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1064 Mad Dan Morgan

Shirley continues her talk about famous outlaws from Australia's past.

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famous for

It’s famous for a man

A person or place is ‘famous for’ some special reason. The meaning can be positive or negative. Notice the following.

  1. London is famous for its wet gloomy weather.
  2. Michael Jackson was famous for his music, dancing and ever changing appearance.

hide out

He hid out.

When we ‘hide’ out, we go to a secret place where we cannot be found by other people. Here are two examples of the phrase ’hide out’.

  1. Many Nazi war criminals hid out in South America after World War II.
  2. When I was a kid, I used to hide out in a tree in my back yard.

the needy

He gave all his money to the needy.

The phrase ‘the needy’ talks about poor people who often can’t afford to buy necessities such as food or clothing. Notice the sample sentences.

  1. In Christian countries, Christmas is a time to think about the needy.
  2. Mother Teresa spent her adult life among the needy.

rebel against authority

There is a tradition there of rebelling against authority.

Authority talks about a person or people who are in control. Authority can be the government, the police, a teacher or even one's parents. When we rebel, we fight or disagree with authority or refuse to obey rules. See below.

  1. As a teenager I rebelled against authority, but now I work for the government.
  2. In many Asian cultures, it’s socially unacceptable to rebel against authority.

stand up to

They were standing up to the administation.

We ‘stand up’ to defend ourselves against a person or situation that is more powerful than us. Note the samples:

  1. Thousands of protesters stood up to the authorities.
  2. We stood up to the stronger more experienced team and won.