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  1. He got a full scholarship at his university because he was the best in the state.
  2. I know you want a response today, but you need to give it some before you call again.
  3. They are best friends, but they are always having friendly about one issue or another.
  4. She had some problems with her teammates, because she acted like a donna player.
  5. She doesn't have anything long walks outside, as long as the weather is nice.
  6. He was a very boy, and he was always getting into trouble.
  7. She's angry right now, but she will come in a few days.
  8. He knew that he needed to train more, because he was always behind his team.
  9. American football is a very sport.
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494 Soccer vs. Baseball
Steve and Todd debate soccer and baseball.

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a friendly debate

Let's have a friendly debate: What do you think is the best sport in the world?

When you have a 'friendly debate,' you have an informal discussion about two opposing ideas. Notice the following:

  1. These discussions always start out as friendly debates, but can sometimes end as arguments.
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young sport or give it time or come around

Baseball is a young sport, so you got to give it time to come around.

Here, a 'young sport' refers to the fact that baseball was invented more recently than some other sports. When you 'give something time,' it means that you patiently wait for an action or a change. If something 'comes around,' it changes in its position or opinion. In this case, you are waiting for baseball to become popular. Notice the following:

  1. You need to stay off your hurt ankle and give it time to heal.
  2. The traditions in the United States are relatively weak, because it is a young country.
  3. She is usually nervous when she first meets people, but she comes around after a few hours.

don't have anything against

I don't have anything against kids playing baseball, because I think it's a good sport.

When you 'don't have anything against' a particular action or idea, it means that you see nothing wrong with it.  It is okay in your mind. Notice the following:

  1. Do you have anything against going to Florida for vacation?
  2. I don't have anything against eating meat, but I just don't like it.

democratic or prima donna star

Baseball is more democratic in that everybody has to bat and you can't have a prima donna star.

Here, 'democratic' refers to activity in which everyone participates equally. Many sports have a 'prima donna' star, who is the best or most respected player on the team. Notice the following:

  1. Our company functions in a very democratic way.
  2. In high school, he was kind of a prima donna star, but he was average at university level.


If you're kind of just lagging back there, you're not going to score or anything.

When you are 'lagging' behind, you are moving more slowly than the rest of the group or than you should. Notice the following:

  1. We are really lagging on this project.
  2. Sorry I'm lagging behind today. I don't feel that well.


Your slight more cunning players lends itself to being a striker.

A person who is 'cunning' is very capable in performing some specific tasks and capable of deceiving the other team. Notice the following:

  1. He was an extremely cunning teenager, and his parents almost never caught him.
  2. She is successful in business because of her cunning ideas.

nifty striker or poaches

The crowd really appreciates a nifty striker who poaches a lot of goals for his team.

A 'striker' is a player who is expected to score or assist in making goals. If a striker is 'nifty' is means that he is very good at what he does. Here, 'poaches' means 'scores' or 'makes.' Generally, a goal 'poacher' is a player who is very good at scoring at very close rage. Notice the following:

  1. We could have won the game if the other team had not had that nifty striker.
  2. He poached many really good shots during the game.