Mind your own business! Informal
Meaning: If you say “Mind your own business!” to someone, you’re telling them to stop interfering in things that don’t concern them, or to stop asking personal questions.
- He got sick of her asking him about his private life so he snapped, “Mind your own business!”
- Someone asked me how much money I earn and I told him to mind his own business.
Note: Saying “Mind your own business!” to someone can sound quite aggressive, so be careful who you say it to. A more polite thing to say if you’d prefer not to answer a personal question is “Sorry, but I’d rather not say.”
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if all else fails
Meaning: You can say “if all else fails” before saying what you’ll do if your plans don’t work out as well as you’d like.
- If all else fails, I can get there by train. It’s never fully booked.
- I’m not sure where we’ll eat, but if all else fails we can go to McDonalds.
keep abreast of
Meaning: If you keep abreast of something, you always know about the latest news and developments in relation to it.
- No matter where I am in the world, I can read Karen’s blog to keep abreast of activities in our club.
- Don’t you think part of a prime minister’s job is to keep abreast of world affairs?
Note: A synonymous idiom is “keep up with”.
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