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free hand • own thing • picked
opinionated • orientated
  1. I will get up from the airport and go straight to the meeting.
  2. He is about everything and sometimes makes people angry.
  3. I thought we were going to spend the whole week together, but everyone did their .
  4. His mother has a lot of rules, but his father gives him a .
  5. This camp is so rule that we can't really have fun.
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338 Boarding School

Eli talks about boarding school and growing up away from her family.

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free hand

There were rules obviously, but we were given a pretty free hand.

When you are given a 'free hand' it means that you are allowed to do what you want.

Notice the following:

  1. Her children are allowed to run riot. They are given too much of a free hand.
  2. You need to give children a little bit more of a free hand as they get older.

do our own thing

We were left to do our own thing.

When you 'do your own thing' it means that you do not rely on rules or people telling you what to do. You do not follow the crowd.

Notice the following:

  1. I like to do my own thing.
  2. Let her do her own thing if she wants.

get picked up

Fly over by myself to England and get picked up by an aunt and taken to school.

When you 'get picked up' it means that someone meets you and takes you where you need to go.

Notice the following:

  1. I will call a taxi and get picked up from the restaurant.
  2. Make sure you get picked up, it is not safe to walk home at night on your own.


You're very opinionated and think you know best.

When you are 'opinionated' it means that you have strong ideas about a certain topic.

Notice the following:

  1. He is very opinionated and never listens to anyone else.
  2. When you talk to new people you should try not to be too opinionated.

rules orientated

The school I went to was very rules orientated

When a place is 'rules orientated' it means that it has a lot of regulations that need to be followed.

Notice the following:

  1. I like to be quite rules orientated as I like order.
  2. The army is very rules orientated.



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