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ritual • hushed • grumpy
chucked • thrown out
  1. This is a specific that she does before every basketball game.
  2. She got out of the game for being too aggressive.
  3. He got of class today, because he was being disruptive.
  4. I think my friends are talking about me behind my back, because they are chatting in tones whenever I see them.
  5. My second grade teacher was very looking, but she was nice.
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784 The Musuem

Shona shares what she thinks about museums and what she finds odd.

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a specific ritual

I think people tend to follow a specific ritual when they go into an art gallery.

A 'specific ritual' is something that one person or a group of people always does. It means that you do something a certain way each time.

Notice the following:

  1. When I prepare for a run I have a specific ritual that I do when I warm up.
  2. The religion has lots of specific rituals that are performed in the temple.

hushed tones

There are hushed tones as if it's like what you do when you go into church or chapel or temple.

'Hushed tones' are like whispers. It is when people talk with lowered voices, because they are trying not to make too much noise or they don't want other people to hear them.

Notice the following:

  1. I could not hear what they were saying, as they were talking in hushed tones.
  2. When you go into a library, it is polite to talk in hushed tones.

grumpy looking

It doesn't matter how grumpy looking the attendants are.

When somebody is 'grumpy looking,' it means that they do not look very happy.

Notice the following:

  1. I do not think I am going to like my new teacher, as she looks very grumpy looking.
  2. You are very grumpy looking today.

chucked out

Have you ever seen someone talking loudly and they've been chucked out of an art gallery or museum for doing so?

When you get 'chucked out' of somewhere, it means that you are asked to leave, because you are doing something wrong or disruptive.

Notice the following:

  1. Please don't do that; you might get us chucked out.
  2. He always gets chucked out for being too noisy.

thrown out

If I get thrown out, it's my fault.

When you are 'thrown out' of somewhere, it means that you are asked to leave due to bad behavior. This has the same meaning as 'chucked out.'

Notice the following:

  1. The man was that drunk, so he got thrown out of the bar.
  2. I was worried that we were going to get thrown out, as we were talking too loudly.



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