#27 – TO FEEL UP


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* be careful, this is quite a rude expression
=to touch someone in a sexual way and they don’t want you to do it
It’s negative (unless, of course, the person wants you to feel them up…)
“a creepy guy tried to feel me up on the train today, it was horrible!”

Transcript
Hi everyone.

It’s Luke here, and that’s right. I’m going to teach you another phrasal verb. I hope you aren’t getting bored of this.

Now, today’s phrasal verb is a bit rude. It’s quite rude.

Okay?

So, if you get offended by, kind of, rude content then don’t blame me, because I’ve warned you. Alright?

It’s a little bit rude, and quite informal as well.

Okay?

Slightly rude, slightly sexual and quite informal.

The expression is TO FEEL someone UP.

TO FEEL UP.

Feel, feel, you know, like with you hands?

FEEL someone UP

…, and it means to touch someone in a sexual way when they don’t want you to do it.

Okay?

So, it’s actually quite a serious thing, to touch someone in a sexual way, but they don’t want you to do it.

Okay?

So, like, maybe touch a part of someone’s body in a, you know… so it’s bad thing. It’s a negative thing.

For example, it could be like:

[SPK1] – “Oh, oh, some creepy guy tried to FEEL me UP on the train into work today”
[SPK2] – “Oh, really? Are you alight?”
[SPK1] – “Yeah, it was just OooooOOooo so creepy.”

Okay?

– “I can’t believe he tried to FEEL you UP. It’s terrible”

TO FEEL someone UP.

Okay?

[SPK1] – “Did you just… did you try to FEEL me UP?”, for example.
[SPK2] – “No, no, no. It’s just the train is crowded, and eeeem, my hand slipped. I wasn’t… Honestly, I wasn’t…, I wasn’t trying to FEEL you UP, honestly!”
[SPK1] – “Oh, okay.”

There you go.

TO FEEL someone UP.

Watch out, but it’s fairly regularly used verb phrase. It’s in MacMillan’s Phrasal Verb Dictionary which is the dictionary I’m using by the way, as a guide, when I’m doing these “phrasal verb” episodes. Some of them I just, kind of, come up with myself, but when I’m stuck, I just open up MacMillan’s phrasal verbs dictionary and I have a little look. You can get the MacMillan phrasal verb dictionary if you just go to MacMillan…, I think, it’s macmillan.com or if you just type macmillan phrasal verbs plus into google then you’ll find it.

That’s it for this episode.

You can find examples and other information at teacherluke.wordpress.com

I’ll speak to you again tomorrow.

For now, though, it’s goodbye – bye – bye – bye.

  • Irina

    Hi, Luke! Definitely you shoudn’t apologise for explaining this phrasal verb ” to feel up”. I’m Russian. I found the translation of this phrasal verb. I assure you it’s so innocent in Russian language. I wonder what decent English word you can find to explain the action. The point is you can’t describe the action of feeling somebody up in some decent way. What proper verb can you find for describing the “process”?

  • Denis Paraschuk

    If I tried to feel her up, she would call to police.

  • Some time ago I dreamt that someone was feeling me up in my sleep XD

    • Irina

      My poor Raul! I wonder if it’s so difficult to find someone just to hug at first and then make. Is it eally so impossible that you have to dream of it?