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This is a download from BBC Learning English to find out more. Visit our website. Hello and welcome to the English we speak I'm Safet, and I'm Rob. Now for this program, we're going to need to sounds a slap and a bang. Very strange, a slap and a bang. Yes, it's a clue for our authentic English expression, slap bang. Is that an expression? It is.

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When you want to describe something that is directly or exactly in a particular place, it's often used with a short phrase in the middle of something very precise.

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So the expression slap bang is an informal way of saying exactly in a certain place. So not a bit to the left or a bit to the right, you know, slap bang means.

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Exactly. And we are slap bang in the middle of this program. So let's have some examples.

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And he scored an amazing goal. The ball went slap bang into the middle of the net. I couldn't find my phone anywhere, and there it was, slap bang in the middle of the table. If you take the train to Edinburgh, we'll see the castle slap bang in front of you when you come out of the station.

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I mean, this is the English. We speak from BBC Learning English, and we're talking about the expression slap bang, which means exactly. Or directly in a particular place.

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And you don't need to make the slap or bang. Sound every time you say it, well, Rob, I'm off to meet some friends at a pub, which is slap bang in the middle of town.

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Oh, OK. Anybody I know? Oh, just Neil, Roy, Sam and Georgina from the office.

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Oh, and I'm not invited. Well, that is a bit of a slap in the face.

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A slap in the face. Good phrase, Rob. Meaning an insult to that you weren't expecting. But sorry, you're still not invited.

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OK then I'll stay here and play with these sound effects.

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Bye bye Rob.