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whether or not • in cahoots • over time
all over • record over
  1. You can the music.
  2. He spilled his drink the carpet.
  3. I am not sure he will come.
  4. Those two were in the crime.
  5. We all get wiser .
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1081 Techno Oh No!

Gareth talks about some bad incidents he had with his new computers and family.

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in cahoots

They are in cahoots about it.

When people are in cahoots, that means they are working together with a plan. People are often in cahoots to do something negative. Notice the following examples of cahoots:

  1. The students were in cahoots to fool the teacher.
  2. The husband and wife were in cahoots to commit the crime.

spill all over

He spilled it all over the computer.

When you spill something all over a surface, that means you cover it with the spilled item. If you spill something 'on' a surface, it is usually a small area, but if you spill something all over, them most of the area is covered. Notice the following:

  1. I spilled coffee all over the table.
  2. There was trash all over the floor.

retrieve my data

I asked them to retrieve my data.

When you retrieve something, you collect something that went away or was lost. If we retrieve data, then we get data back that we lost. Notice the following:

  1. My dog retrieves the stick after I through it.
  2. After the power outage we lost some data, but we were able to retrieve all of it.

over time

It's gonna rust over time.

When something happens over time, that means it happens eventually or in the future. Something might not happen immediately, but over time it will happen. Notice the following:

  1. We all tend to forgive other people over time for their mistakes in life.
  2. Over time, we all tend to get wiser.

over the top of

You can record your own voice over the top of it.

When you do something over the top of something else, that means you write or record over it. Often when we record over the top of something, we erase the original content and replace it with new content. Notice the following:

  1. Don't record over that tape. I still want to watch it.
  2. He wrote his name over the top of the picture which ruined it.