Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

parrot something

parrot
Meaning(s)
1) repeat the words or imitate the actions of someone
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • parrot somebody
  • Analysis
    A parrot (noun) is a colourful tropical bird well known for its ability to imitate human speech. To Parrot someone (as a verb) means to imitate them or impersonate them. "Barry is just parroting Larry. he sounds exactly like him!" It can also mean to repeat something in a mechanical or mindless way without understanding the meaning entirely. "Rote learning where students parrot information back to their teachers is no longer in vogue."
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The student liked to parrot his teacher's mannerisms when his back was turned to the class.
    2. My sister kept parroting every word I said just to annoy me.
    3. The protesters were just parroting slogans. There was no real meaning behind anything they said.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Our team leader is very frustrating. She has no original ideas and just parrots what other people say.
    2. There is no point in us parroting our competitors' values and ethics. We need a clear mission statement that reflects who we are. 
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