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  2. This is one of the scenes that was on the .
  3. All of the people in the car were really around in the accident.
  4. People assumed that just because he came from a farming community that he wasn't very intelligent.
  5. Most of the in this area just steal farm animals.
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630 Favorite Movies
Tom and Martin discuss their favorite movies.

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contemplate

Now that I've had time to contemplate on it, let me tell you what my favorite movie of all time is.

When you 'contemplate' about something, you think about it and consider your options. Notice the following:

  1. He always looks like he's contemplating the mysteries of the universe.
  2. It looks like you need some time to contemplate your decision.

peasant

The Seven Samurai is a story about a small peasant village in Japan.

The word 'peasant' is rarely used nowadays, except in a negative way. It refers to a simple person who is from a farming community and is usually poor. Notice the following:

  1. The peasants who do most of the farming live in this area.
  2. Most peasants who went to the city to find work never returned back home.

bandits

The final fight that the Samurais had was with the bandits.

A 'bandit' is a 'robber' or a 'thief.' Bandits usually work in groups. Notice the following:

  1. They got home and discovered that bandits had stolen almost everything in the house.
  2. Their village is protected by the mountains, so bandits aren't much of a problem.

trailer

I saw the trailer of the Pirates of the Caribbean several times in the cinema.

Used like this, a 'trailer' is a short film that is used to promote a full-length film by showing exciting scenes. Trailers should make people want to see the full-length film. Notice the following:

  1. I saw a trailer that looked good yesterday, but I can't remember the name of the movie.
  2. They always show a few movie trailers before the main film starts.

jerk around

Johnny Depp modeled his character on the mannequins jerking around on the pirate ship.

Here, 'jerk around' refers to moving in a ungraceful way, in this case, because of the movement of a boat. Notice the following:

  1. One thing I don't like about amusement parks is that you are always jerking around on the rides.
  2. Skiing was fun, but I got kind of jerked around, and I hurt my back.