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daunting • stick • up to
come up • on the spot
  1. I admire how she was able to with such a witty remark.
  2. If it was me, I wouldn't let her go.
  3. They just the paper in front of you and have you read it.
  4. He felt overwhelmed by such a task.
  5. She had to answer all the reporter's questions .
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1121 Teen Host

Shifani talks about what it was like to be a DJ when she was quite young.

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It was very daunting at first.

Something that is daunting seems very difficult. Notice the following:

  1. It was a daunting task.
  2. The amount of homework he assigned was daunting.


Did they just stick you in front of the mic and have you react?

In this context, 'stick' has the same meaning as 'put'. Notice the following:

  1. Stick it in your bag and read it later.
  2. Put it in your bag and read it later.

(be) up to

It was all up to me.

Something that is up to us, is our decision. Notice the following:

  1. How much time I spend is up to me.
  2. The decision is not up to me.

come up with

I had to come up with stuff.

When we come up with something, that means we think of a new idea. Notice the following:

  1. We had to quickly come up with a new plan.
  2. Have you come up with anything yet?

on the spot

I had to think of stuff on the spot.

To think of something on the spot means to think quickly or instantly. Notice the following:

  1. He had to answer difficult questions on the spot.
  2. The TV reporters put him on the spot.