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build-up • nuisance • a clue
 unheard of • good cause
  1. I don't think she has what she is doing.
  2. Wearing shorts in the winter is basically .
  3. It makes me feel good to donate to a .
  4. The bees were quite a at the fair.
  5. There was a lot of before the concert.
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933 Sharron's Christmas
Sharron talks about how she feels during the Christmas season.

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the build-up

Well, the build-up is a bit of a nuisance really.

'The build up' is a period of planning or promotion before a big event.  Notice the following:

  1. There was a lot of build-up to the wedding and then it was over.
  2. There is often a lot of build-up for any Leo DiCaprio movie.


The traffic is a bit of a nuisance.

A nuisance is someone or something that makes us a little angry.  Notice the following:

  1. Mosquitoes are such a nuisance in summer.
  2. The noisy child was such a nuisance, his mother finally let him eat ice-cream for dinner.

not a clue

I haven't got a clue why it is called Boxing Day.

The phrase 'I haven't got a clue' simply means 'I don't know'.  Notice the following:

  1. I don't have a clue as to why he did not come.
  2. I could not answer the question. I didn't have a clue.

unheard of

They have a swim which is unheard of in winter.

Something that is unheard of is very unusual.  Notice the following:

  1. It is unheard of for rich people to give away all their money.
  2. In the 18th century, It was unheard of for men have short hair.

a good cause

People give donations and it's all in a good cause.

An event or organization that helps people is a good cause.  Notice the following:

  1. Helping the homeless is a good cause.
  2. People gave to the charity because it was a good cause.