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  1. I have never seen you wear a outfit like that.
  2. The of the band stayed the same, but a few members came and left.
  3. There have been many times when she has just in a concert.
  4. Can I give you a piece of criticism?
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688 The Fan
Ken talks about his favorite team, cheerleaders and good teammates.

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suck it up

For the past six or seven years, they have sucked it up royally.

Used like this, 'suck it up' means you do something really badly. It can be used for when someone usually plays well but is not playing badly. Notice the following:

  1. He's a very unreliable player. Sometimes he plays well, and sometimes he really sucks it up.
  2. I really sucked it up at tennis today.


There are signs of them turning it around because they've got a nice young core.

Here, 'core' refers to the main group of players. There are a few older players on the team, but for the most part the players are young. Notice the following:

  1. The entire core of the team is new players.
  2. Our group has a core of members who have been around for a while, but there are a few new members too.

skimpy outfits

The players aren't any more motivated just because the girls are dancing around in skimpy outfits.

A 'skimpy outfit' is one that doesn't cover much of your body. Notice the following:

  1. Halloween is just another time of year for women to wear skimpy outfits.
  2. She attracts lots of men, because she is always wearing skimpy outfits.

constructive criticism

They'll give you constructive criticism when you're not playing as well as you could be.

'Constructive criticism' is when someone points out something that you are doing wrong in an effort to help you improve. Notice the following:

  1. The course involves a lot of constructive criticism, which is not something that is easy to get used to.
  2. After each presentation, the group would give the person who presented some constructive criticism for next time.