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memory • labor • delirious
mind-boggling • whimpering
  1. Did the doctor give you medication to help with the pains?
  2. I knew my dog had really hurt his leg, because he kept .
  3. The whole experience of buying a house is just . I never thought it would happen.
  4. It would be better to take your exam now, while all of the information is still fresh in your .
  5. My son gets a little when he gets overly tired.
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644 Delivery Day
Simon talks about the day his son was born and what it was like for him and his wife.

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fresh in your memory

Your son is only three months old, so his birth must still be fresh in your memory.

When something is 'fresh in your memory,' it means that you have recently thought about it, experienced it or learned about it. Notice the following:

  1. I want you to tell me about the meeting when it is all still fresh in your memory.
  2. Let's review this again while the subject is still fresh in your memory.

labor pains

My wife had labor pains at about 4 o'clock in the morning.

'Labor pains' are the intense pains that a woman feels when she is about to have a baby. Notice the following:

  1. What do labor pains feel like?
  2. Her labor pains started almost 20 hours before the baby was born.


I thought my wife looked delirious because of the pain.

When you are 'delirious' you are kind of crazy or not acting like yourself. This is usually because you are excited, enthusiastic, or, in this case, because of pain. Notice the following:

  1. She was absolutely delirious after she won the lottery.
  2. You are kind of delirious. I think you need to get some sleep.


I would have to say it was quite a mind-boggling experience.

If something is 'mind-boggling,' it is difficult to comprehend. Notice the following:

  1. The ocean is so big it is almost mind-boggling.
  2. It is mind-boggling how much garbage we create each year.


The baby whimpers a little bit every now and then, but it's quiet for the most part.

A 'whimper' is like a very quiet whine or cry. A dog would whimper if it wants to go outside. Notice the following:

  1. Hold on a second. The baby is whimpering, and I need to go check on her.
  2. Our new puppy was whimpering all night, so I barely slept at all.