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  1. How long does the beef have to cook on the before it's ready to eat?
  2. Every that I've come to this restaurant I've ordered the same thing.
  3. We used to have behind the house when we were children.
  4. All of the money and gold in this part of the museum was stolen by .
  5. That hat is ! You look ridiculous.
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420 Fond Memories of France
Mike talks about his trip to Leon in France.

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I've been back to Europe on a couple of occasions.

In this sentence, a 'couple of occasions' can be replaced by a 'couple of times,' meaning more than once. Notice the following:

  1. She lied to you on a number of occasions.
  2. I've only been to her house on one occasion.


Next to the cottage, they were roasting a gigantic pig on a big spit over an open fire.

If something is 'gigantic' it is really, really big. Notice the following:

  1. I'm hungry for a gigantic ice cream cone.
  2. Your new house is gigantic! How do you have time to clean it?


Next to the cottage, they were roasting a gigantic pig on a big spit over an open fire.

When referring to cooking something, a 'spit' is a long piece of metal that goes through a large piece of meat and holds it over a fire. Notice the following:

  1. At the roast chicken restaurant down the street they cook the chicken on a spit for hours.
  2. There are all different kinds of meat cooking on spits at the restaurant.

hide out

The cottage, apparently, used to be a hide-out for French pirates.

A 'hide out' is a place where you hide yourself from someone who is trying to find you. Usually a hide out is a place where you could stay for a long time and gives you shelter. Notice the following:

  1. I had a hide out in a tree by my house when I was a child.
  2. The police finally found the kidnapper's hide out, but they were already gone.


They even had pictures on the walls of two of the pirates that had been there.

A 'pirate' who robs or commits crimes on or next to the ocean. Pirates usually travel by boat. Notice the following:

  1. A pirate ship sank near here in the 1800s.
  2. Pirates caused many problems for ocean travelers in the past.