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Sunday school • bribe • most people know
Sunday best • get away with • get told off
  1. As , there is no road between Panama and Colombia.
  2. We saw the boy by his mother.
  3. Did you see what I made in ?
  4. Did you a lot when you were a child?
  5. We tried to the police officer, but he got angry and gave us a bigger ticket.
  6. All the children were wearing their for the party.
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997 The Prank
Shirley talks about a prank she and her brothers did on the locals in her area.

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take (something) out

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I found a cupboard on the street and I took the door out.

Here, ‘take the door out’ means to remove the door from the cupboard. Notice the following.

  1. Last week my computer crashed so I took the main-board out and replaced it.
  2. When I edit my writing, I usually start by taking out all unnecessary words.

the fathers of surrealists

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He was called one of the fathers of surrealists.

When we talk about ‘the father of ‘something, it usually means the person who started it or made the greatest contribution. Here are two samples.

  1. Louis Armstrong inspired millions and is the true father of jazz.
  2. Sigmund Freud is often referred to as the father of modern psychology.

better than

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There was one better than the other.

We usually hear this idiom spoken as ‘each was better than the last’. In this conversation, each new painting Yuri saw was more interesting than the one before. Notice the samples.

  1. I love U2. For me, each CD is better than the last.
  2. I could never judge a Miss Universe Pageant. Each contestant looks more beautiful than the last.

look through

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Looking through your paintings, they’re all so colorful.

When we ‘look through’ a collection of things, we look at everything at one time. Here are some samples.

  1. She looked through her wardrobe, but couldn’t find anything to wear.
  2. When my wife and I looked through our old wedding photos, we laughed at how thin we were.

dark paintings

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Do you have any kind of dark paintings?

A 'dark' painting, movie, or book makes us feel sad or serious. Notice the sample sentences.

  1. After his dog died, it was a dark time in the young boy’s life.
  2. I find dark movies much more interesting than action movies or comedies.
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