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keep it up • splash • life expectancy
fluid intake • fermented • same boat
  1. After a hard workout you need to increase your to rehydrate yourself.
  2. The fact that he was overweight dramatically decreased his .
  3. This schedule is fine for a week, but I don't think I could .
  4. My brother and I used to each other in the pool.
  5. Wine is made from grapes.
  6. With all of the decreasing in funding there will be many teachers in the .
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992 Long Life
Monica and Todd discuss the secrets of having a long and healthy life.

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keep it up

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I couldn't keep it up.

To 'keep it up' means to continue doing something. Here, Todd could not continue taking cold showers because of the cold weather. Notice the following.

  1. I joined a fitness club and went almost every day, but I couldn't keep it up.
  2. Chin took a part time job at McDonald's, but she became so busy with school, she couldn't keep it up.

splash my face

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I need to splash my face with cold water.

We usually splash water with a fast movement of our hands. The water hits us, someone or something. Here are two samples.

  1. I had no time to shower so I splashed some water on my face and ran off to school.
  2. Thais celebrate the Thai New Year by splashing each other with water.

life expectancy

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Japanese people have a long life expectancy.

Life expectancy talks about how long people live. If you avoid smoking, get a lot exercise and eat healthy food, your life expectancy will probably be longer. Notice the samples.

  1. A recent study showed that smoking reduces life expectancy by 10 years.
  2. Regular exercise will not only increase your life expectancy, but also increase the number of years you are healthy.

fluid intake

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Their fluid intake is quite healthy.

'Fluid intake' talks about how much water, or in this case tea, we drink. Here are some samples.

  1. During the summer, you need to increase your fluid intake.
  2. Correct fluid intake is an important part of distance running.

fermented barley

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It is made from fermented barely.

Something that is fermented has been stored for a period of time causing a chemical change. This process is part of the production of alcoholic drinks such as wine and beer. Notice the sample sentences.

  1. Nearly all beer includes fermented barley as the main ingredient.
  2. Kimchee is a traditional  Korean dish made of fermented vegetables – mainly cabbage - and various seasonings.

in the same boat

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I'm kind of in the same boat.

To be 'in the same boat' means we have the same problem or situation as others. The phrase is usually negative. Notice the following.

  1. Min Ho didn't get the classes he wanted. We both registered late so we are in the same boat.
  2. Though many nations disagree about climate change, the fact is, we're all in the same boat.
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