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perceived • the case • high street
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  1. The thief had a of my jewelry, but still gave me an innocent look.
  2. My boss the hotel and the flight, but I had to pay for my food.
  3. He was hoping for some time alone with her, but that wasn't .
  4. I never go to the shops because I know that I can't buy anything.
  5. The whole world her as confident, but she was terribly insecure.
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980 City Costs
Tom and Jess compare cost of living in various cities around the world.

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The taxi drivers perceived them to be tourists.

When you perceive something, it means you think something is true even though you do not have all the facts or information. Notice the following:

  1. Women are often perceived to be more caring parents than men.
  2. We all perceived him to be happy, but he was actually quite sad.

the case


Budapest was cheap, but I’m not sure if that’s the case now.

In the previous sentence, the word 'case' means situation. It is often used with the word ‘not’. Notice the following:

  1. My class was good today, but that wasn't the case yesterday.
  2. People think I’m rich, but that’s just not the case.

high street shops


The high street shops cost the same in Paris as they do in Britain.

A high street shop is a store usually located in a more expensive part of town. Notice the following:

  1. She is quite rich so he can afford to shop at high street shops.
  2. I can only afford to window shop at the high street shops.

take care of


My rent was taken care of by the school.

In the previous example, the verb 'take care of' means the rent was paid by the school. When you take care of something, it means you finish some action that needs to be done. Notice the following:

  1. The clean up after the party was taken care of by Joe.
  2. I can’t pick the kids up from school today. Can you take care of it?

fist full


I had a fist full of money.

A fist is when you make a ball with your hand. Boxers fight with their fists. Here, it just means you have a hand full of some items, such as money, paper, etc. Here though, it also means the person had extra money to spend.  Notice the following:

  1. My favorite Clint Eastwood movie is a Fist Full of Dollars.
  2. The child stood there looking happy with a fist full of candy.