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work yourself • first place • pile
mountain • hoarders
  1. Her habit of reading the newspaper every day creates a big paper by the end of the week.
  2. Both my parents are big so it took forever for them to move out of their house.
  3. The pool is really cold so you need to up to getting in.
  4. I completely forgot why I came into this room in the .
  5. That is a of clothes I am going to give away. Look at them and see if you want anything.
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367 Messy Room
Marion discusses what she needs to do with her messy room.

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work myself up to

I'm just looking around and trying to work myself up to actually cleaning it.

When you 'work yourself up' to something it means that you get yourself prepared to do something.

Notice the following:

  1. I need to work myself up to going for a run.
  2. If I am going to do a speech I need to work myself up to it.

in the first place

Sometimes I like it when I tidy things up and I find things that I've forgotten that I had in the first place.

'In the first place' means at the beginning or previously.

Notice the following:

  1. I did not even want to go there in the first place.
  2. If you remember I said that I wanted to shopping in the first place.


I've got lots of books everywhere, in piles, in neat piles, but maybe too many piles, all over the floor.

A 'pile' is a collection of things that are on top of each other in an organized stack or a disorganized heap.

Notice the following:

1. I have a huge pile of clothes on the floor that need to be washed.
2. There was a pile of sand that we could play in.

paper mountain

I tend to accumulate, notebooks, and printouts from work, and lesson plans, and ideas I have for other lessons, so that before I know it, there's a little paper mountain on my floor.

A 'paper mountain' means a pile of paperwork that has accumulated.

Notice the following:

  1. We are meant to be a paperless office but I have a paper mountain on my desk.
  2. She is writing a book at the moment and there is a small paper mountain by her table.


I think that's my problem. I'm a real pack-rat, I think people call them, or a hoarder.

A 'hoarder' is someone that collects and keeps hold of everything and rarely throws anything away.

Notice the following:

  1. She is a complete hoarder and her house is always a mess.
  2. You need to have a clear out, you hoard far too much junk.