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dragged • crap • lifted
basically • a chore
  1. That was her first time skiing. She was at first, but she learned very quickly.
  2. You need to start sleeping more if you want to have energy. It's down to that.
  3. It's kind of to get him to help out with anything around the house.
  4. Watching that movie really my mood.
  5. My friends me out dancing last night. I had a great time, but I'm tired today.
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777 More running

Shona and Todd talk about what keeps them running and how they like to run.

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dragged me out

One of my friends dragged me out one day and took me for a jog.

In this instance, 'dragged me out' means that a person is made to go out when they are not really keen on it.

Notice the following:

  1. She said that she will drag me out on Saturday night, as she thinks I deserve to have a good time.
  2. He dragged me out shopping all day on Saturday.

I was crap

I was crap; I could only run for like a minute or so.

'I was crap' means that you were not very good.

Notice the following:

  1. I can't play golf. When I tried, I was crap.
  2. She is crap at keeping in touch, so I find that I am always the one calling and writing.

lifted my mood

It just completely lifted my mood, and I was really, really happy afterwards.

When something 'lifts your mood,' it means that it makes you feel happy.

Notice the following:

  1. Whenever I listen to music, it always lifts my mood.
  2. It lifted my mood when I went to visit my friend.

it was basically down to that

The more I could run, the happier I got, and it was basically down to that, it was like an emotional thing.

'It was basically down to that' refers the main motivation or reason for something.

Notice the following:

  1. I failed my exams as I did not revise, it was basically down to that.
  2. She fell over, as her heels were too high, it was basically down to that.

it's a chore

People think that I run because it's a chore and I want to stay fit, or I want to lose weight, but actually it's all mental.

When something is a 'chore,' it means that you do not take pleasure in doing it.

Notice the following:

  1. It's a chore having to hang the washing out on the line. 
  2. She says that she considers it a chore to have to cook me my meals.

 

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