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flustered • dead fish • get it
picked • worked
  1. The trip started out as a disaster, but every out just fine in the end.
  2. I've been late for everything all day and I'm feeling really right now.
  3. He didn't like his present at all. He just looked at it like it was a .
  4. I don't . Can you repeat what you just said?
  5. My friend me up at the airport, so I could surprise my parents.
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732 The Taxi Ride
Todd continues the story of his taxi ride in Thailand.

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He looks really flustered.

When you are flustered it means that you are anxious and nervous about something.

Notice the following:

  1. If I don't feel organised, I get very flustered.
  2. Don't get flustered; just try and relax.

a dead fish

I put it in the cab driver's hand and he looks at it like it's a dead fish.

A 'dead fish' is a fish that is no longer alive. When you look at something like it is a dead fish, it means that you look at it in a surprised, strange way or disgusted.

Notice the following:

  1. She looked at me as though I was a dead fish!
  2. Don't look at it as though it is a dead fish. Please eat it.

doesn't get it

He has this really puzzled look, like he doesn't get it.

When somebody 'doesn't get it,' it means that they do not understand.

Notice the following:

  1. She doesn't get it. I can tell by the look on her face.
  2. If she doesn't get it right away, then you will have to make sure that you explain it until she does.

pick up

I called my friend and they came and picked me up.

When you 'pick someone up,' it means that you collect them from somewhere and take them to where they want to go.

Notice the following:

  1. I will pick you up on the way to work.
  2. She called me on the phone and asked if I could drive and pick up the children from school.

all worked out

It was all worked out, and I should have thought of that in the first place.

If something 'works out,' it means that it happens in the best way.

Notice the following:

  1. We were very lucky, as it all worked out in the end.
  2. It was a struggle, but at the end of the day it all worked out.