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has worked • out do • drives
equivalent • hold
  1. High-season for tourists up prices for everything here.
  2. We called all day, but we never got of them.
  3. Our neighbors always us when they decorate their house for the holidays.
  4. There are very few places in the world where this plan without problems.
  5. It is basically the of working a ten-hour day four days a week.
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331 Cuba and Japan

Ben compares the economic systems of Cuba and Japan.

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has worked

Probably the only place where communism has actually worked.

When something 'has worked' it means that it has been successful or functioned in the way that was planned.

Notice the following:

  1. I can't believe that it has worked!
  2. Our plan has worked! We won!

to out do

Competing with each other for advertising space, sort of trying to out do each other.

When you 'out do' someone it means that you do something bigger or better than them.

Notice the following:

  1. I will not let her out do me.
  2. If I do not try harder I will get out done.

drive up

Driving prices up.

When you 'drive something up' it means that you increase its value.

Notice the following:

  1. When the schools in an area are good it drives the house prices up.
  2. The new extension will drive the price of your hotel up.


Sell it for the equivalent of about 10 yen a glass.

When something is the 'equivalent' of something else it means that it is of equal value or the same as.

Notice the following:

  1. What is the equivalent of £50 in dollars?
  2. What is the American equivalent of a degree?

get hold of

No one would be able to sell any because they couldn't naturally get a hold of it.

When you are able to 'get hold of something' it means that you can acquire it easily. If you can 'get hold of someone' it means get in contact with him.

Notice the following:

  1. Do you think we can get hold of any free samples?
  2. I will phone him now I might be able to get hold of him.



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