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  1. I had a with him after lunch.
  2. It was a of a day. Up and down.
  3. A stranger tried to a conversation on the bus.
  4. The car was , but it still ran.
  5. I was late again, and , I knew I was going to be fired.
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1128 Close Encounter

Jeff talks about a memorable experience while stuck in traffic in India.

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an emotional roller coaster

The trip was an emotional roller coaster.

A roller coaster is a ride that goes up and down and makes people feel joy and fear. When an experience is an emotional roller coaster, that means it has many good points and many bad points. Note the following:

  1. Raising a child can be an emotional roller coaster.
  2. The planning of the wedding was an emotional roller coaster.


It was a old rickety bus.

Something that is rickety is in poor condition and likely to break down. Note the following:

  1. I am scared to take that rickety elevator.
  2. He rides an old rickety bike that barely moves.

strike up a conversation

Did you strike up a conversation?

When you strike up a conversation, that means you start a conversation with someone, often a person you just met.

  1. I like to strike up conversations with people at the mall.
  2. She hates it when people on planes try to strike up a conversation with her.

quick chat

I had a quick chat.

A quick chat is a short conversation. Note the following:

  1. I have a quick chat with Bob about the meeting tomorrow.
  2. If you have time, can I have a quick chat with you.

at that point

I had not seen one at that point.

The phrase 'at that point' is a time reference meaning 'then" or "at that time'. Note the following:

  1. I got home at midnight, and at that point I just wanted to sleep.
  2. We got there in the third period, but at that point the game was over.