Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

speak (out/up) (against)

speak outspeak out againstspeak up
Meaning(s)
1) talk louder, publicly express a strong opinion
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    • speak out against injustice
  • Analysis
    To 'speak out' means to express your opinions or beliefs publically. If you 'speak out' against something you publically declare your opposition to something. If someone asks you to 'speak out', it might mean that they want you to speak louder or to speak with consideration for an audience. To 'speak up' can mean to increase the volume or loudness of your voice, you can ask someone to 'speak up' if you can't hear them. To 'speak up' can also mean to make your voice heard on an important issue or point. You can speak up in a meeting to voice your opinion for example. To 'speak up against' something is to make your opposing views heard.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I spoke up for Tom when he was accused of stealing because I know he is not the type of person to ever do that.
    2. Sophie is very environmentally conscious, and has often spoken out against the government for their lack of action on climate change.
    3. The politician surprised everyone by speaking out in favour of the new policy.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I had to speak up when giving the lecture yesterday because the people at the back of the room couldn't hear me.
    2. Even though you risk losing your job, I think that it's important to speak up if you feel that your boss is not treating you fairly.
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