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reached out • weird feeling • yanked me
how close • transport
  1. Cutting off all your hair is a very .
  2. My brother out of the way of the bicycle.
  3. The monkey of the cage and touched my arm.
  4. They use trains to produced from the south.
  5. I can't believe she came to marrying him.
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269 Unpleasant surprise
Gloria talks about having a scary visitor in Thailand.

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reached out

I reached out to grab the clothes, and something dark rose up and spread out.

When you 'reach out' you extend your hand in front of you to touch something. Notice the following:

  1. I reached out my hand to pay the woman.
  2. The man reached out to stop her from crossing the street.

weirdest feeling

It was the weirdest feeling.

A 'weird feeling' is strange or unusual sensation, something that you are not used to. Notice the following:

  1. It was the weirdest feeling to know I didn't have a job or a house and that I was moving to a new country.
  2. Getting stitches is one of the weirdest feelings ever.

yank out

I felt like a hand grabbed me from behind and yanked me out of the cabin.

If you 'yank something out' of a place you grab it and pull it away quickly. Notice the following:

  1. I didn't want to yank the gum out of my hair because I knew that it would hurt.
  2. Just when I thought the movie couldn't get worse the man yanked out a gun.

how close I came

It's frightening to me to think how close I came.

We can use the phrase 'how close I came' to talk about physical closeness or distance to something.  We can also use it to refer to something that could have easily happened.  In this case, Gloria was both physically close to the snake and something terrible could have happened. Notice the following:

  1. It's incredible how close she came to getting all A's.
  2. I can't believe how close I came to hitting that tree.


The snakes might have come in when they transported wood.

When you 'transport' something you move it from one place to another. Notice the following:

  1. We will send a taxi to transport you from the airport to your hotel.
  2. All of these fruits were transported from the northern part of the country.