Hello there! You’re listening to a ‘Phrasal Verb a day’ with Luke Thompson.
And today’s Phrasal Verb is TO KEEL OVER.
KEEL -, that’s spelled K.E.E.L. and OVER. I’m sure you know how that is spelled, so I’m not going to spell it for you.
TO KEEL OVER – now what does it mean?
Really it means that someone falls down because they suddenly feel ill, so it’s a bit like to collapse. It could mean that someone collapses because they’re sick, or because they’re exhausted, or because they died. Okay? So for example:
– He was playing tennis one minute, and then the next minute he just KEELED OVER – meaning he collapsed.
– Sometimes when I’m teaching English at the University, I’ve been standing up for hours and hours, I feel like I’m just gonna TO KEEL OVER any minute.
Also we say that if a ship KEELS OVER it means that ship kind of falls to the side. Maybe there’s something wrong with the balance of the ship and it tips over to the side. The ship just KEELED OVER.
TO KEEL OVER and die – is another phrase as well. KEEL OVER and die. Like, you know…
– If I stay up on my feet any longer, I’m just gonna KEEL OVER and die.
Now you have to imagine, when someone KEELS OVER, imagine someone sitting in their seat, and if they KEEL OVER it’s like they suddenly just sort of fall to the side. That’s TO KEEL OVER. Usually we imagine that the body sort of bends and falls over to the side. You just KEEL OVER because you’re exhausted, or because you’re sick, or because you die. Alright? That’s it.
This, for some reason, for me, hasn’t been the most exciting episode of Luke’s Phrasal Verb Episodes. I hope that a… hope you’ve managed to keep the interest up. I hope you’re not getting bored. I hope that you haven’t KEELED OVER with boredom. See what I did?! I used the phrasal verb, didn’t I? …That I’m teaching you. That was clever.
Alright then. That’s it for this one. Speak to you again soon! Bye-bye!