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sticking • reared • running
bucketful • excruciating
  1. Many countries in the world don't have the luxury of water.
  2. I could tell the dog didn't like me by the way it when I got close.
  3. We moved the dirt to the garden by bucketful.
  4. It didn't hurt when I broke my ankle, but the recovery was .
  5. His hair is always out from under his hat.
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#514 House Mates

Carla discusses creatures she had in her house.

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stick out

That book was sticking out of the bookcase so you always knew where he was.

Something "sticks out" if it is not in the correct place, such as a little too far forward, backward, to the right or to the left, as in the book example.  Notice the following:

  1. There was a pink paper sticking out of his shirt pocket.
  2. The leg of the table sticks out a little and I always hit my toe on it.

rear up

He would be frightened so he'd rear his head up and hiss at you.

To "rear up" is to lift up a part of the body, usually in an angry or surprised manner.  We frequently use this phrase to refer to horse when the are angry and push up on their back legs.  Notice the following:

  1. The rider fell off the horse when it reared up because it didn't want to walk in the river.
  2. The kitten reared up when it saw the dog coming closer.

running water

We didn't have any running water in that village.

"Running water" is water that comes out of the faucet in a house and is controlled so it can be used by people.  Notice the following:

  1. During the winter there is no running water because it is very cold and the water is frozen.
  2. After her vacation in the mountains she was excited to have running water again.

bucketful by bucketful

Then we would have to move it out bucketful by bucketful.

A "bucketful" is full bucket of something, for example sand or water.  To move something "bucketful by bucketful" is to fill one bucket, move it to a new place, empty it and then repeat.  In this case we are talking about a bucket, but we can also use cupful or spoonful, depending on the container that we have.  Notice the following:

  1. They emptied the pool bucketful by bucketful so it took a whole day to finish the work.
  2. Because there was no hot water she filled the bath, bucketful by bucketful, with water warmed on the stove.


If you get it on your foot or your hand where you've got lots of nerves, it's really excruciating.

If something is "excruciating" it is very painful.  Notice the following:

  1. The most excruciating injury she ever had was when she stepped on broken glass.
  2. I wasn't expecting it to hurt, but actually the injection was excruciating.
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