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all over • one end • isolated
bubble • move around
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1040 Old and New Cities

Aiman compares the old city of Damascus with the new city of Dubai.

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all over


You've lived all over the Middle East.

In this case, "all over" means selected locations covering a wide ranging area.

  1. Different varieties of Eucalyptus trees can be found all over Australia.
  2. Last spring, a new strain of influenza spread all over the school.

one end


Go from one end to the other.

This expression is about area, the space that extends from one boundary to another.

  1. The train line goes from the northern to the southern boundary of the city.
  2. My husband is so messy! He leaves his dirty clothes from one end of the house to the other.



Syria is isolated.

"Isolation" is a noun meaning to be alone, separated from other things, places or people.

  1. When I had the measles, I was isolated in my bedroom so I wouldn't infect other people.
  2. People working in the Antarctic have an isolated existence.

in their bubble


they tend to stay in their own bubble.

This is a slang expression meaning isolated, to be sealed alone in a single soap bubble.

  1. Jane is very dreamy and lives in her own little bubble of imagination a lot of the time.
  2. The different ethnic groups live in their own bubbles and don't mix with outsiders.

move around


It is hard to move around with English in the city.

In this case, "move around" means it is difficult to function in the city if you only speak English.

  1. It was hard to move around the town when I didn't know how to say where I wanted to go.
  2. I feel uncomfortable moving around scientists because I don't understand what they're talking about.