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Get the scoop

  • Get the scoop is one of several idioms in the same vein, including, inside scoop and what’s the scoop? An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. Often using descriptive imagery, common idioms are words and phrases used in the English language in order to convey a concise idea, and are often spoken or are considered informal or conversational. English idioms can illustrate emotion more quickly than a phrase that has a literal meaning, even when the etymology or origin of the idiomatic expression is lost. An idiom is a metaphorical figure of speech, and it is understood that it is not a use of literal language. Figures of speech have definitions and connotations that go beyond the literal meaning of the words. Mastery of the turn of phrase of an idiom or other parts of speech is essential for the English learner. Many English as a Second Language students do not understand idiomatic expressions that native speakers understand such as in a blue moon, spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, chin up, eye to eye, barking up the wrong tree, hit the nail on the head, kick the bucket, under the weather, piece of cake, when pigs fly, and raining cats and dogs, as they attempt to translate them word for word, which yields only the literal meaning. In addition to learning vocabulary and grammar, one must understand the phrasing of the figurative language of idiomatic phrases in order to know English like a native speaker. We will examine the meaning of the idiom get the scoop, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.


     

    To get the scoop means to receive information, to know what is going on, to be given information because one is a member of the inner circle. The idiom inside scoop particularly refers to information that is only known to people who are among a select group. The word scoop is often used in journalism to mean to acquire information that no other media outlet has, or to be granted an interview with a highly desirable news source. Scoop was used as a slang term in the 1850s to mean that a business had managed to shut out any competitive businesses. By the 1870s scoop had come to mean a news story exclusively reported by one media outlet.

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    Examples

    In honor of Labor Day cookouts, I took a few minutes to sit down with our backyard grill to get the scoop on his grilling season — grilling the grill, so to speak. (The Daily Sentinel)

    Get the scoop on Long Island high school football with our complete preview, featuring players to watch and breakdowns of every league. (Newsday)

    Parade.com sat down with Cahoon to get this inside scoop on this rising career, how he really got his start as the world’s youngest rodeo clown. (Parade Magazine)


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