Catch Word #238 – I let it slip through my fingers

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In this week’s Catch Word episode, Andrew and Jeremy explain three everyday expressions using the word slip: slip up, to slip [one’s] mind, and to slip through [one’s] fingers.

If you don’t know what Catch Word is, well, let me explain. It is the series where we teach you interesting English vocabulary that is very useful for your everyday life when you are speaking English or especially when you are listening to English. So in Catch Word, we focus on idioms, phrasal verbs, or expressions that are just a little bit difficult. They’re on the difficult side.

Our first expression for today is a phrasal verb, to slip up, to slip up. Now since our episode is related to this word slip, it’s at the centre of each of the expressions that we’ll check out, maybe we should talk about the core meaning of slip. Our second expression for this episode is to slip someone’s mind or that slipped my mind

We also look at another expression, which is to slip through someone’s fingers. Usually we use this expression when we’re talking about opportunities, and especially when we miss out or we lose an opportunity.

Fun facts

There are an estimated 60 different phrases that use the word slip. From slip of the tongue (when you accidentally say something you don’t mean) to slipping one over on someone (when you deceive someone), each phrase has a unique meaning.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • Slip up
  • To know [something] all too well
  • Get this
  • To slip [one’s] mind
  • To slip through [one’s] fingers
  • Simple as that

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