English phrase of the day: Up for grabs


Hi students! Today’s phrase of the day is up for grabs. If you say something is up for grabs, it means it has not yet been claimed, reserved, or taken by anyone – so it is available for someone to get, take, or buy. Let’s say you’re at work and someone brings in a pizza for everyone to share. After everyone eats some pizza, there’s one slice left. You could say, “The last piece of pizza is up for grabs – who wants it?”

In that case the slice of pizza was free to take, but you might also see “up for grabs” used when items are for sale – for example, a toy store might publish, “These limited-edition action figures are up for grabs.” – it means they are available for sale so anyone can buy them.

This phrase can used when there is a giveaway with some prizes being awarded to random people. For example, a radio station might say “We have two tickets to the rock concert up for grabs – call in for your chance to win!” – in this case the tickets are available for anyone to receive, but the winner will be chosen randomly.

I hope you now have a better understanding of the expression “up for grabs.” See you in the next lesson!

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