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the hill • fell over • all over
bangs his head • middle child • a purpose
  1. The building because of the earthquake.
  2. It was hard for him to be a , especially between two girls.
  3. Everything I bring with me when I travel serves .
  4. You are going really fast by the time you get to the bottom of .
  5. He frequently on things because he is so tall.
  6. You get food your face when you eat.
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265 Childhood
Lois talks about some of her earliest memories.

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bottom of the hill

I thought it would be fun to run down to the bottom of the hill.

The 'bottom of the hill' is where the hill meets the flat ground.  To run to the bottom of the hill means to run down the hill until you arrive at flat ground. Notice the following:

  1. It is hard to walk all the way up here from the bottom of the hill.
  2. I was almost to the bottom of the hill when my ski fell off.

fell over or all over

I fell over and had ice cream all over me.

If you 'fall over' it means that you fall to the ground from a position where you were sitting or standing. To get something 'all over' you means to be covered in it, like on your clothes and skin and in your hair. Notice the following:

  1. My chair fell over because it was broken.
  2. I have sand all over me from being at the beach all day.

bang the head

I remember pushing my brother, and he fell and banged his head.

When you 'bang your head' you hit it against something hard. Notice the following:

  1. She banged her head pretty hard in the car accident.
  2. He fell down on the ice and banged his head.

middle child

I don't like being the middle child.

When you have a sibling that is older and one that is younger we say that you are the 'middle child.' Notice the following:

  1. He is a typical middle child.
  2. My brother is a middle child and enjoys the fact that nobody pays a lot of attention to him.

serve a good purpose

I'm sure you served a good purpose for your parents.

If you 'serve a good purpose' you have a practical use or are able to help in some way. Notice the following:

  1. She always keeps things she thinks could serve a good purpose.
  2. This bicycle served a good purpose for me all through university.