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ultra • walk in the park• huge ordeal
with age • bank on
  1. Whenever you on something, it usually does not happen.
  2. Changing your name is usually a .
  3. Maturity usually comes .
  4. He hates losing. He is -competive.
  5. Buying a house was a . Much easier than expected.
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1200 Born to Run

Julia talks with Todd about people who run extremely long distances.

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The book is about a tribe of ultra-runners.

Ultra means extreme. Notice the following:

  1. He likes to run ultra-maraothons.
  2. He is ultra-protective of his children.

walk in the park

It is just like a walk in the park to them.

When something is a walk in the park, it is not as difficult as expected. Notice the following:

  1. Passing the test was a walk in the park.
  2. Don't worry about the surgery. It will be a walk in the park.

huge ordeal

Meeting them is a huge ordeal.

A huge ordeal is usually something that is a long, difficult process. Notice the following:

  1. Replacing my credits cars was a huge ordeal.
  2. Getting a divorce is a huge ordeal, much harder than actually getting married.

come with age

Concentration and discipline come with age.

When something comes with age, that means you acquire it as you get older. Notice the following:

  1. Wisdom usually comes with age.
  2. Patience with children often comes with age.

bank on

That's what I'm banking on anyway.

When you bank on something, you count on it happening. Notice the following:

  1. I am banking on a raise this year.
  2. He is banking on getting into a good college.