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low on cash • spend it wisely • hanging around • threw him out • speaking of • lay low
  1. movies, have you seen Thor yet?
  2. My grandparents always give me money for my birthday and tell me to .
  3. She's not feeling very well so she is just going to tonight.
  4. We are just the house today, so come by if you have time.
  5. He had to fix his car so he's a little .
  6. He was 36 years old when his parents finally into the real world.
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989 Grad Plans
George and Crystal discuss jobs and life after college.

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a little low on cash


I'm a little low on cash.

'A little low on cash' means we do not have much money. Note the following.

  1. I just paid the rent so I'm a little low on cash.
  2. Jack is always a little low on cash before payday.

spend it wisely


You should spend it wisely.

When we spend money wisely, we don't waste it on unnecessary things.. Here are two samples.

  1. I have only a part time job on weekends so I need to spend my money wisely.
  2. My best friend buys everything she sees and doesn't spend her money wisely.

just hanging around


I enjoy hanging around the mall on weekends.

'Hanging around' means doing nothing special. Notice the samples.

  1. Jason spent the weekend just hanging around at home watching TV.
  2. The boys spend their free time just hanging around the video arcade playing games.

thrown out into the real world


I am afraid of being thrown out into the real world.

Being 'thrown out into the real world' is a time when we leave our parents home, get a job and live on our own. Here are some samples.

  1. Marks parents agreed it was time to throw him out into the real world.
  2. After graduation, I was a little scared of being thrown out into the real world.

speaking of which


Speaking of which, how about we go to grad school?

We use the phrase 'speaking of which' when we or someone else begins talking about a topic that reminds us of something similar. Notice the following.

  1. I'm glad to hear you're graduating. Speaking of which, when is the ceremony?
  2. Sarah just got a part time job. Speaking of which, are you still working at Häagen-Dazs?

lay low


I think it's best to lay low.

Here, 'lay low' means to take time off and think about our future plans. Notice the samples.

  1. I'm going to just lay low for awhile; maybe travel a bit. Then I'll think about getting a job.
  2. For spring break we decided to lay low and just hang around the house.