Hey, hello, welcome to The Everyday Language Podcast. This one is another episode about idioms, and in particular the idiom “make yourself scarce”.
So, the original meaning of “scarce” is insufficient or not enough, but this idiom does not mean “make yourself insufficient” because that wouldn-that wouldn’t make sense. It actually means to quietly leave a place, in order to avoid a difficult situation or an unwanted situation.
So for instance, if you are planning a surprise party for your dad’s birthday, and you’ve gathered all your family members at home. Your dad went out, so all your family members gathered in secret. He doesn’t know that, you know, it’s going to be a surprise birthday party.
Then your dad is seen walking back to the house, from the window, so one of your family members says, “Make yourself scarce everybody, dad’s coming back”, meaning – quick everybody dad’s coming, go and hide.
Or a different situation, maybe you’re at work and you should be in a meeting because there’s a really important meeting that your boss told you to go to. But you didn’t go because you ended up talking to your colleague. So you’re talking with your colleague, still, when you should be in the meeting, and then, actually, your colleague says to you, “Oh I can see the boss coming, quick make yourself scarce!”, meaning – quick the boss is coming go and hide!
So this phrase is often used in occasions when you need to avoid trouble by physically moving yourself away from the place where you are, and it’s also used to warn other people.
Okay, that’s it for today’s idiom, “to make yourself scarce”. So, please, use- try to use this idiom in your daily life, and if you want to practise here write a little sentence, or, a couple of sentences in the comments section below, and yeah let me know. Okay, thanks for listening, and I’ll see you soon, bye!
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