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Hello everybody, this is Luke, this is my voice and welcome to this episode about phrasal verbs.
This is episode number 68 and the phrasal verb I’m going to teach you in this one is “iron out”. “Iron out.” “Iron.” “Iron.” How do we spell that? It’s I – R – O – N . To iron something out.
Now you, what you do, if you are going to go to work and you need to wear a shirt but all the shirts that you’ve got are all creased. Well, of course you need an iron, one of them, don’t you? Yes, you need to iron your shirts.
You probably do it every day – iron your shirt in the morning, or in the evening, or something like that, unless you’re lucky and have some kind of cleaner or a wife or indeed a husband who would do it for you. Personally I iron all my own shirts and I hate it, constant ironing. It’s really annoying and boring and I do it in the morning. Alright. So, iron. Okay.
Now, you might have creases in your shirts, that’s like lines where these shirts been folded or whatever and you have to iron out those creases. That means you push this iron over those creases. It goes, Kkhhhkk. Like that when you’re doing it. Kkhhhkk. And it irons out the creases.
But that’s the literal meaning of “iron something out.”
It’s also used any more idiomatic sense meaning to kind of fix problems, straighten out problems, okay.
To deal with problems or to deal with a disagreement. So, to sort something out, fix something, deal with something, to iron out a problem. Alright?
For example, we’re meeting next week in order to iron out any issues or details in disagreement, for example. Okay.
“Let’s meet up tomorrow, because I just have a few issues I’d like to iron out.” Okay?
You iron out issues, you iron out problems, you iron out details. You might iron out some misunderstandings. Okay?
That’s it. There you are. That’s a useful one for business English.
I’ll speak to you again very soon. But for now it’s goodbye.