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  1. Where did you buy these curtains? They are so .
  2. He's searching for his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
  3. He bikes or walks everywhere, so he is in good .
  4. We can try running together, but I don't think I'll be able to with you.
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585 The Day Off

Terry talks about his routine when he's not riding. (Part 4)

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I work on my bike if I need to, just try and get ready for the next day, or unwind from that day.

To 'unwind' is to relax and de-stress.  Notice the following:

  1. He went to the cinema to unwind after a day of shopping with his girlfriend.
  2. After a long day of looking for a job, she needed to unwind.


When I'm on the road I tend to be the proverbial "early to bed, early to rise".

'Proverbial' refers to something that has been expressed in a proverb or refers to a proverb.  A proverb is a common saying expressing wisdom or advice.  Notice the following:

  1. She always has a bit of proverbial wisdom to give.
  2. He speaks in such a proverbial way that it's hard to understand what he's saying.


In groups you tend to buy more elaborate food.

Something 'elaborate' has a lot of details.  In this case, elaborate food has many ingredients and takes time to make.  Notice the following:

  1. Her Halloween costume was so elaborate and fancy that she couldn't move or sit down.
  2. I just want a simple sandwich, nothing elaborate.

be in shape

When you're going with a group, you have to be in shape when the trip starts.

If you have a strong, healthy body and can do athletic activities for long periods of time then you 'are in shape.'  Notice the following:

  1. It is hard to be in shape if you sit at a desk all day.
  2. After six weeks of hiking and working in the woods I was in the best shape of my life.

keep up

So that you can keep up with the group.

To 'keep up with someone' is to go the same speed as him.  Notice the following:

  1. Billy, slow down!  Your sister can't keep up with you.
  2. I can never keep up when I go for a run with you.


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