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out of my own • go up • bucks
awkward • cheesy
  1. I am too shy to to people at parties and start a conversation.
  2. My teacher is really . He thinks he is funny but he is not.
  3. I felt at the meeting because I did not finish my work.
  4. I paid for the ticket pocket.
  5. It only costs three to see a movie before 4 pm.
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1080 Other Bad Jobs

Monica and Todd continue their talk about previous jobs they disliked.

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cheesy

Everyone thought I was really cheesy.

When something is cheesy, it is really silly and not genuine. When someone acts cheesy, they appear silly and people often tell them so. Here are a few examples using cheesy:

  1. He is so cheesy. No one takes him seriously.
  2. He gave us a cheesy smile.

bucks

I paid the eight bucks.

A "buck" is a dollar in American slang. So three bucks is three dollars. You only use the term "buck" in casual conversation. You would use the term "dollar" in business settings. Notice the following:

  1. I need five bucks to buy lunch.
  2. Do you have two bucks I can borrow?

out of my own pocket.

I just paid for it out of my own pocket.

When you pay for something "out of pocket" that means you use your own money for something you should not have to pay for. Often when people pay out of pocket, they get the money back in a reimbursement. Here are few more example sentences:

  1. His boss paid for his hospital bills out of his own pocket.
  2. On business trips, pay for expenses out of your own pocket.The company will reimburse you later.

go up

I had to go up to people and try to sell roses.

The verb phrase "to go up" to someone, means to approach a person or people. You can use the phrase also for approaching things, like "go up to the white board". Notice the following:

  1. I hate going up to people I do not know.
  2. I went up to the man and told him to be quiet.

look awkward

It makes the guy look awkward.

When you "look awkward" you look different and out of place. One can look awkward or feel awkward. Here are a few examples:

  1. He looked awkward standing on the street in his pajamas.
  2. I looked awkward being the only single person at the party.
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