Zara and Nora are siblings who don’t get on very well. They are arguing with each other…
Zara: Nora, I’ve warned you a million times about taking my things! Why did you take my t-shirt without asking first?
Nora: I didn’t take it!
Zara: Yes, you did!
Nora: How can you be so sure? I’m fed up arguing with you all the time because you blame me for everything!
Zara: Well, I’m sure you took my t-shirt because it was in my drawer in the morning, and I’ve just found it on my bed with the smell of your perfume on it! You can’t fool me! I know you’ve worn it!
Nora: Zara, I have more important things to worry about than your t-shirt. I have a presentation at school tomorrow, and I need to finish my homework too. I’m not going to waste my time trying to convince you! Go and ask mum! And if your accusation turns out to be false, then you owe me a t-shirt!
Zara: Fine! I’ll ask mum now! And if you’ve worn it, then you owe me a t-shirt!
To let down someone
To make someone disappointed when you have not fulfilled a promise.
She promised that she would be there but she let me down.
To break down
1. To become very upset.
2. When something stops working
1. She broke down when she opened her results.
2. The lift broke down.
To bring somebody/something down
1. To make someone lose their powerful position.
2. To make something end.
1. He brought his boss down by exposing personal emails.
2. The rise in export prices could bring the hospitality industry down.
To bottle something up
To refuse to talk about things when someone is worried or upset.
After his father passed away, he bottled his emotions up and wouldn’t talk to anyone.
To get something across
To make someone believe or understand something
He tried to get his point across but his manager wouldn’t listen.