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battle • handkerchief • accessories
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  1. She has a very unique sense of and wears things that would look horrible on anybody else.
  2. This is the president's first visit to our state in almost two years.
  3. Many of the soldiers that went into at that time never came back.
  4. Her clothes are boring, but the she uses are fantastic.
  5. I have a cold and I forgot my . Do you have a tissue?
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389 The History of the Tie
Mike explains the history of the necktie.

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go into battle

Originally, several hundred years ago, when the Croatians went into battle they would have a scarf ...

To 'go into battle' means that you advance into a war.

Notice the following:

  1. The Romans were experts at going into battle.
  2. A soldier would wear armor to go into battle.


... or a handkerchief that protected their necks when they went into battle.

A 'handkerchief' is a small piece of fabric that people use as a serviette.

Notice the following:

  1. Do you have a handkerchief?
  2. Nobody really has a handkerchief anymore, do they?


What they started doing was wearing this scarf or this handkerchief around their neck almost as an accessory.

An 'accessory' is a non-essential piece of clothing or jewellery that people where in order to make their clothes look better.

Notice the following:

  1. I have so many accessories.
  2. As a woman, you can never have too many accessories.

official visit

They went to visit Louis the 14th in France on some sort of official visit.

An 'official visit' is something that important people will do in order to carry out important business.

Notice the following:

  1. The mayor is in town today on an official visit.
  2. I don't think it is an official visit.


Louis the 14th was so impressed and thought is was such a cool looking accessory that he adopted it as a fashion item.

'Fashion' is the name for the trends or style of dress that come and go in the clothing industry.

Notice the following:

  1. I do not really follow fashion.
  2. They have some lovely boutiques that really keep up with the fashions.