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willpower • accumulated • impulse
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  1. This is not the type of thing to buy on an . You need to think about it for a while.
  2. Working in a store like this could lead you to a lot of . I would want to buy everything.
  3. I was just about to give up looking for dresses, when one finally my eye.
  4. If I have chocolate in the house, I will eat it. I have no .
  5. It's hard to believe you have all this stuff in one year.
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786 Shopping

Shona shares her thoughts about shopping and how she buys items.

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willpower

I don't have the willpower, and I will buy it, which isn't great.

When you have 'willpower,' it means that you are able to resist things that you might find tempting or want to do.

Notice the following:

  1. I am no good at diets, as I have no willpower.
  2. My mum says that I need to work on my willpower.

accumulated

I have accumulated a few things over the years, specifically clothes, which I enjoy buying.

When something is 'accumulated,' it means that it collects unintentionally over time.

Notice the following:

  1. Over time, I have accumulated lots of back issues of my favorite magazine.
  2. She is a bit of a hoarder so she accumulates an awful lot of junk.

buy clothes on impulse

Are you saying you usually buy clothes on impulse?

When you 'buy clothes on an impulse,' it means that you buy them without having thought about it first or having planned it.

Notice the following:

  1. I don't generally tend to buy clothes on an impulse.
  2. She is such a spendthrift, and she always buys clothes on an impulse.

catch my eye

Something will catch my eye, and I'll think it looks nice so I might end up buying it.

When something 'catches your eye,' it means that it grabs your attention and that you are attracted to it.

Notice the following:

  1. That nice dress over there keeps catching my eye.
  2. I am trying to catch his eye, but I think he is avoiding me.

lead them into a lot of debt

It is probably going to lead them into a lot of debt eventually.

'Lead them into a lot of debt' refers to the way in which overspending can cause you to spend more money than you have, which can leave you owing money.

Notice the following:

  1. I don't have credit cards, as I think that they can lead you into a lot of debt.
  2. Spending like that will lead them into a lot of debt.

 

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