The English We Speak – Chill pill

When you tell someone to take a chill pill, you are telling them to calm down and relax.

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Helen: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Helen.
Rob: And I’m Rob. Hello! Err, Helen are you feeling OK? You’re looking a bit tired.
Helen: I am. I haven’t been sleeping very well. I have so much revising to do for my exams.
Rob: I’m sure you’ll be fine.
Helen: I don’t know. I’ve got assignments to write, exams to take – and look at my house, it’s a mess, I’ve got to tidy up.
Rob: Oh calm down. Anyway, when are your exams? Helen: In three months’ time!
Rob: Three months?! That’s ages. Helen, you need to take a chill pill!
Helen: A chill pill? Oh right, let’s have a look.. paracetamol.. aspirin… No-no. I haven’t got any chill pills.
Rob: You won’t find them in there Helen. Chill pills aren’t real. When you tell someone to take a chill pill, you are telling them to calm down and relax. So Helen… relax… chill!
Helen: Oh right, thanks. So the doctor isn’t going to give me one?
Rob: Well, I’m sure he could give you something to help you relax but this idiom is just a saying to give someone some friendly advice, as you can hear in these examples..
Stop shouting at the referee and take a chill pill.
She was getting so stressed about what her boss said to her that I told her to just take a chill pill – everything would be fine.
My wife’s working so hard, she needs to take a chill pill, otherwise she’ll make herself ill.
Helen: OK, so we know to take a chill pill really means to relax or calm down. You’re right Rob, I will take a chill pill and I will chill out..
Rob: That’s good to hear.
Helen: Yes, in fact, I think I’ll go shopping, get my hair done, maybe book a holiday… there’s no point worrying about some silly exams is there? See you later Rob.
Rob: Hold on Helen. I think perhaps you’ve taken too many chill pills?! I mean, these are quite important exams and you need good grades if you want to get a better job..
Helen: Oh relax Rob… you know what you need to take? Rob: A chill pill?
Helen: You said it! Both: Bye!


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