Okay, hello and welcome to The Everyday Language Podcast. Today’s podcast [episode] is one about the idiom “to crash and burn”.
So I’ve got the Oxford English Idioms Dictionary, and it says that this idiom crash and burn is a North American idiom in origin. However, it is widely used in the UK.
But what does it mean “to crash and burn”?
Well to crash and burn is an informal idiom meaning – to fail.
So young people especially, often use this to describe the failure of something that they’ve tried to do.
For example – asking a girl out on a date.
You ask a girl out on a date, and your friend asks, “What happened? Did she say, ‘yes or no?'”
You reply, “She said ‘No, I would never go out with you, even if you were the last person on Earth’, it was a total crash and burn.”
– meaning it went completely wrong, it completely failed, and you didn’t get the outcome you wanted.
Or you make a speech at your brother’s wedding, but it goes terribly.
You lose your voice, you forget your lines, the one joke you do remember goes down [- is received] very badly and, you know, people don’t laugh, they groan, and you manage to insult the bride and her family unintentionally with one of your remarks.
So the speech was a complete disaster and not the intended celebration of the bride and groom that you meant it to be. And afterwards, when you tell your friends about the wedding speech, you can say, “Yep, I totally crashed and burned, it was terrible”.
And the last example, imagine you’re taking a[n] important exam, the-maybe the university entrance exam, or the exam to qualify as a lawyer or an accountant, or maybe even the IELTS exam, and you struggle in the exam.
So when your, your mum asks, “How was the exam?” You can say, it was horrible, I totally crashed and burned, I did so badly”.
So that’s today’s idiom “to crash and burn”. Have you ever, have you ever had an experience where you crashed and burned? If so, please let me know in the comment section below, and try to use this idiom.
Okay, thanks for listening, I’ll see you next time. Bye-bye!
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