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tripping • flinch • figures
laughed • glory
  1. The sound of chalk on a chalkboard always make me .
  2. She it will take at least three days for the package to get here.
  3. When I fell down on the ice, all my friends at me.
  4. I'll give you the rest of today to enjoy your moment of , but I want to see you back to work tomorrow.
  5. He is at that awkward stage in life where is always over his own feet.
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558 Embarrassing Moments

Todd and Mark share embarrassing moments.

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I was running with the football, there was nobody in front of me and I tripped.

If you hit your foot on something on the ground and you fall or you almost fall, we call this 'tripping.' Other people can trip you by trying to make you fall, or you can trip yourself by being careless. Notice the following:

  1. I was walking in front of the boy I liked when I tripped on the stairs and fell.
  2. Don't leave your toy in the middle of the floor.  Somebody will trip on it.


I saw her turn away and flinch.

'Flinch' can be used in two ways.  One is to describe a sudden facial expression of pain or disgust.  The other is to describe a bodily reaction, to pull away quickly from something that is dangerous or unpleasant.  Notice the following:

  1. He said he would go on a date with me, but as he turned away his face flinched.
  2. She flinched at the sound of the police siren.


Because she figured I was embarrassed.

If you make the assumption or think something is true, then you are 'figuring' it to be true.  For example, if someone has a birthday party in March, you will probably figure that her birthday is in March, but that may not be true.  Notice the following:

  1. He figured that he would buy her some flowers on the way to the hospital, but the florists were all closed.
  2. I figured you would be hungry after work, so I ordered pizza.

laugh at me

They just start laughing at me.

If somebody laughs at something you did, but it was not your intention to be funny, they are 'laughing at you.' Usually when people laugh at you it does not make you feel good. Notice the following:

  1. When the boy fell on the ice all of his friends laughed at him.
  2. I don't like it when you laugh at me for getting the answer wrong.

moment of glory

My moment of glory was ruined.

A 'moment of glory' is the period of time after you have accomplished to succeed in something and are feeling exceptionally good about yourself.  Maybe you are also receiving the compliments of others.  Notice the following:

  1. He enjoyed his moment of glory after scoring the winning goal in the championship game.
  2. After finding new job, I had brief moment of glory, but then I got into a car accident.


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