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  4. I would say that it was a good day.
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1053 Banned by Customs

Shirley talks about her previous career working with the Customs Department in Australia.

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in a previous lifetime

Many years ago in a previous lifetime.

Something that happened in 'a previous lifetime', happened so long ago that is seems very distant or far back in one's history. Here are some examples.

  1. About 10 years ago, in a previous lifetime, I used to go out and party every night, but now I just stay at home and watch TV.
  2. In a previous lifetime, I used to run marathons. Now I can hardly walk around the block.

had its moments

Yeah, it had its moments.

To say something or someone 'has its moments' is to say that there were good points about it, even if it was sometimes difficult. Note the following examples.

  1. My dad was grumpy a lot of the time, but he did have his moments.
  2. Janet is generally a mediocre tennis player, but she does have her moments every so often.

death rate

The death rate for small animals is extremely high.

The 'death rate' is the percentage of deaths for a given population at a given time or in certain circumstances. See the examples below.

  1. The death rate for children at the turn of the 19th century was much higher than it is now.
  2. The death rate from car accidents is much higher than parachuting - but my mum still won't let me go!

something of that sort

Stuffing it into their backpack or something of that sort.

'Something of that sort' is a common expression to suggest a similar activity, action or thing. Note the following examples.

  1. If you bring cake to the picnic, please make it a cheesecake or something of that sort.
  2. His jeans were the baggy kind that hang low on your hips, or something of that sort.

all in all

There are lots of ways to do that but all in all, none of them are good for the birds.

'All in all' is an expression highlighting the final reason or feeling of something. Here are a couple of examples.

  1. Even though it rained, people had lots of fun and at a ton of food, so all in all, it was a successful barbecue.
  2. Your idea that we could take the train to Madrid is good, but all in all, I think I would prefer the bus.