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pull off • complexion • diarrhea
poor • bust out
  1. You have such a beautiful . What beauty products do you use.
  2. He must have eaten something bad at the market, because he has really bad .
  3. Since he was new to the school, it took him a few weeks to really and show his personality.
  4. Do you think I could a dress like this, or does it look terrible?
  5. That car has really had a tough life.
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652 Clothes and Colors
Wendi and Todd talk about their favorite colors and some strange clothes.

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pull it off

You could wear it just for one of those days when you feel you could pull it off. ( i.e. get away with something)

Here, 'pull it off' means to wear, use or do something that is unusual and not have it seem strange. For example, not everyone could pull off wearing tall orange boots, but you probably know someone who would look good in them because of her style or personality. Notice the following:

  1. She is the only person I know who could pull off something like that.
  2. I'm pretty sure that nobody could pull off a jacket like that.

complexion

I'm not sure that color is going to go with my complexion.

Your 'complexion' is the color and tone of your skin. Notice the following:

  1. He had a lot of problems with his complexion when he was a teenager.
  2. I don't think this make-up will work for you, because you have a much darker complexion than I do.

diarrhea

That color actually looks like baby diarrhea, and I don't like it.

When you have bad stomach sickness, you will usually vomit or have diarrhea. 'Diarrhea' is a liquid feces or poop that is not normal to have every day. Notice the following:

  1. This soup looks like baby diarrhea, but it tastes just fine.
  2. I think the cat ate something bad, because she has diarrhea.

poor pants

You noticed that no one was buying these poor pants and you're like "I must buy them."

You can use the word 'poor' like this when you feel sorry or bad for something or someone. Here, Todd is saying that Wendi felt sad for the pants because nobody wanted to buy them. Notice the following:

  1. What are you going to do with those poor shoes?
  2. I felt sorry for the poor dog, so I adopted him.

bust out

For me to bust out in those is akin to you busting out in the purple suit.

In this example, 'bust out' means to do something extreme that would surprise people or doesn't follow your usual habits. Notice the following:

  1. Just wait until she busts out and acts like herself.
  2. He really busted out and developed his own style in high school.