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bothered • flow • rabies
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  1. It's a great job opportunity, but the is that you have to work strange hours.
  2. You might have to get that cut on your leg up.
  3. I don't know why you to clean your house before a party.
  4. You've pretty much me on the car. I just have a few more questions.
  5. They usually give shots if you are bitten by any type of animal.
  6. It will take a few weeks of training before you get into a normal work .
  7. I usually use a lot of hand when I speak.
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1249 Life on the Road

Todd talks about his time as a digital nomad, working without a permanent residence.

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bother

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If you go to the touristy spots, people will just assume you're a tourist, and nobody will bother to meet you.

When you 'bother' to do something, you make an effort to do it. Notice the following:

  1. I don't know why you bother exercising if you are just going to eat fast food.
  2. Should I even bother asking him to come? I know he is going to say no.

normal work flow

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You meet people at the gym after work, and you kind of feel like you're in the normal work flow.

The 'normal work flow' refers to the average schedule of a normal working day. Notice the following:

  1. After a few years of strange hours, it's nice to be back in normal work flow.
  2. Working at restaurants means that you aren't really part of the normal work flow.

rabies shots

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I had to get a rabies shot, and it was really cheap.

'Rabies' is a type of disease that animals can pass to humans through biting. A 'rabies shot' is an injection that prevents rabies. Notice the following:

  1. Usually you have to get a rabies shot if an animal bites you.
  2. Doctors always suggest you get a rabies shot if you plan to travel overseas.

sew (you) up

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You've just got to go to the hospital and they'll sew you right up.

You get 'sown up' when you have a bad cut in your skin and you have to close it with thread. Notice the following:

  1. She fell on rocks when she was biking, and she had to get a cut sewn up on her elbow.
  2. He stepped on a big piece of glass and had to get his foot sewn up.

gestures/ get by

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I know a lot of gestures, so I got by.

'Gestures' are movements that you do with your hands. When you 'get by,' it means that you survive and do the things that you need to do. Notice the following:

  1. It can be very confusing when gestures aren't the same in countries that you visit.
  2. I don't know how you get by on so little sleep.

sell someone

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Have I sold you? Would you like to give it a try?

Here, 'selling someone' means convincing them that something is a good idea. Notice the following:

  1. You've almost sold me on the importance of vitamins.
  2. It didn't take her long to sell them on how great the new products were.

the catch

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Forcing yourself to work, that's the catch.

'The catch' refers to the part of something that is difficult when the rest of it seems to be easy or good. Notice the following:

  1. The only catch to working here is that you have to smell coffee all day.
  2. That sounds like a great deal. What's the catch?
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