[Phrases] Other Ways To Say BAD NEWS

Hi all! Before we learn some new phrases, let’s check the answer of the last episode. The answer is C. Did you get it?

I believe you must have got bad news before. Not only do we hate hearing it, but we also hate delivering it to others.

But we have to admit that sometimes, it is unavoidable to tell the bad news, to tell the truth and face it bravely.

Today, I am gonna tell you some different expressions of bad news. 


     1.We are in deep trouble.

in deep trouble: in a very difficult situdation

     2.We are in a bind.

in a bind: in a particularly difficult or awkward situation, especially one that is not easy to resolve or escape

     3.We have got ourselves into hot water.

get into hot water: get into a troublesome or difficult situation, especially that which will result in punishment or reprisal

     4.I am in dire straits now.

in dire straits: in a very bleak or grim situation

     5.We have a dilemma on our hands now.

a dilemma on our hands: a problem on our hands that is hard to tackle

These are all the phrases I wanna share with you. The next time you have bad news, why not try to use one of these phrases instead of saying “I have a bad news”?


Jason borrowed his dad’s watch and then lost it – he’s gonna be _______ when his father finds out!

A. in hot water        B. dead in the water        C. a watering hole

Don’t forget to leave your comments below. I will see you next time!

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