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compulsive • tame • wee • sedentary • drove
nauseous • insomnia • worry • tendency
  1. Don't be such a wart. Everything is going to be fine.
  2. If you stay awake until the hours of the morning every day, you will always be tired.
  3. That smell is kind of making me .
  4. is a huge problem for me when I get stressed.
  5. I need to find a job that isn't so .
  6. His older brothers are crazy, but he's always been very .
  7. It's her to apologize for things that are not her fault.
  8. She is very about doing exercise every day.
  9. There was a women who talked on her phone almost the whole bus ride and me crazy.
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1237 Freaks and Animals

Julia and Todd discuss names for people with certain habits or lifestyles.

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compulsively

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A fitness freak is someone who exercises compulsively.

If you do something 'compulsively,' you have an irresistible desire to do it. It's like something inside of you tells you that you must do it. Notice the following:

  1. It's hard to relax around him, because he compulsively does things with his hands.
  2. She is always compulsively touching her hair.

tame

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I've always been pretty tame.

Here, 'tame' is the opposite of wild. Instead of being a crazy party boy, Todd was calmer and more relaxed. Notice the following:

  1. Her boyfriend is a little too tame for her.
  2. She's usually kind of wild at bars, but she was tame tonight.

wee hours

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Did you come home in the wee hours of the morning?

The 'wee hours' of the morning would be the time when the sun starts coming up. Notice the following:

  1. I'm exhausted because I was awake until the wee hours of the morning finishing this paper last night.
  2. He always stays out until the wee hours of the morning when he goes out with his friends.

sedentary

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He spends a lot of time sedentary compared to me.

You are 'sedentary' when you don't move around very much or do physical activity. Watching TV is a sedentary action. Notice the following:

  1. After breaking her leg, she had to be completely sedentary for six weeks.
  2. He has gained a lot of weight since he started a more sedentary job.

drives me nuts

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I have to have something to read. It drives me nuts.

Something that 'drives you nuts' irritates you or makes you feel crazy. Notice the following:

  1. It drives me nuts the way he talks with food in his mouth.
  2. This song drives him nuts, so I always play it when he is around.

nauseous

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I can't read on transport because I get nauseous.

When are 'nauseous, ' you feel like you want to vomit. Notice the following:

  1. This medicine will keep you from getting nauseous in the car.
  2. I think I ate too many sweets, because I'm feeling very nauseous now.
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