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picked on • complete • accident
smacking • spear
  1. Sorry. I called you by . I meant to call someone else.
  2. That is the I used when I was hunting in Africa.
  3. The older kids him a lot because of his big ears.
  4. The little girl behind me on the plane was my seat the whole flight.
  5. That movie was a waste of time.
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607 Big Bad Brothers
Greg talks about growing up with three brothers and getting into fights.

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pick on

Did you say you had brothers and they always picked on you?

When someone 'picks on' you, they tease, harass or make fun of you. This is a mean thing to do. Notice the following:

  1. My brother and sister area always picking on each other.
  2. He was picked on a lot when he was younger.


It was a complete accident, but he just got so angry.

Here, 'complete' means 'total.' The action was 100% an accident. Notice the following:

  1. It was a complete surprise that he received the writing award.
  2. The party was a complete disaster because of all the rain.

an accident

It was a complete accident, but he just got so angry.

If something is 'an accident,' it means that it was not done on purpose or intentionally, but it is just the way the situation happened. Notice the following:

  1. I think I stole your phone by accident, because it was in my purse.
  2. It was an accident that the window was broken.


He took the shoe and smacked me as hard as he could.

When you 'smack' someone, you hit him. Notice the following:

  1. A tree branch smacked me in the face on my walk today.
  2. His comment was so inappropriate that she smacked him.

a spear

I took a metal pipe and I held it like a spear.

A 'spear' is a long piece of wood or metal with a sharp point at one end. It is traditionally used as a weapon in a fight or for hunting. Notice the following:

  1. A long time ago, people used swords and spears in wars.
  2. We will actually go fishing with spears.