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239 Olympics
Travis talks about what he does not like about the Olympics.

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suckered into

I will probably get suckered into watching the Olympics, for sure.

When someone convinces you to do something that you really didn't want to do you can say that you got 'suckered into' it.  We use this phrase especially when the person isn't completely honest in their efforts to make us do something. Notice the following:

  1. I can't believe I got suckered into coming to this meeting with you.
  2. She got suckered into moving in with him.

go overboard

I think they kind of go overboard, having it on every channel.

If you 'go overboard' you take something to the extreme. Notice the following:

  1. She goes overboard every time she entertains.
  2. They went a little overboard for their daughter's first birthday party.


A channel that covered the Olympics had mostly personal stories of athletes.

In this case 'cover' refers to something that is shown on television or talked about on the radio.  We use 'covered' in this way to talk about news or journalism. Notice the following:

  1. We need someone to cover the situation in front of the embassy.
  2. He was a famous journalist because he covered dangerous cases.

fed up

A lot of people got really fed up with it and didn't watch much of the Olympics then.

When you are frustrated to the point where you can't handle any more you can say that you are 'fed up.' Notice the following:

  1. He is fed up with his roommate's messiness.
  2. I am fed up with having trouble with my car.

about killed me

I ran a marathon in Bangkok, and it about killed me.

Usually we use this phrase to say that something was really difficult.  I doesn't necessarily mean that we were close to death. Notice the following:

  1. Working for him about killed me.
  2. All of those exams and finals just about killed me.