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lose confidence • bullied
have a complex • grab
to some degree
  1. Be sure to an umbrella before you leave.
  2. , we all worry about money, even rich people.
  3. People began to in the economy.
  4. Because I am fat, I about my weight.
  5. My big brother always me as a kid.

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Mixer Topic
Mixer #95 Do you worry about your appearance?
Several people discuss how much thought they put into their appearance.
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reinvent myself



I tried to reinvent myself.

When we 'reinvent' ourselves, that means we make very big changes in our lives. Notice the following:

  1. At university, I tried to reinvent myself.
  2. Why don't you try to reinvent yourself?

lose my confidence



I lose my confidence.

In this instance, 'to lose confidence' our means we are not sure if people will like us and we don't feel secure in who we are.  Notice the following:

  1. I lose my confidence when I don't look good.
  2. Being out of shape makes me lose my confidence.

getting my nails done


I spend time getting my nails done,

The process of getting our nails trimmed and painted at a nail salon is called 'getting our nails done.'  Notice the following:

  1. I end up getting my nails done every week.
  2. Getting my nails done is really cheap.



I've been called four-eyes.

'Four eyes' is an impolite term for someone who wears glasses.  Notice the following:

  1. Hey, four-eyes!
  2. Don't call me for eyes.



I used to be bullied,

When we are 'bullied,' that means we are scared or hurt by someone who is stronger.  Notice the following:

  1. He was bullied in grade school.
  2. I bullied my younger brother when we were kids.

grab everything that I need


I just grab everything I need.

Here, to grab everything we need means to quickly choose the clothes we will wear without much thought.  Notice the following:

  1. She just opens the closet and grabs everything that she needs.
  2. I can't quickly grab everything that I need.  It takes time.

to some small degree


To some small degree, you have to worry.

The phrase 'to some small degree' is similar in meaning to 'a little bit'.  Notice the following:

  1. Everyone, to some small degree, cares about their appearance.
  2. Don't you, to some degee, worry about looks?

have a complex



I kind of have a complex about it.

When we have a complex about something, that means we think or worry too much about it.  Notice the following:

  1. I have a complex about my looks.
  2. My sister has a complex about her weight?