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old and gray • drop tears • the coals
idolized • inherently
  1. My boss really raked me over for that decision.
  2. Many basketball fans Michael Jordon.
  3. She is good-looking. She looks fantastic from the second she wakes up
  4. I have to leave now because I promised you that I wouldn't .
  5. Before you know what's happening you will be .
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Mixer #36 Celebrity Life

Six people share what they would rather be: an athlete, politician, actor, or musician.

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old and gray


You can do it until you're old and gray.

'Old and gray' is actually a time expression we use to talk about when we are old, our hair is gray, and we can no longer do the things we used to do. Notice the following:

  1. I'll probably be a teacher until I am old and gray.
  2. My grandfather is old and gray, but he's still healthy and active.

drop tears


I can drop tears very easily.

The phrase 'drop tears' simply means to cry. Notice the following:

  1. My girlfriend always drops tears at weddings.
  2. The movie was sad, but I didn't drop any tears.

raked over the coals


I don't really want to be raked over the coals.

To 'rake someone over the coals' means to talk about negative things from the past. Notice the following:

  1. Politicians are continuously raked over the coals by the media.
  2. I saw my ex-girlfriend yesterday. She raked me over the coals for 20 minutes straight.



I wouldn't mind being idolized.

When we 'idolize' someone, that means we respect and admire them a lot, sometimes too much. Notice the following:

  1. When Jacques was a kid, he idolized Zinedine Zidane.
  2. I still idolize my father.



Once you become a politician you inherently lie.

Something that is 'inherent' exists or happens naturally. Notice the following:

  1. There is danger inherent in most contact sports.
  2. For me, riding a motorcycle in the city is inherently dangerous.