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pushing • embrace • reconstruct
scary • stereotype
  1. We will probably have to completely the balcony next summer, because it is unsafe.
  2. This winter I have decided to the cold weather and spend more time outside.
  3. This book is as hell. It's hard for me to fall asleep at night.
  4. It's a horrible that Mexicans are lazy, but it's not true.
  5. For some reason she is her friends and family away.
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572 Lebannon

Rina talks about her time in Lebannon, the country of her roots.

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push away

I spent a lot of my younger years pushing it away because, you know, I was different.

If you 'push something away,' you want to create a distance between yourself and this thing.  This can be physical or emotional distance.  Notice the following:

  1. When he finished his sandwich, he pushed his plate away.
  2. I spent two years pushing him away before he became my boyfriend.


Last summer was the first time I was embracing my culture.

If you 'embrace' something, then you accept it happily or willingly.  This is a very positive word.  Notice the following:

  1. Her family embraced her new husband.
  2. My boss not only liked the idea, he embraced it.


Right now, they're reconstructing everything because of the civil war.

If you 'reconstruct' something, you build it again or fix it because it has been destroyed.  We use this to describe fixing physical things as well as more emotional things, like friendships or relationships.  Notice the following:

  1. The are going to reconstruct the farm where my great-grandparents lived.
  2. They are trying to reconstruct the trust in their relationship.

scary as hell

It's all mountains, so it's scary as hell.

If something is 'scary as hell,' it is very scary.  Notice the following:

  1. The new horror movie is scary as hell.
  2. I saw the accident happen.  It was scary as hell.


It's that stereotype of the Middle East.

A 'stereotype' is a common idea that people have about a certain area, country race, age, etc.  Stereotypes are usually negative and cause people to make judgments.  Notice the following:

  1. He doesn't fulfill any of the stereotypes of a criminal.
  2. That books supports a lot of negative stereotypes about Americans.


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