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container • shame • tricks
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  1. The rain ruined your plans? That's a.
  2. Don't be so . Be happy with what you have.
  3. I usually try to bring a with me when I want to order soup to take home.
  4. I want you to be at home here. to do whatever you want.
  5. Don't give up now. I've still got a few up my sleeve.
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#540 Dinner

Ruth and Akane discuss dinner plans and food.

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I just came to pick up my plastic container that I lent you the other day.

A 'container' is anything that is designed to hold something, usually food, to store it or save it.  A container usually has a top, but can come in a variety of sizes. A common type of container is Tupperware. Notice the following:

  1. Did you find a container that's big enough for the soup?
  2. I bring my lunch to work in a container.

that's a shame

Oh, no. That's a shame. I would have really liked some of those, too.

'That's a shame' is like saying 'that's too bad.'  You can use this phrase when you feel sorry for someone.  Notice the following:

  1. That's a shame that she was sick on her birthday.
  2. That's a real shame that you spilled coffee on your shirt before the meeting.

tricks up your sleeve

Oh, I'm sure there's a few tricks up your sleeve as well.

'Tricks up your sleeve' usually refers to surprise actions or unexpected solutions to a problem.  Notice the following:

  1. My grandfather always had a few tricks up his sleeve to entertain his grandchildren.
  2. I'm not ready to give up yet.  I've still got a few tricks up my sleeve.


Then we wouldn't feel so bad when we're greedy.

If you are 'greedy,' then you always want and want and want.  You always want more than what you have and more than other people.  You are never satisfied.  Notice the following:

  1. That is the biggest piece of cake.  Don't be greedy now.
  2. She never shares with the other children and is really greedy.

feel free

Feel free to bring some around.

To 'feel free' to do something is to feel comfortable to do it.  It is an open invitation that someone offers you.  Notice the following:

  1. Feel free to come over after you finish eating.  We will be here watching a movie.
  2. He doesn't really feel free to be himself around us.


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