phase in = to gradually start using something
phase out = to gradually stop using something
Hello, I’m Luke Thompson. You’re listening to ‘A Phrasal Verb a Day’ and here is your next phrasal verb. In fact, you’re going to get two for the price of one in this episode and since this is a free podcast you’re definitely get in your money’s worth, aren’t you? Anyway, two for the price of one and the phrase or phrases I’m going to teach you are first of all ‘to phase in’ or ‘to phase something in’ and then another one is ‘to phase out’ or ‘to phase something out’, okay?
So, ‘to phase something in’. Phase, that’s spelt P-H-A-S-E, ‘phase something in’ and this means that…, let’s see, it means to kind of gradually introduce something or gradually start using something. For example, if you’ve got a new system that you’d like to start using in your company you might instead of just introducing it all in one moment you might decide to gradually introduce it over some time. You’re going to phase it in. Let’s say you’ve got a new assessment system at work and you’ve decided to phase it in over the period of three months to give everyone a chance to get used to it, okay? Sort of phase it in. The new law’s going to be phased in over the next couple of months, for example, okay? So, gradually introduce something.
And there’s a joke… There’s a joke which I can tell you. So, get ready! Strap yourselves in! Here comes a joke which you won’t find funny but I’m going to tell you anyway. So, you know in the UK we drive on the left. That’s right, we drive on the left. Everyone else seems to drive on the right, not in the UK. We drive on the left but the government has decided that in order to try and comply with European legislation they’re going to change it so that we’re going to drive on the right, okay? So, yeah. It could be a bit difficult to introduce but they’re going to phase it in over the next three years. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. That’s right. First of all it’s going to be large trucks and busses that will drive on the right and then after a year cars and taxies will drive on the right and then finally in the third year it’ll be bikes and motorbikes. So, they’re going to phase it in over three years. Obviously, that’s ridiculous because you can’t phase that kind of thing in. You either drive on the left or on the right. There’s no way of phasing it in and if you tried to it would be completely disastrous. OK.
The next one is ‘to phase something out’ and I imagine that if you understand ‘phase in’ then you can understand ‘phase out’ as well. That’ll be, for example, to gradually stop using something or to gradually stop using a system of some kind. Let’s say, for example, we’ve been using this old computer system here, for the accounting department of our business but the new software has been released so, we’re going to, sort of…, we’re going to phase out the old system and then gradually start using the new one, so we’re going to phase out the old system and phase in the new one. Okay? There you go. So, two for the price of one and the joke as well for this episode of ‘A Phrasal Verb a Day’ ‘to phase in and to phase out’.
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