Have a Chinwag – British Idioms

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Level: Advanced    Reading Time: 3 minutes    Category: Vocabulary

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.

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What does “have a chinwag” mean.

This expression means to have a chat with someone. 

We often use it to explain that we were having a casual conversation with a friend or family member.

It is a casual phrase, but it is not offensive so you can use it whenever you like.

This phrase is popular in the UK, but you might not hear it in other countries. Not all British speakers will use it, but they should understand you if you say it.


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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:

  • Let’s get together for a chinwag this weekend.
  • I saw Susan in the market today. We had a bit of a chinwag.
  • 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.

So, that is how you can use the idiom “an arm and a leg” in English. Don’t forget to check back for more British slang words and phrases you can use with your British mates!

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