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calm down • cut in line • opinion
back down • under control
  1. She acts tough but always when someone challenges her.
  2. Did you see that man in front of us?
  3. We have a difference in , be we agree to disagree.
  4. The police have the fight .
  5. The police told the men to or they would arrest them.
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Mixer 136 Arguing with a stranger

Listen to six people discuss if they have ever gotten into an argument with a stranger in public.

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calm down

It's the holiday season. Please calm down.

You tell someone to calm down if you think they are too angry, anxous, or energetic. Notice the following:

  1. You are too loud. You need to calm down.
  2. The teacher tried to calm down the lively class.

cut in line

One thing I cannot abide is people cutting in line.

When you cut in line, you go before people who have been waitng in a line to get something. Notice the following:

  1. Did you see that man just cut in line in front of me?
  2. In some cultures it is common to cut in line, while in others it is a big offense.

difference in opinion

We had difference in opinion about whose fault it was.

When people have a diffence in opinion, the think differently about something. Notice the following:

  1. We have a difference in opinion about that movie.
  2. Even best friends often have a difference in opinion.

backed down

We sort of both backed down.

When people back down, they withdraw from a conflict. Notice the following:

  1. The man threatened to hit me, but he backed down once he saw the police arrive.
  2. I started to yell at my boss, but then I backed down when I realized I needed my job.

under control

It was under control after a few minutes.

When something is under control, it is managable. Notice the following:

  1. The fire fighters got the fire under control.
  2. Things were crazy for awhile, but eventually everything got under control.