lied about where she went?" "You said it."

"The second part of the race was super easy." "You said it."

you saved my life

Thanks for the ride - you really saved my life.

you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours

you should have seen/heard sth

you watch

you what?

"I got the job!" "You what ?"

And began to tell me what a piece of shit that was.

Does it tell you what you want to know?

Mrs Blakey kept on asking them what they'd done that day.

Nobody asked her what was in the wicker basket she had put under the seat.

Obviously, in a free economy city planners can not tell anyone what to build-only what not to build.

Perry came off the court and the reporters asked him what the hell happened.

The split also will free the other businesses to expand at a quicker pace, giving them what Dun&.

You must tell me what you want to take.

you will be delighted/pleased etc to know (that)

you win

OK, you win - we'll go to the movies.

you wish!

"I'm going to be a millionaire one day." "You wish !"

you won't catch me doing sth

You won't catch me ironing his shirts!

you would be well-advised to do sth

you would be well/ill advised to do sth

you would have thought (that)

you'd better believe it!

"Do they make money on them?" "You'd better believe it!"

you'll be sorry

You'll be sorry when your dad hears about this.

you'll catch your death (of cold)

Don't go out without a coat! You'll catch your death of cold!

you'll only

you'll thank me

You'll thank me for this one day, Laura.

you'll/you'd be lucky!

you're a star!/what a star!

you're joking/you must be joking

you're not wrong

you're on

you're putting me on!

Seth is moving to Alaska? You're putting me on!

you're telling me

"Wow, it's really hard working outside all day." "You're telling me!"

you're welcome!

you've got me (there)

you've made your bed and you must lie on it

you/he etc alone

And he alone guarantees their keeping.

Do not place the blame anywhere but on yourself, because you alone have chosen that path.

Furthermore, Ishmael is alive because he alone did not assign specific meanings to events.

His control in these cases is such that he alone decides whether or not to sample, whether or not to demand remedial action.

It may not be necessary to back up your words with actions - he or she may leave you alone after that.

Obviously seriously wounded, he had keyed the set so he and he alone could speak, and it was not coherent.

Usu-ally the people leave you alone after that.

What you tell the fuzz to get them to leave you alone ?

your courage/will/nerve fails (you)

your tongue runs away with you


You boys had better be home by 11:00.

You have to be careful with people you don't know.

You jerk!

Did Rob give the money to you ?

Hey, you in the blue shirt!

I can take all of you in my car.

I told you this would happen.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.