Hi everybody. I’m English Teacher Fred and here are two idioms to talk about when there’s something you need to say to somebody but you feel a little uncomfortable, but you need to say it. You don’t feel right.
The first one is ‘get something off my chest’.
This is my chest. I need to say something to somebody because there’s some uncomfortable things between us. So I need to say something but I don’t feel really comfortable about saying it – but I want to say it! So I need to get something off my chest.
“Look, friend: I really need to get something off my chest. There’s something that I need to say. I feel uncomfortable saying it but I really need to say it…”
This is my chest. I need to get this off my chest so I’m going to say this.
That’s the first idiom: get something off your chest. Say something uncomfortable.
Here’s the second one, idiom number two: say something uncomfortable to ‘clear the air’.
Clear the air. Because the air between you and another person is a little uncomfortable so you need to say something and then it will clear the air and then you will feel comfortable.
“I need to get this off my chest. It’s difficult to say but I need to say it and after I say it then we’ll feel better together. We’ll clear the air. I need to clear the air, okay? Get this off my chest. Say this to you to make us feel comfortable again.”
Alright, that’s two idioms: get something off your chest and clear the air.
I need to get this off my chest to clear the air so that we will feel comfortable.
I hope that’s helpful for you! Have a great day.