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brought up • on my record • pull over
straight • turn down
  1. The accident is now .
  2. I decided to the chance to live overseas.
  3. I was to believe that you can acheive anything with hard work.
  4. The police told me to .
  5. The woman is very and honest.
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Answer the following questions about the interview.

1038 Taking a Bribe

Todd and Aiman talks about experiences with bribery.

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brought up to


my culture were brought up to think that that's really bad.

In this case, "brought up" means to be raised from childhood.

  1. I was brought up to believe it is impolite to eat with your elbows on the table.
  2. Many boys are brought up to believe they should hide their feelings.

on your record


If you do anything wrong then it's on your record.

"Record" in this case means a criminal history or some other official record of your behaviour.

  1. If you are late for work more than 3 times, it will be noted on your record with the Personnel section.
  2. Many countries will not issue a visa if you have a criminal conviction on your record.

pull over


The policeman asked me to pull over.

In this case, "pulling over" is an action taken when you are driving a car and it means
to move your car to the side of the road and stop.

  1. Thanks for giving me a lift home. You can pull over at this corner and let me off.
  2. In Japan, you should pull over to the left and wait if you hear an ambulance coming.



The policeman in Dubai was very straight and honest.

When we are talking about people, "straight" means to be honest and not evasive nor to hide

  1. It is important to have people who are straight working in positions of authority, so that their power is not abused.
  2. When my sister had an accident, my father was completely straight with me about her condition and didn't try to protect me from the difficult truth.

turned me down


He turned me down, it is really bad in the Arab culture.

To be "turned down" is to be denied something.

  1. I asked Jack if he would go out for coffee with me, but he turned me down. I was so disappointed.
  2. When I asked my mum if I could get a motor bike, she turned me down because it was too dangerous.