Have you ever bought anything online by mistake? One-year-old Alice was playing with her dad’s phone when she ordered an onion by accident at the eye-watering price of almost £20. Neil and Catherine discuss this news story and help you to learn English vocabulary to talk about it.
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It’s one of the most important lessons in life – don’t leave your unlocked phone lying around. Jamie Mitchell wasn’t listening, though. His one-year-old was straight on there – not with a joke Facebook status or a million selfies… Alice chose Deliveroo. And spent 20 quid on an onion.
describes an amount much larger than expected
• 99-year-old Captain Tom Moore has raised an eye-watering 28 million pounds for charity.
• Students often take on eye-watering amounts of debt to pay for their studies.
gets a large amount of something
• Cat videos rack up huge viewing figures on social media platforms.
• The coronavirus is racking up massive bills for the economy.
a little confused
• There are often bemused tourists at fish and chip shops in London wondering whether to add vinegar.
• He looked at the map with a bemused expression then walked off in the wrong direction.
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