To stop feeling upset, angry or excited.
- “Just calm down – getting angry about it isn’t going to change anything.
If you get “carried away”, you become so excited about something that you lose control and forget about everything else.
- “I think I got a bit carried away after hearing that we’d won the first prize.
If someone “cheers you up”, they make you feel happier again.
- She soon cheered up when I told her that she’d been selected to form part of the team.
If something is “eating away at” you, it’s worrying you a lot and making you feel stressed.
- The thought that they might come back at any time was just eating away at me.
If you “get over” a bad experience or something that makes you unhappy, you recover from it, stop being affected by it and start to feel better again.
- “We all know what you’ve been through – but you just need a bit of time to get over it.
If something “gets to” you, it affects you and makes you feel angry, sad or upset.
- Don’t worry, she talks like that to everyone, so don’t let it get to you!
lf you manage to “pull yourself together”, you become calm again after being so angry or upset that you were incapable of acting normally.
- Come on, pull yourself together! You can’t let them see you like this.”
If something “takes you aback”, it surprises you a lot.
- She was really taken aback when she heard that they’d chosen her for the role in the film.