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hand-me-down • second-hand • rubbing
beholden • longing
  1. I have been for a hamburger all day .
  2. I would never buy something this nice. It was from my cousin.
  3. His friends' bad behavior is off on him.
  4. The nice thing about shopping in stores is that nobody will have the same clothes you do.
  5. For what you have done to help our family, we are to you.
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578 Used Clothes

Marion and Todd debate wearing used clothes.

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hand-me-down

Actually, my T-shirt is a hand-me-down from a friend of mine.

A 'hand-me-down' is clothing or a toy given to you by someone you know.  Usually younger children in families receive hand-me-downs from their older brothers and sisters.  Notice the following:

  1. She hated to be the youngest in the family, because she always had to wear hand-me-downs.
  2. My little sister is taller than me now, so I wear her hand-me-downs.

second-hand

I will never go to a second-hand clothing store.

If something is 'second-hand,' it has been used by someone before you, usually by someone you don't know.  These are items you buy in a store, like clothing, furniture, shoes or accessories.  Notice the following:

  1. I bought my favorite purse at a second-hand store.
  2. They are very concerned about the environment, so they buy everything second-hand.

rub off

Do you think a person's personality rubs off on their clothes.

To 'rub off on' someone or something is to transfer a personal characteristic to that thing.  For example, if you start using a phrase that your friend uses, then she is rubbing off on you.  Notice the following:

  1. She is so negative, and I feel like it rubs off on me.
  2. Maybe some of his creative ideas will rub off one me.

beholden

I wouldn't want to be beholden to that person if I don't like them.

If you are 'beholden' to someone, then you owe him something or are in debt to him in some way.  Notice the following:

  1. Thank you so much for your help.  I will be beholden to you forever.
  2. You don't have to feel beholden to me.  We're friends and friend help one another.

longing for

This is exactly the type of suede jacket that I have been longing for.

When you 'long for' something, you really want it.  Notice the following:

  1. I am longing for a vacation to the beach.
  2. She spends so much time longing for a boyfriend, but she never never talks to them at parties.

 

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