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strike me • same boat • freeze
you gotta • last minute
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Answer the following questions about the interview.

1033 Weekend Wrap-up

Edwin gives a rundown of how he spend his weekend.

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you don't strike me


You don't strike me as the shopping type.

The expression "you don't strike me" as something means that you do not seem that type of person or that you would do that type of thing. You have surprised my expectation of you in some way.

  1. I thought you liked book shops and libraries, you don't strike me as the sporting type.
  2. I was surprised to hear that you are married, you don't strike me as the settled down type.

a couple of hundred


I spent a couple of hundred dollars.

"A couple of " something usually means 2 or 3 of something. A small number of things.

  1. The weather forecast shows rain for the next couple of days.
  2. Come to our barbecue on Saturday and bring a couple of bottles of beer and we'll cook the steaks.



I don't want to freeze.

"Freeze" literally means to change from a liquid to a solid state. It is often used to mean something is very, very cold.

  1. I went skating without my gloves and my hands are freezing.
  2. Building a snowman is fun if my hands don't freeze off first.

in the same boat


I'm in the same boat. I don't drive.

This expression means to share something with another person; an experience or quality.

  1. Traveling in Thailand communication was difficult. We were all in the same boat because nobody spoke the local language.
  2. Climate change has put many different countries in the same boat as they try to manage serious natural disasters.

You gotta ....


You gotta take the train.

"Gotta" is a contraction of "you have got to" meaning that you must do something.

  1. You gotta get the lights on your car fixed before you have an accident.
  2. My mum says you gotta eat your carrots to keep your eyes healthy.

until the last minute


Did you wait until the last minute.

This expression means to not do something until the very latest moment possible.

  1. Jack was supposed to meet me at the bus stop and I waited until the last minute but he didn't come.
  2. If you wait until the last minute to study for a test, you will probably feel stressed and not do well.