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obsession • lengths • off of
interfere • picked it up
  1. Teenagers don't like it when their parents with their lives.
  2. Your with sports was cute for awhile, but now it's just childish.
  3. When the pizza fell on the floor he was so frustrated that he just off the floor and ate it real quick.
  4. The shirt was so tight she almost couldn't get it her.
  5. My friends when to extraordinary to keep this party a secret.
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401 Movie Review

Howard talks about the movie The Aviator.

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He had a kind of obsession with cleanliness, which actually drove him crazy.

An 'obsession' with something is an intense focus on that thing. A person who is obsessed with cleanliness wants everything to be very clean. Notice the following:

  1. We have developed an obsession with Japanese food.
  2. His obsession with history can be interesting, but sometimes it's a little annoying.

went to extraordinary lengths

He went to extraordinary lengths to keep himself and all his surrounding clean.

If a person 'goes to extraordinary lengths' to do something it means that a lot of effort is made to accomplish a particular goal. Notice the following:

  1. His parents went to extraordinary lengths to make this a special day for him.
  2. She went to extraordinary lengths to get the kids to like her at her new school.

off of him

If anybody touched him, he'd wash many times to get all the germs off of him.

To 'get something off' of yourself is to remove it from your body. Notice the following:

  1. It took a week for him to get all the paint off of himself.
  2. After a trip to the beach it is really hard to get all the sand off of you.

interfered with

It became such an obsession that it interfered with his entire personal life.

If something or someone 'interferes' with your life it causes problems or prevents you from doing something that you wanted or had planned to do. Notice the following:

  1. He is always interfering with other people's problems.
  2. She gets frustrated when her parents interfere with her personal life.

pick it up real quick and still eat it

If a candy falls off your hand and hits the floor, would you pick it up real quick and still eat it?

When you 'pick something real quick and still eat it' you take it quickly from where it has fallen and put it in your mouth even though it is dirty from being on the ground. Notice the following:

  1. The fish fell in the sand, but the bird picked it up real quick and still ate it.
  2. When his ice cream fell on the floor, my son tried to pick it up real quick and still eat it.


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