Audio Notes # 440 Football Factories

push s/o into s/t

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Families push kids into soccer academies.

When you push someone into something, you make them do something they normally would not choose to do. We sometimes say, forced into, which is stronger in meaning. Notice the following:

  1. My father pushed me into law school.
  2. I was pushed into a job I did not like.

slip through the cracks

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The kids slip through the cracks.

Slip through the cracks refers to falling through something, like a drain or grid that is supposed to stop things from falling through. We use the phrase slip through the crack to describe how something was left unattended and as a result, had a bad consequence. Here are some sample sentences:

  1. I am sorry for the error. It slipped through the cracks.
  2. The boy slipped through the cracks at school and never graduated.

child slavery

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This comes under child slavery.

Slavery is when you force someone to do work, often for no pay or little pay, through fear of violence or punishment. Slavery is illegal in all countries. Child slavery refers to children being forced to work for very low wages, often in dangerous situations. Notice the following:

  1. The police saved five children from child slavery.
  2. A conference on child slavery was held at the U.N.

come to the point where

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It has come to the point where it is a serious problem.

When something 'comes to a point' that means a situation has reached an outcome or result that was not expected, but is very noticable.

  1. He is not doing well at work. It has come to the point where the boss is starting to notice.
  2. I am so poor right now. It has come to the point where I am thinking of selling my car.

of age

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People don't hear from them until they are of age.

When you are 'of age', that means you are finally an adult, or considered a mature teen. Notice the following:

  1. As soon as I was of age, I joined the army.
  2. Until children are of age, they must live with their parents.