Give chase – Driving expressions

police lightMost guys have imagined what it would be like to be a secret agent at some point in their lives. The man in this article seems to have taken things a bit too far, though!

There were some interesting driving-related expressions in the article, too. The first is ‘raced past‘. This means to move past someone very quickly.

The next pieces of vocabulary to catch my eye were the phrasal verb pull over and the expression to run a red light, both of which we have already seen before on the World of Words.

It’s also mentioned that the police ‘gave chase‘. This is a nice, natural way of saying that they started to chase the vehicle.

There’s another interesting expression when the police refer to the speeding driver as a “would-be ‘Mr Bond'”, meaning that he is trying to be like James Bond.

The last word I would like to look at is ‘sortie‘. A ‘sortie‘ is an outing so when the author refers to the driver’s ‘nightime sortie’ he just means a trip somewhere at night.

Today’s image is by Elvis Santana.

Clock up

clockHave you ever broken the law? Maybe even for something minor like parking in the wrong place at the wrong time? I think most people have made the occasional mistake when driving but certainly not as many as the man in this article on the BBC News website.

There’s some great driving-related vocabulary in the article, too. The first interesting word is in the second paragraph where the author mentions that the offender’s car was ‘weaving‘ close to other cars. By ‘weaving‘, the writer means that the car was moving from side to side on the road.

The third paragraph is full of interesting vocabulary, too:

The serial offender clocked up further offences for speeding, driving on the hard shoulder, running a set of red lights and failing to stop for police.

A ‘serial offender‘ is a person who commits a lot of offences, and ‘clock up’ means accumulate. We often use ‘clock up‘ to talk about acquiring or accumulating experience. For example, a trainee pilot needs to clock up some flying hours before he can get his licence.

The ‘hard shoulder‘ is the empty part of the road by the side where you are not supposed to drive and if you ‘run a red light‘, you drive through a set of traffic lights while the red light is showing.

In the next paragraph, there’s another interesting phrasal verb. To ‘pull over‘ means to move your car to the side of the road and stop.

The last interesting word is ‘spree‘, which we have already seen before in this article.

People here in Bali don’t drive very fast but it’s still quite dangerous on the roads here because the traffic laws aren’t enforced very strictly.

Are the roads safe in your country?

Today’s image is by Ivan Prole.