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clutching • gall bladder • squirted out
cope • laser
  1. They are seeing a therapist to help them with problems in their marriage.
  2. It's actually a surgery, so you don't even get a big scar.
  3. All of this mayonnaise really fast.
  4. He has a problem in the tube that connects his to his liver.
  5. Is something wrong? I notice you are your stomach.
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701 Emergency

Barbara talks about having to go to the hospital for a serious condition.

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clutching my stomach

I was clutching my stomach, I had so much pain.

When you 'clutch your stomach,' it means that you hold on to the area around your tummy with both hands. Usually people do this if they are in pain.

Notice the following:

  1. He was walking towards the bathroom clutching his stomach.
  2. She was clutching her stomach and crying with pain.

gall bladder

There is an organ called the gall bladder and the job of this organ is to hold some liquid.

The 'gall bladder' is one of the organs in your body. It stores a liquid, which is made by the liver, that is used to help you digest your food.

Notice the following:

  1. I am not very good at biology, I always forget what the gall bladder does.
  2. I think he had to have his gall bladder removed.

squirted out

The bile from the gall bladder is squirted out and goes into, perhaps your stomach or intestine.

When something 'squirts out,' it means that it is a liquid which is pushed out of something else with force.

Notice the following:

  1. I took the laundry bottle and squirted out all of the liquid.
  2. When I squeezed the balloon all of the air squirted out.

help you cope

There it does something to help you cope with the oil.

When something 'helps you cope,' it means that it aids the way in which you deal with something to make the experience easier.

Notice the following:

  1. I go for a run every day, because it helps me to cope with the stress from my job.
  2. Sometimes exercise helps people to cope with depression.

laser surgery

Some people have laser surgery, where the doctors aim a laser at the stones.

'Laser surgery' is a type of medical procedure that surgeons use to operate on people with lasers. A 'laser' is an intense beam of light that can be used to cut or dissolve material in the body.

Notice the following:

  1. I would like to have laser surgery on my eyes as I don't like wearing glasses.
  2. They use laser surgery in most hospitals now.


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