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    Looking for a phrasal verb or idiom,...

    Hi all,

    Hope I can find the right expression here. Imagine you're discussing something important you don't want kids to hear or notice, so you would ask someone to take them away and play and talk to them so that they wouldn't notice you, being distracted perhaps. Is there an expression commonly used in such situations? (Either in general, or the direct expression we'd say to the person we want to do the job for us.)



    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: Looking for a phrasal verb or idiom,...

    I suppose we could use 'entertain' in this case. But, I was wondering if there's anything specifically used in such situations. Cheers!

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    Re: Looking for a phrasal verb or idiom,...

    "to keep them occupied"?! Isn't this formal?

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    Re: Looking for a phrasal verb or idiom,...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    "to keep them occupied"?! Isn't this formal?
    Not particularly. You could use look after/watch/mind the kids.

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    Re: Looking for a phrasal verb or idiom,...

    Thanks dear Tdol.
    Verbs such as 'look after' and 'watch' could be used in other situations as well. Then should I conclude there is no specific verb suggesting both 'looking after' and 'distracting'?



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    Re: Looking for a phrasal verb or idiom,...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Thanks dear Tdol.
    Verbs such as 'look after' and 'watch' could be used in other situations as well. Then should I conclude there is no specific verb suggesting both 'looking after' and 'distracting'?
    Hi,

    According to mind - WordReference.com Dictionary of English (verb 3 & 4), "mind" would fit your requirements, IMO.

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    Re: Looking for a phrasal verb or idiom,...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Verbs such as 'look after' and 'watch' could be used in other situations as well. Then should I conclude there is no specific verb suggesting both 'looking after' and 'distracting'?
    I can't think of one - though that doesn't mean there isn't one. 'Amuse' comes close.
    Last edited by 5jj; 15-Jun-2012 at 19:04. Reason: typo

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    Re: Looking for a phrasal verb or idiom,...

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I can't think of on - though that doesn't mean there isn't one. 'Amuse' comes close.
    Not to mention tw ! (Just kidding, of course, so don't take it to heart)
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    Re: Looking for a phrasal verb or idiom,...

    Thanks to you all, now I've got my answer. The reason why sometimes I keep repeating my question is I have this freak hunch that, 'hey there's got to be a phrasal verb or something there meaning what I'm looking for! I'm sure there is...because we have it in OUR language!...'. Which is the thing you're all well aware of, and we should be thankful that you're so patient with our boring questions! So, many thanks!

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    Re: Looking for a phrasal verb or idiom,...

    And here's the link the friend who'd asked me about this expression has just sent to me:


    PhraseMix | keep (someone) occupied

    Is it an American expression, and commonly used in everyday speech?
    Ta!

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