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singing your praises: meaning and explanation

If you sing someone’s praises, then you praise or compliment them very enthusiastically.

This phrase is often used to tell somebody that someone has been talking about them in a very positive way. e.g. Sarah was very touched that you offered to help her move house. She’s been singing your praises all week.

Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Dictation #1

Accent: North America

You’ve good impression – she’s .
You’ve made a good impression the boss – she’s singing your .

…You’ve obviously made a good impression on the boss…

The phrase to make a good impression on someone = to cause someone to form a good opinion of you when they first meet you. e.g. If you dress like that then you aren’t going to make a very good impression at your interview. This has a similar meaning to the phrasal verb to come across well.

Discussion questions

Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • Have you been singing anyone’s praises recently?
  • Can you remember a time when someone was singing the praises of someone who didn’t deserve it?

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I’ve never sung anyone’s praises if he or she doesn’t deserve any


I seldom sing somebody’s praises, because I think, that the person should really deserve it. But it doesn’t mean,of course, that you shouldn’t be thankful to people, who make you any favors or help you in need. But in the situations like these it’s enough easily to say THANK YOU instead of SINGING PRAISES!


I am not used to sing someone’s praises; if I did it, I would sound fake or sarcastic. I think that even when the person deserves the praises, we don’t need to exalt them so enthusiastically, but just praise them using sincere words

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