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no longer • prematurely • detractors
burden • hold up
  1. He could not to the pressure.
  2. He had the of taking care of his ailing father.
  3. That store is there.
  4. She spoke in the meeting and upset the boss.
  5. His say he spends too much money on bad projects.
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1062 Famous Americans

Cheryl and Nick continue their conversation about famous people from their countries.

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no longer around

But he's no longer around unfortunately.

When someone is no longer around, that means they are not there or not present any more. In the example above, the speaker says "he is no longer around" to politely refer that the person is dead. Here are a few more examples:

  1. That man is no longer around. I don't know what happened to him.
  2. Sadly he is no longer with us. He passed away.


He won it prematurely.

When something is premature, that means it happened too early. Things that are premature often need a little more time before they are ready. Notice the following:

  1. The baby was born prematurely at seven months but survived.
  2. The man spoke prematurely and told the woman information she did not need to know.


His detractors say he has not done very much.

A detractor is a person who is critical of someone and often not a fan or supporter of them. Detractors like to point out negative things about people. Notice the following:

  1. Every politician has his or her detractors.
  2. Leaders often use war to quiet their detractors.

big burden

Being president is a big burden.

A burden is a responsibility one has to take because of their position. Any leader has the burden of taking care of the people below them. Notice the following:

  1. Parenthood is a joy, but also a big burden.
  2. After winning the lottery, he didn't like the burden of having to manage his money.

hold up

He has to hold up to the pressure.

When we hold someone up to pressure that means we hold them up so everyone can see them or watch what they do. In order to hold up to pressure, one needs to succeed and not fail. Notice the following:

  1. Some athletes cannot hold up to the pressure of playing in a big game.
  2. She help up to the pressure of being the first woman CEO.