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commercially • deemed • ejector
curl up • spits you out
  1. The ride is more exciting if you sit in the seat.
  2. I don't sell these hats . I just make them for my friends.
  3. You float down the river for about an hour, and then it into a lake.
  4. My cat likes to at the bottom of my bed.
  5. That beauty product was actually unsafe after it burned some people's skin.
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771 River Rafting

Mark talks about a wild water ride he took during his stay in New Zealand.

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We actually rafted down the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world.

'Commercially' refers to the fact that people pay to raft down this waterfall. It is used as a way to make money.

Notice the following:

  1. The hotel is very nice, and commercially, it is a big success.
  2. I think the way that they have made everything so commercially centered these days is such a shame.

it's deemed unsafe

If it's any higher than that one, then it's deemed unsafe and they wouldn't be able to take tour groups rafting.

When something is 'deemed unsafe' it means that it is decided to be dangerous.

Notice the following:

  1. The house was deemed unsafe, so we had to move out.
  2. Food that has not been cooked properly is deemed unsafe for human consumption.

the ejector seat

I was sat right at the back of the raft and they called this the ejector seat.

The 'ejector seat,' in this instance, refers to the seat at the back of a boat that makes people rise and fall in their seat due to the bumpy ride.

Notice the following:

  1. I always try and avoid the ejector seats in boats, as I like to have a smooth journey.
  2. The instructor laughed when he told me that I was going to be sitting in the ejector seat of the raft.

curl up

The instructors basically tell you to curl up into a ball.

When you 'curl up,' it means that you bring your knees into your body, put your arms around them, and try to make yourself as small as you can.

Notice the following:

  1. When it's I cold, I like to curl up in bed.
  2. I curled up into a ball, and I fell asleep.

spits you out

The waterfall actually spits you out, shoots you back out the top.

When something 'spits you out,' it means that it propels you away from where you were. Example, when you are chewing gum and you don't want it anymore, you spit it out.

Notice the following:

  1. The water chute spits you out at the end into a deep swimming pool, and it is really good fun.
  2. I like water rides that spit you out into a large amount of water at the end.



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