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1193 His Change

Maria talks with Alex about things he thinks he should change about himself.

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abs

I don't think I'll ever get abs.

'Abs' is a short and informal way of saying 'abdominal muscles,' which are the muscles in your stomach that can create lines on your stomach if you are in really good physical shape. Notice the following:

  1. He has always had really strong abs.
  2. My abs hurt from going to the gym yesterday.

descendent

I don't think I'll ever get abs because my descendents.

Here, Alex is talking about his ancestors and where they came from.  Notice the following:

  1. It is exciting for her to know what all of her descendants are doing.
  2. After my great-grandfather moved to Canada in the early 1900s, all of his descendants were born here.

lineage

My lineage is French and Irish.

A person's lineage is their ancestry or the history of the people in their family.  This word is very similar in meaning to 'descendent.' Notice the following:

  1. He believes that most of the capabilities that he possesses come from his lineage.
  2. She was raised in the United States, but her lineage is Vietnamese.

cut people out

I wish I had the strength to cut some people out of my life.

When you 'cut a person out' of your life, it means that you no longer maintain contact or see them. Notice the following:

  1. If anyone in her life makes a mistake, she cuts them out right away.
  2. Your friends keep you too busy and stressful. It's time that you cut some people out of your life.

a drag

They have become kind of a bit of a drag, let's say.

Something that holds you back personally or makes you sad can be called 'a drag.' Notice the following:

  1. It is a real drag to have a broken arm in the summer, because you can't go swimming.
  2. It's kind of a drag that you are sick on your birthday.

 

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