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Hello, you’re listening to ‘A Phrasal Verb a Day’. My name is Luke Thompson. Here’s your phrasal verb for this episode and it is ‘to mount up’, ‘mount up’, okay? ‘Mount’ like mountain, M – O – U – N – T and UP, well, like ‘up’ I suppose. ‘Mount up’, ‘mount up’. Now, first of all I suppose cowboys do use this phrase to mean ‘get on horse’.
– Mount up!
meaning: ‘get on your horse’, but that’s not the most common usage of this phrasal verb. More commonly it’s used to say that something is getting much bigger, it’s increasing, especially in stages, okay? You might say for example:
– Costs are beginning to mount up
– Debts are mounting up.
Alright? So, you might say:
– Orders for the new Luke’s English Podcast t-shirt are mounting up
(It) just means that they’re getting more higher and higher and higher, a bit like a mountain. The way that, well, I suppose in terms of… The way a mountain has developed over many years. It gets higher and higher. If you’re digging a hole in a ground and you dig all of the earth out of the ground and you put into a pile, that pile of earth will slowly mount up. It’ll get bigger and higher, for example. So, that’s ‘to mount up’.
Now, a useful way of, like, checking some of these expressions sometimes is to google them, alright? Now, if you’re looking for, like, example sentences of phrases that you’ve found you can google them. Go into Google and type the phrasal verb in speech marks. So, put the phrasal verb into speech marks. So I’ve just put speech marks, mount up, closed speech marks and you google that and then you choose News. So, you know, in Google you can choose different options. You’ve got, like, Web, Images, Videos and News. When you click News and you’ll find various news stories that include the expression that you’re looking for. So, in this case we look… I’ve just looked for ‘mount up’ and I come across news stories like this: ‘Edinburgh’s injuries mount up in Dublin defeat’ which is a rugby story talking about the Edinburgh rugby team. The number of injuries that they have in the team is increasing so the injuries mount up or are mounting up. I think they played against Dublin and they lost and they got lots of injuries so Edinburgh’s injuries mounted up in a defeat against Dublin recently. Let’s see…
Here’s another one about the Scottish National Party and it’s talking about the Labour…, in fact the Labour Party’s problems in Scotland. It says: ‘SNP most trusted to deliver for Scotland’ okay. ‘Labour’s problems mount up’ so, there we have a collocation with ‘mount up’ and ‘problems’. So, Labour’s problems are gradually increasing, they’re mounting up.
Lots of sporting examples here with injuries mounting up, tensions mount… ‘Tensions mount up in Jerusalem after the latest attack’.
‘Tributes mount up after the death of a six-year-old boy in West Liverpool’. Tributes – that’s, like, messages from people expressing their condolences.
‘Slough Town’s momentum stalled as injuries mount up’ – so, there’s another sporting example ‘The momentum of the team Slough Town is stalling’ means ‘stopping’ as injuries mount up. The injuries are increasing. Lots and lots of sporting examples of the expression ‘mount up’.
Here’s another one: ‘My battle with cigarettes and addiction to junk food’ – this is about a snooker player – ‘I think everybody loves food and I’m no different but the problems begin to mount up when you’re sitting alone and you decide to start…’ – what, I’ll click on the story. I’m going to do a little search for the expression there… mount up, there it is – ‘I think everyone loves food and I’m no different but the problems begin to mount up when you’re sitting alone and you decide to start comfort eating’.
So, there you go. There’s a few examples of the expression ‘mount up’ and don’t forget to visit teacherluke.co.uk and visit the page for ‘A Phrasal Verb a Day’. You’ll find a big list of all of these episodes and they all have transcripts, all of them now. This is episode number, what, 89? Is that right? I think this is number 89. All of the other episodes have got transcripts so, visit teacherluke.co.uk/phrasal-verb-a-day/ and you’ll find all of the episodes listed with transcripts. What more could you want?
I think that’s it for this episode. Thanks very much for listening. I’ll speak to you again very soon but for now it’s time for me to say goodbye. So, I will and here it is – goodbye.