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burial • theme • neat
trend • look down on
  1. The party has a 90's rock .
  2. Wild hairstyles have really become a in this area.
  3. They people who have children when they aren't married.
  4. This building was actually constructed on top of an old ground, so many people think it's haunted.
  5. His artwork is really , because it uses all recycled items.
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570 Beirut Nights

Rina talks about the night life in Beirut.

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burial ground

It used to be a Palestinian burial ground.

A 'burial ground' is a cemetery, or a place where people put their dead.  Notice the following:

  1. We visited the burial ground of my ancestors.
  2. When they started to prepare for the new building they found a burial ground on the property.


You go down these stairs and the theme inside this place is death.

A 'theme' is a subject or an idea of a certain place or event.  In this case, the idea is death and the decorations are probably images of death.  Notice the following:

  1. The theme of the party is love.
  2. The decorations in the house had a very modern theme.


It's a really neat club.

In this case, 'neat' means cool, interesting, fun or entertaining.  Notice the following:

  1. My new computer is very neat.
  2. Have you eaten at the new Italian restaurant?  It's neat!


Lebanese girls, they're very trend conscious.

A 'trend' is something that is popular right now.  We use this to refer to clothes, food, activities, etc.  Notice the following:

  1. He always follows the trends.
  2. The new hairstyle trend is really interesting.

look down on

They look down on anybody that doesn't.

If you 'look down on' something, you don't approve of it or think it's a good idea.  Notice the following:

  1. They will look down on you for smoking.
  2. She looks down on people if they are not rich.


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