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security • theory • water
minute • to manage
  1. The tap tastes a little funny in this house, so we use a filter.
  2. It will be hard for her to quit, because smoking cigarettes is like her blanket.
  3. He will have to learn his money if he ever wants to buy his own house.
  4. I have a about why you are always so cold in the afternoon.
  5. Most of what he says I don't believe for a .
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566 Water

Al and Todd share their thoughts about water.

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security blanket

It's my security blanket. I must always have a bottle of water nearby to drink.

A 'security blanket' is something that makes you feel more comfortable.  Notice the following:

  1. My sunglasses are my security blanket.  I feel very vulnerable without them.
  2. She uses lipstick as a security blanket.


You have a theory about that don't you?

A 'theory' is an idea or something that you believe to be true about a person or situation.  Notice the following:

  1. I don't agree with your theory about fish having emotions.
  2. What is your theory about why they broke up?

tap water

A glass of tap water I would rarely finish the glass.

Water that comes out of the faucet in the sink is 'tap water.'  In many places it is impossible to drink the tap water without getting sick and people must drink bottled water.  Notice the following:

  1. He got sick from drinking the tap water when he first moved here.
  2. I don't like the taste of the tap water in my new house.

don't believe that for a minute

It's supposed to be safe to drink but I don't really believe that for a minute.

If you don't believe at all that something is true, then you 'don't believe it for a minute.'  Notice the following:

  1. He didn't believe my lie for a minute.
  2. You are six feet tall?  I don't believe that for a minute.


This planet that is mostly water and we can't manage it properly.

To 'manage' something is to determine how to use it.  We can use this word to refer to money or resources.  Notice the following:

  1. They manage their children well, especially in public.
  2. She never manages her time very well and always stays awake all night before an exam.


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