Catch Word #86– Heads Up

This week we’re looking at expressions used for sharing information with people when you are trying to help them out. We talk about which expressions are casual, which are formal, and which can be used in different situations. All of the expressions are used often, so listen here and learn how to use them correctly.


Expressions included in the learning materialsheadup

  • To give someone a heads up or to get a heads up
  • Heads up!
  • Baseball expressions
  • Class
  • To give someone notice
  • To take a day off
  • To give someone notice
  • To cancel the hotel
  • To let someone know
  • To stay put

Sample transcript

Maura: Let’s get started.

Harp: OK. So our first expression today is to give someone a heads up.

Maura: Yes. To give someone a heads up. And you might also hear to get a heads

Harp: Yes. To give someone a heads up or to get a heads up.

Maura: Now, to give someone a heads up means that you inform them of
something or you warn them about something that will happen.

Harp: Yeah. The information is given before, so that the person can prepare for
what is about to happen.

Maura: Right. So if we say that I gave my friend a heads up about the test, it
means that I told her about the test, or I warned her about the test, before it
happened so that she could prepare and be ready for the test.

Harp: Exactly. And the possible origin for this expression comes from baseball.

Maura: Like so many American expressions.

Harp: Exactly. So, at a baseball game, when someone yells “heads up,” it’s
because a ball is coming towards you. So you put your head up to see the
ball coming so you can move out of the way and so it doesn’t hit you.

Maura: Right. So, if you think about it, when that person yells, “heads up,”
they’re giving you a warning that the ball is coming.

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