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  1. She basically has a fit if anyone touches her things.
  2. She's so sad that she cannot be to fix herself up and go out to have some fun.
  3. When he started talking about inventing his own language, we knew he'd really gone off the .
  4. You can try to stay awake all night, but at a point you will have to get some sleep.
  5. He watches TV with the volume so up that nobody can even have a conversation.
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1194 His Bad Habits

Maria talks with Alex about some of his bad habits that he thinks he should change.

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cannot be bothered

My mother taught me to cook well, but sometimes I just cannot be bothered.

When you 'cannot be bothered' to do something, you think it takes too much time and effort. Notice the following:

  1. Sometimes I cannot be bothered to dry my hair.
  2. He cannot be bothered to get out of bed right now.

crank up

I have to crank the air conditioning up to really, really high.

You can use the phrasal verb 'crank up' to refer to using something at a high level or to its full potential. Cranking up the air conditioning means that you are using the air conditioning on high power at its coldest setting. Notice the following:

  1. I love this song. Crank it up.
  2. I'm freezing. We need to crank up the heat in here.

a conniption fit

I lost my key the other day and nearly had a conniption fit.

A 'conniption fit' is a hysterical outburst of emotions, usually anger, frustration or worry. Notice the following:

  1. If I don't find my keys in the next five minutes I am going to have a conniption fit.
  2. When she doesn't get her way she has little conniption fits.

at a certain point

At a certain point you have to drink water.

When you get to 'a certain point,' it means that you have reached a certain place or level.  Notice the following:

  1. At a certain point I knew that I would never be able to swim to the other side.
  2. At a certain point it really doesn't matter if it gets much colder because you can't feel your feet anyway.

go off the deep end

I don't go too far off the deep end.

Here, going 'too far off the deep end' refers to getting too drunk or going too crazy. Notice the following:

  1. When he hears that news, he is going to go off the deep end.
  2. Keeping things at the house organized usually keeps her from going off the deep end.