The English We Speak – All over the place

It can mean that someone is disorganised and confused – they are all over the place. It can also mean that things are left in many places in an untidy way.

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Neil: Hello, and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Neil and.. er.. here with me..
Feifei: Here with you is.. Feifei. What are you looking for, Neil?
Neil: I’m looking for my script…
Feifei: Your script?
Neil: Yeah.. and.. my pen.. I had it a moment ago.. where’s it gone?
Feifei: What’s going on with you, Neil? You’re all over the place today!
Neil: Yes, I am! That’s a good expression: all over the place!
Feifei: It can mean that someone is disorganised and confused – they are all over the place.
Neil: Yes, and it can also mean that things are left in many places in an untidy way – your things are all over the place! Here are some examples of how this expression is used:
Don’t expect Simon to help you with your report. He’s all over the place right now – he can’t even finish his own work.
What a windy day. My hair’s all over the place!
Neil: Well Feifei, I’m afraid I’m a bit disorganised today. You know I woke up late, I missed my bus and.. well the day’s just been a bit difficult. I am all over the place.. and.. where is it.. ?
Feifei: What are you looking for now?
Neil: I still haven’t found my script.
Feifei: Is it this one?
Neil: Yes, that’s it! Great!
Feifei: And here’s your pen. It was on the floor.
Neil: Good. I’m ready to start the programme now.
Feifei: The programme’s finished, Neil. It’s done.
Neil: Oh, is it? So.. we can go now? I could do with a coffee, Feifei.
Feifei: Yes – it will do you good. Let’s go.
Both: Bye!


















 

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