Expressions and Idioms with TAKE

The English verb TO TAKE (past tense – TOOK) is a difficult verb for English students because it has many different meanings and uses. TAKE is one of the most frequently used verbs in the English language. Let’s review its forms and learn popular expressions and idioms with Take.

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The English Verb to Take

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Expressions and Idioms with Take

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TO TAKE

1. remove or steal something without permission

ex. He took the book from the shelf to look at the cover. (=to remove) or

He took the money from the table when no one was looking. (=to steal)

2. to accept something

ex. Does this shop accept credit cards?

3. to wear a particular size in clothes/shoes

ex. -What size shoe do you take? –Size 10, I have big feet.

 What is your dress size, madam? – I usually take a size  10 but your chart would suggest that I am a size 6.

TO TAKE IT EASY  

to relax and do nothing

ex. You have been working hard all week you should take it easy for the next few days.

TO TAKE A BREAK

to have a short holiday/rest

ex. He booked a spa resort for his wife and himself. They wanted to take a short break before the busy season started.

TO TAKE A SHOWER OR A BATH

to wash or bathe

ex. They were going out for dinner so he took a shower and changed his clothes when he came home.

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TAKE A JOKE 

not be offended if someone says something funny about you, to be able to laugh at one’s joke about yourself

Example:  I can take a joke, but I have heard this many times over the years.

TAKE YOUR TIME 

this is a very common English expression when we don’t want somebody to hurry, take as much time as you need

Example:  Take your time. Don’t rush into anything too fast before you’re truly ready.

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOMETHING

make use or get benefit from the opportunities that are available (sometimes in an unfair way)

Example: He took advantage of strong winds to win the race.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOMEONE

to use someone’s weakness to get what you want

Example:  He had no idea what he was saying and the media took advantage of him.

TAKE  ITS TOLL (OF SOMETHING)

to cause a lot harm or damage

Example:  The financial meltdown took its toll last year as some 15,000 jobs were cut in the first quarter alone.

TAKE  SHAPE

to become or look real, to materialise

Example:  A new community learning centre is beginning to take shape.

TAKE  THE PLUNGE

to stop hesitating and finally do something that was planned to do

Example: In his mid-forties John realised that it’s probably the best time to take the plunge and start working full time on his own business.

TAKE  SOMEONE UNDER ONE’S WING

to protect someone from something, to care for someone

Example: Phil immediately took the new boy under his wing and introduced him to his friends.

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Make sure that you check my post on 13 Phrasal Verbs with Take with meanings and examples.

More Information

For more information on English expressions, English Phrasal Verbs and English Grammar Rules, check out the following links:

English Expressions with LOOK

Phrasal Verbs with FALL

Difference between ONTO and INTO

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