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far-fetched • arrogant • belt
reality • constricted
  1. I don't know why he's so . He's not smart or good-looking.
  2. Once she has a few more weeks of training under her she will be an excellent employee.
  3. My injury makes me feel very . I can't do the things that I usually do.
  4. He is really good at turning his ideas into .
  5. His story about what happened seems really to me.
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362 Ambitions
Eli talks about what she would like to do with her life.

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far-fetched

I think that's a pretty far-fetched ambition at the moment.

When something is far-fetched it means that it is very unlikely to happen.

Notice the following:

  1. The business idea that he had was very far-fetched.
  2. The movie plot was a little far-fetched don't you think?

arrogant

English speaking people have, well, a sort of bad arrogance that everyone else speaks English and so why bother to learn another language.

When someone is 'arrogant' it means that they think they are more important and better than other people.

Notice the following:

  1. He is very arrogant and I do not like him.
  2. It is wrong to have such an arrogant attitude.

under your belt

Once you got one language under your belt it seems to be a lot easier to pick up other languages.

When you have something 'under your belt' it means that you have gained experience of that particular thing.

Notice the following:

  1. I need to get a good few years experience under my belt first.
  2. She needs to get a few performances under her belt before she will start to feel confident singing in public.

turn into a reality

My other main wish at the moment, which hopefully I'm going to turn into a reality when I return home.

'Turn into a reality' means to make a dream or desire become real.

Notice the following:

  1. It takes work to turn a dream into a reality.
  2. I hope it will turn into a reality, as it is something that I would love to do.

constrict

I've always said I'd never want to work in an office where you have to wear a suit, where you have to be constricted and constrained.

When you 'constrict' something it means that you you have a tight grip on it and do not let it behave in a natural way.

Notice the following:

  1. I find working in a normal nine to five job very constricting.
  2. Too many rules can constrict your creative flair.