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hooligans • local area • bizarre
take over • full scale
  1. I just moved here, so I don't know the very well.
  2. He was only going to invite a few people, but it quickly turned into a party.
  3. She is going to my position when I leave.
  4. It snowed in May this year, which is .
  5. There aren't many causing problems around here.
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287 Hooligans
Mark talks about hooligans and football in England.

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I once came across a hooligan.

A 'hooligan' is a rough young person who doesn't follow the law and is known to commit crimes. Notice the following:

  1. Do you think that a group of hooligans did this?
  2. He was a bit of a hooligan before he joined the Army.

local area

I know quite a few hooligans in my local area.

Your 'local area' is the area around where you live. Notice the following:

  1. There are very few crimes in the local area.
  2. My local area has many opportunities to be active.


Hooligan groups have bizarre names.

A 'bizarre' name is one that is not normal, usual or common. It is unique or strange. Notice the following:

  1. That's bizarre.  He's never late.
  2. It is a really bizarre story and I don't know if I believe it.

take over

The hooligans try to take over the other teams' bars and pubs.

If you 'take over' something you conquer it and take it into your possession or control. Notice the following:

  1. My parents took over responsibility for my cat when I left.
  2. His company was taken over last year.


I've been to some games where there has actually been full-scale riots.

Something that is 'full-scale' is fully functioning or complete.  This means that it is not just little fights that are happening, but complete chaos and riots. Notice the following:

  1. We are hoping to have full scale factory running here next year.
  2. What started out as a friendly discussion quickly turned into a full-scale fight.