If I am driving fast and my copilote saysto slow down .. may I say that I will push t



If I am driving fast and my copilote saysto slow down .. may I say that I will push the break or use the break ?

What should I say if I want to use the word break ?

Thank you,

  • cirrus

    Senior Member
    UK English
    What you are doing is putting the brakes on. What we say is brake eg When you do an emergency stop, you brake hard enough to stop quickly but no so hard that you skid. Colloquially this is known as slamming the brakes on.


    Senior Member
    English, USA
    Like cirrus said:
    "put on the brakes"
    "slam on the brakes" = brake hard, suddenly

    "hit the brakes" = brake suddenly
    "apply the brakes" = brake


    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    We would not normally refer to a passenger in a car as "my copilot".

    Are you flying an aeroplane?
    Alternatively, are you driving in a car rally?

    Assuming the latter, the conversation would probably be something like:

    Copilot: "Would you mind slowing down a little here?"
    Claude: "Of course, my friend, I shall apply the brakes imminently."

    - or to be more realistic:
    Copilot: "SLOW DOWN!!"
    Claude: "OK"

    In practice, I can't imagine the driver saying much beyond OK in this context. Either that or an explanation as to why she has no intention of slowing down at this point because she is already ten seconds behind the leaders.

    Edit: Sorry Claude - I posted without seeing your explanation.

    Kelly B

    Senior Member
    USA English
    ... I'll step on the brakes. I understand that this sounds odd, because there is only one pedal to step on, yet it is the common way to say it. It probably comes from apply the brakes, since there are four, but nobody actually says apply the brakes. You'd read it in a manual.