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  1. The whole of reading a book is that it gives you a chance to experience other worlds.
  2. When you want a program to work the way it should, you need to legally it.
  3. I want to hear your ideas, so just .
  4. Patience is something that comes .
  5. The sound of a ringing phone just me crazy.
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797 Wasting Money

Anita discusses things she wastes money on and how to prevent it.

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fire away

Todd said he had some questions for Anita and she replied, "Fire away."

When you 'fire away,' it means that you start talking in your own time. It is a term that is used when you are inviting someone to talk without holding back.

Notice the following:

  1. I am all ears. Please fire away.
  2. She asked me to fire away and explain why I wanted the job.

comes with age

I think it's definitely one thing that comes with age.

When something 'comes with age,' it means that you will get it as you mature.

Notice the following:

  1. I think common sense comes with age.
  2. A lot of things in life just come with age, and you have to be patient.

it drives me nuts

I could have bought the movie for the price I have to pay for the rental, for the late fee and it drives me nuts,

'It drives me nuts' means that something is really annoying you.

Notice the following:

  1. When she plays her music too loud it drives me nuts.
  2. It drives me nuts when people interrupt me when I am talking.

legally download

Usually many of these websites where you can legally download movies are only for Americans or people with American credit cards.

When you 'legally download,' something it means that you have the producer's permission to download a copy onto your computer.

Notice the following:

  1. I always make sure that I legally download all of the music that I buy.
  2. You have to make sure that you legally download it.

the whole beauty of reading a book

The whole beauty of reading a book at home is you can put it in your own personal library.

The 'whole beauty of reading a book' refers to all the good points that come with sitting down and reading a book from cover to cover.

Notice the following:

  1. The whole beauty of reading a book is that you can take it with you wherever you go.
  2. The whole beauty of reading a book is that it is a form of escapism that takes you away from the modern world.



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