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sew up • mechanism • chain smoker
good shape • euthanize
  1. Telling jokes seems to be his defense .
  2. He was not in after the accident.
  3. He started smoking at age 10, and by 20 has become a .
  4. Whether or not to a patient is a huge moral issue.
  5. The vet thought it wasn't necessary to the dog's wound.
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1139 Sea Turtles

Dusty talks about his experience helping sea turtled that have been hurt.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

sew up wounds

We help sew up wounds.

To sew up a wound means to treat it by stitching the skin closed. Notice the following:

  1. The doctor sewed up the wound and sent me home.
  2. The wound is small so it won't be necessary to sew it up.

defense mechanism

It's a defense mechanism.

A defense mechanism is our brain and body's way of naturally protecting us in dangerous situations. Notice the following:

  1. Don't mind my barking dog. That's just his defense mechanism.
  2. When the quake hit, his defense mechanism told to him to run outside.

chain smoker

They're chain smokers.

A chain smoker is someone who smokes many cigarettes a day, one after another. Notice the following:

  1. My boss is a chain smoker.
  2. I was a chain smoker before I quit.

not in good shape

Tne turtle was not in a good shape.

When we are not in good shape, that means we are in poor health. Notice the following:

  1. After years of junk food, and no exercise, he was not in good shape.
  2. They survived the accident, but they're not in good shape.


The best thing would be to euthanize it.

To euthanize a person or animal means to help them die so they will not suffer anymore. Notice the following:

  1. Euthanasia is illegal in my country.
  2. The veterinarian decided to euthanize the sick old dog.