All over the place

The English We Speak là các bài học về những từ và cụm từ mà người Anh thường nói trong giao tiếp hàng ngày. Hôm nay, chúng ta sẽ học cụm từ: All over the place.

To be all over the place có thể có nhiều nghĩa khác nhau:

1. Ý muốn nói ai đó là một người lộn xộn, không ngăn nắp:

– You are all over the place: Bạn thật là lộn xộn

Bài 1:

Neil
Hello, and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Neil and… er… here with me…

Feifei
Here with you is… Feifei. What are you looking for, Neil?

Neil
I’m looking for my script…

Feifei
Your script?

Neil
Yeah… and… my pen… I had it a moment ago… where’s it gone?

Feifei
What’s going on with you, Neil? You’re all over the place today!

Neil
Yes, I am! That’s a good expression: all over the place!

Feifei
It can mean that someone is disorganised and confused – they are all over the place.

Neil
Yes, and it can also mean that things are left in many places in an untidy way – your things are all over the place! Here are some examples of how this expression is used:

Examples
Don’t expect Simon to help you with your report. He’s all over the place right now – he can’t even finish his own work.

What a windy day. My hair’s all over the place!

Neil
Well Feifei, I’m afraid I’m a bit disorganised today. You know I woke up late, I missed my bus and… well the day’s just been a bit difficult. I am all over the place… and… where is it…?

Feifei
What are you looking for now?

Neil
I still haven’t found my script.

Feifei
Is it this one?

Neil
Yes, that’s it! Great!

Feifei
And here’s your pen. It was on the floor.

Neil
Good. I’m ready to start the programme now.

Feifei
The programme’s finished, Neil. It’s done.

Neil
Oh, is it? So… we can go now? I could do with a coffee, Feifei.

Feifei
Yes – it will do you good. Let’s go.

Both
Bye!