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implants • vain • sign me up
and tuck • maintenance
  1. The doctor told me that many women in my age group do minor on their bodies.
  2. It's so obvious that she got lip. Why is she denying it?
  3. She asked if I wanted to join a women's group with her, and I told her to .
  4. You won't look like a different person. It's just a little nip .
  5. I don't know how she can be so when she's not even that beautiful.
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656 Plastic Surgery
Wendi and Todd talk about plastic surgery and what they think about it.

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What do you think about plastic surgery, like lip or breast implants?

Here, 'implants' refers to artificial material that is put surgically put into your body to make you look better or to return to how you looked previously.  Notice the following:

  1. Some women in this country get implants in their legs.
  2. Do you think those are implants or real?


I used to think people who do those things are so vain.

A 'vain' person is overly proud or concerned about her own physical appearance. Notice the following:

  1. She's really vain. I always see her looking at herself in the mirror.
  2. He always has pretty girlfriends, but they are never vain.

sign me up

I thought it is so not cool, but now, I'm like, "Sign me up!"

You can say 'Sign me up!' to show that you would be interested in doing something. In this case, Wendi is saying she would be interested in an implant procedure. Notice the following:

  1. You're going to a basketball game this weekend? Sign me up too!
  2. I asked her if she would watch the kids on Friday night, and she said, "Sign me up!"

nip and tuck

As women get older, I think it's okay if they would nip and tuck here and there.

'Nip and tuck' is used to describe plastic or cosmetic surgery. It implies cutting and moving of skin. Notice the following:

  1. If you are interested in a little nip and tuck, I can recommend an excellent doctor.
  2. I respect celebrities who have never had any nip and tuck done.

minor maintenance

Now, I think there's nothing wrong with doing minor maintenance.

When you perform 'minor maintenance' you get services done to keep things how they should be. Here, Wendi is saying that she would get minor surgery to keep her body looking young. Notice the following:

  1. It isn't a big eye surgery, just minor maintenance.
  2. Your car looks pretty good, but there is some minor maintenance that needs to be done.