Idioms are a great way to sound more natural when you are speaking English. Each country usually has their own idioms. However, British English has lots of strange idioms that are confusing at first, but are really fun when you understand them. Idioms are a great way to express a difficult idea in an easy way and can often be funny at the same time.
What does have a chinwag mean?
Well, when a British person says “have a chinwag” they are basically saying “to have a chat” with someone.
We often use it when we haven’t seen somebody for a long time and you need to catch up with that person. You can ask them to get together and have a chinwag.
It is a casual phrase, but it is not offensive so you can use it whenever you like. However, this phrase is only common in the UK, and more specifically in the north of England. English speakers from other countries might not be familiar with this expression. In other words, be careful where you use this phrase.
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How Do you use have a chinwag?
A good way to understand idioms is to see examples of them in use. Therefore, here are some examples of sentences which use this idiom:
- I haven’t seen you for ages! We should have a chinwag asap!
- Let’s get together for a chinwag this weekend.
- We met for a coffee and a chinwag. It was nice.
- Cafe’s are a great place for a chinwag.
- They get together every month for a chinwag at the local village hall.
- I love a good chinwag. It’s great to catch up with friends.
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