Catch Word #263 – Turn a blind eye


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There’s always someone in a friend group that’s not very observant. Maybe it takes them too long to understand a joke, or maybe they always say the wrong thing at the wrong time. There are many different phrases in the English language to describe these oblivious kinds of friends. Today, Kassy and Andrew explain two of these expressions: tone-deaf and turn a blind eye.

Culips’ Catch Word series teaches you idioms, phrasal verbs, and expressions that help improve your English listening and speaking skills. With Catch Word, you learn common phrases used by native English speakers while listening to a casual, natural conversation.

Fun facts

When travelling the world, it is very easy to commit a faux pas or act tone-deaf. That’s because each culture has unique social rules and etiquette. Before you travel, it’s always a good idea to look up the common mistakes that tourists make at your destination so that you won’t be a tone-deaf tourist, or accidently commit a faux pas!

Expressions included in the study guide

  • Tone-deaf
  • Turn a blind eye
  • Faux pas
  • To be/get roasted
  • Average Joe
  • Grain of truth

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