Joanne is at school and she feels unwell, so she calls her mum….
Joanne: Hi Mum, I really don’t feel well today… I think I might be getting the flu…
Mum: Oh no! Why do you think that?
Joanne: Well, I’ve got a terrible headache and my throat is really sore too…
Mum: Does anything else hurt?
Joanne: Yes, mum, my back is really sore, and I feel awful!
Mum: Mm… your exam is today, isn’t it? Are you sure it’s not just exam nerves?
Joanne: No, I’m sure it’s not!
Mum: Well, come home if you feel really unwell. You’ll not be able to go the cinema tonight either!
Joanne: Oh, mum…
To come around
To become conscious again after an illness or an operation
One hour after the operation, she started to come around.
To shake something off
To get rid of an illness
I really hope I can shake this cold off before the weekend.
To pass out
To become unconscious for a short period of time.
When the ball hit her on the head, she passed out.
To pick something up
To start to suffer from something
She picked up the cold when she was- on holiday.
To come down with something
To start to suffer symptoms of an illness.
I think I’m starting to come down with the flu.