In Ireland, we’re known for friendly service and hospitality. But customers are also expected to be very polite to the staff. It’s common to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ when buying products or services in stores. We even say ‘thank you’ to the bus driver when we leave the bus! So, when I see people treat others impolitely, it makes my blood boil. For example, I was disappointed to see a coworker complain loudly to a waiter in a restaurant for mixing up the food order. After all, it was a genuine mistake. Service staff work very hard at their jobs and deserve to be treated with respect. How are workers treated in your country?
Learn more about this idiom in the video below!
To make your blood boil? Like, to make it really, really hot?
No, if something makes my blood boil, it makes me very, very angry.
Let’s look at a few example sentences:
- It really makes my blood boil when people are late.
- Do you know what makes my blood boil? Graffiti! I hate it!
- Ignorant comments about race, religion, or gender really make my blood boil. We’re all human beings.
So, there we are.
So, what makes you really angry? Here are some questions to help you practice using today’s expression.
- What frustrates you about taking public transport?
- Have you ever experienced road rage? What happened?
- Did any of your friends do something to make you really angry?
- Do people tend to skip the queue in your country? How does it make you feel?
- Did you ever get into an argument with someone on the street or in a supermarket? What happened?
In the comments section, tell us: What makes your blood boil?
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