T-learning # Idiom
Speak Like a Native

spread the word

Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) to mess up

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b) to hide

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c) to communicate

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to spread the word means to tell others about something.

French translation

passer le message, faire passer le mot

How NOT to translate : *tartiner le mot


Examples in context

‘Power plants put at risk by security bugs

The discovery of bugs in software used to run oil rigs, refineries and power plants has prompted a global push to patch the widely used control system.
The bugs were found by security researchers and, if exploited, could give attackers remote access to control systems for the installations.
Yokogawa said it was in the process of contacting customers who might be vulnerable and urging those who were at risk to apply its patch.
Computer Emergency Response Teams (Cert) in several other nations have helped to spread the word about the findings. The UK’s newly formed Cert declined to comment on the issue.’

BBC News UK, 4th April 2014


‘Actress Ruth Jones says dementia scheme will tackle stigma

A new programme which aims to change the way people think, talk and act about dementia has been launched in Wales.
The Dementia Friends programme teaches people to recognise the signs of the illness and how to help those with it.
Gavin and Stacey star Ruth Jones, whose mother-in-law Margaret Peet had dementia, said it would help tackle the stigma often associated with it. There are over 45,500 people estimated to be living with dementia in Wales.
A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it is like to live with dementia by attending a one-hour session and then uses it to help. That could be helping someone find the right bus to spreading the word about the illness on social media.’

BBC News, 20th February 2014


Everyday usage

Spread the word ! Claramedia along with partners invite you to ‘Be Yourself’, 2 Square Morrison for a Charity Afterwork for St George’s Day, Tuesday 16th April with lots of English surprises.
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That is such great news ! We really must spread the word.

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