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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Verb Phrase 134. The verb phrase today is to

  • water down. Okay. We have three meanings and we have three examples. So

  • the first meaning is to dilute a liquid usually by adding water. Yeah. So you

  • really you can water down anything, but we especially use it for alcohol. So

  • let's look at a example number one here. You should water down that alcoholic

  • drink for her. She cannot handle it, if it is too strong. So people often can water

  • down alcohol. If the alcohol is too strong for them to make it like less

  • strong. Or yeah basically. But you could water down anything by adding some other

  • liquid to it. So we often say to water down. All right. Let's look at number two

  • here. To weaken or make something less effective or not as strong. Okay good. So

  • let's look at again the second example. By the time that bill passed through

  • Congress it got so watered down that it didn't do

  • half of what he was supposed to do. So maybe whoever wrote it it started off as

  • very strong bill but remember you know in Congress the politicians they have to

  • try to get the other side to agree to it so they get enough people to sign it.

  • Sometimes they won't sign it unless you know , they may they compromise some and

  • they lower it so then maybe they're making the bill a lot less strong or a

  • lot less effective because they have to try to compromise with the opposing

  • party. So in that sense we often say that the bill got watered down or somebody

  • speech could, could have gotten watered down, if it was very strong. But maybe

  • somebody didn't like some of the things in it so they might water it down. So in

  • this way, we say that something could get watered down. It becomes less strong or

  • possibly less effective. All right. Let's look at the third one here. To water

  • something thoroughly like go to like rinse something or spray water over

  • something. You can water it down. Sometimes it could be because something

  • is too hot and you want to cool it down or sometimes it could be because you

  • want to rinse or wash something off. So let's look at the third example here.

  • Let's water down the driveway to get rid of some mud that got on it. So maybe this

  • is somebody's driveway you know , usually it's some sort of you know , concrete or

  • tar on it. But you know, maybe for somebody maybe a storm or something

  • swept some mud on it or somehow mud got on it. So you might water it down . to

  • rinse or wash the mud away, especially a lot of driveways sometimes are or

  • could or might be on a slight slope or slant. It might be easier to you know, to

  • water it down that way. Or like I said if something was too hot and you wanted to

  • cool it down you might spray water on it you might water it down in that sense. Or

  • if it was too dry, you needed to make it more moist. You might spray water on

  • it just to water it down in that sort of sense. Okay. Anyway, I hope you got it. I

  • hope it's clear. Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Verb Phrase 134. The verb phrase today is to


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