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rushed • cut off • anonymous
 around the corner • other side
  1. The book was written by an author.
  2. When he lost his cell phone he felt very the world.
  3. He always sleeps late and is very in the morning.
  4. Your birthday is just .
  5. I don't want to drive to the of town right now.  The traffic is terrible.
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911 Online Dating
Jonathan explains to Jeff how online dating works and why he should try it.

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In the modern world people are rushed.

When we are rushed that means we feel we must do things fast.  Note the following:

  1. I hate to feel rushed when I am eating.
  2. When students are rushed they make more mistakes.

cut ... off from

If you never go out, you're cutting yourself off from a lot of people.

To be cut off means that we are unable to make contact with others.  Note the following:

  1. Living on an island, he was cut off from the mainland.
  2. At night, he goes home and cuts himself off from the rest of the world.


Some people like to stay more anonymous.

When we are anonymous that means no one knows our name or has any information about us.  Note the following:

  1. We recieved a letter from an anonymous sender.
  2. It is impossible to be anonymous on Facebook.

just around the corner

You don't always find love just around the corner.

'Just around the corner' is an idiom that means near or coming soon.  Note the following:

  1. There is a great coffee shop just around the corner.
  2. This area is getting really dangerous. A man was just murdered just around the corner.

on the other side of

You might find you have lot in common with people on the other side of the world.

Here, the word 'other' is similar in meaning to 'opposite'.  Note the following:

  1. Prices are cheaper on the other side of town.
  2. If you are a good swimmer you might be able to swim to the other side of the lake.