#12 – TO CURL UP

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This means to get yourself in a really comfortable position on the sofa or in bed, with your legs bent and off the floor, so that you are in a curved shape – nice and comfy.
“I curled up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good book”
“I can’t wait to just curl up in bed and fall asleep”
“The cat sat in front of the fire, curled himself up into a little ball, and fell asleep”


Hello everybody.

How are you doing? I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday.

This is Luke from Luke’s English Podcast.

This year I’m teaching you a phrasal verb every day. That’s a lot of phrasal verbs. I hope, you can keep up with me.

See what I did? I used a phrasal verb. Yes.

Now, today’s phrasal verb is TO CURL UP.


And this means to sit down in a very comfortable position or lie down in a very comfortable position. You might CURL UP on a sofa or CURL UP in bed.


So, if you CURL UP on a sofa, it means that you sit down, you get yourself really comfortable, you take your feet off the ground, so you put your feet on the sofa too, you maybe bring your feet and your legs close to your chest, so you kinda CURL UP.


…and people use this expression to talk about getting comfortable.

[SPEAKER 1] – “How was you Sunday?”

[SPEAKER 2] – “Oh, it was freezing cold outside. So, I just stayed in. I just made myself a cup of tea and I just CURLED UP on a sofa with a good book.”

That’s it for this one.

There’ll be another one tomorrow.

Bye bye bye bye.