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addictive • needle • scalpel
grind • his mind
  1. Getting my most recent tattoo is the longest time I've spend under the .
  2. I know you don't want to go tonight, but just your teeth and bear it.
  3. I don't think we will ever understand what was going through when he did that.
  4. Never start smoking, because cigarettes are really .
  5. Be careful that you don't cut your finger with the .
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664 Rina's First Tattoo
Rina talks about the first tattoos she ever got and her thoughts about them.

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It's true what they say that they're very addictive.

When something is 'addictive,' it's hard to stop doing. In this case, once you get one tattoo, you just want to keep getting more. Notice the following:

  1. These chips are really addictive.
  2. Don't you think that exercise is kind of addictive?

under the needle

Were you expecting to be under the needle for twelve hours?

Here, 'under the needle' is the time when the tattoo artist is drawing on your skin. They use a needle to put the ink into your body. Notice the following:

  1. The worst part about being under the needle isn't the pain; it's the sound.
  2. How many hours did you spend under the needle for that tattoo? It's huge!


Somebody told me it's like a thousand burning scalpels going down your body.

A 'scalpel' is a small, sharp knife that is used in surgery. Notice the following:

  1. We use scalpels to cut plants in biology class.
  2. If you are a surgeon, you have to have a steady hand to use the scalpel.

going through your mind

When you were getting that tattoo done, what was going through your mind?

Whatever is 'going through your mind' is what you are thinking about. Notice the following:

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  2. How could you have done something like that? What was going through your mind?

grind your teeth and bear it

It really hurts but you just kind of grind your teeth and bear it.

When you 'grind your teeth and bear it,' it means that you close your mouth very tightly and just endure the situation. Even though it might be painful, just don't scream with pain. We can also use this phrase isn't physically painful, but it is socially uncomfortable. Notice the following:

  1. You don't look like you're having a good time. It's more like you're just grinding your teeth and bearing it.
  2. This next part is going to hurt a bit. Do you want me to give you medicine, or will you just grind your teeth and bear it.