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goes off • eye of the • choking
all over the • didn't help
  1. This area was destroyed as much because the hurricane passed over this part.
  2. Their extravagant wedding was news for weeks.
  3. I had a terrible day at work today and it that I had car trouble on the way home.
  4. His alarm usually for five minutes before he wakes up.
  5. Some types of alcohol are so strong you feel like you are when you drink it.
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Mixer #97 Have you ever been in a natural disaster?
Several people talk about natural disasters they have been in or just missed.
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went off

A bomb went off.

When a bomb 'goes off' it explodes. The phrase is used usually to refer to something with a timer. Notice the following samples:

  1. My alarm clock went off, but I kept on sleeping.
  2. The police stopped the bomb before it went off.

eye of the hurricane

We got the eye of the hurricane.

A hurricane is a very violent storm, like a typhoon. In the center is it very calm and this is called the eye of the hurricane. Notice the following:

  1. It is safe in the eye of the hurricane, but dangerous outside it.
  2. This is just the eye of the storm. Things will get worse again soon.


I was choking.

When you 'choke' you cannot breathe. You can choke on food, smoke or because something is very tight around your neck. Notice the following:

  1. I almost choked on a piece of chicken.
  2. My tie was choking me. It was too tight.

all over the news

It was all over the news.

When something is 'all over the news' it takes up a large portion of the news, and it is in all media forms: newspaper, TV news, internet, etc. Notice the following.

  1. The car accident was all over the news.
  2. The scandal was all over the news.

it didn't help that ...

It didn't help that is was absolutely freezing.

The phrase 'it didn't help that ... ' is used when talking about a bad experience and something that adds an extra negative aspect to it. Notice the following:

  1. The traffic was terrible as usual. It didn't help that there was road construction as well.
  2. My wife was mad because I forgot to get dinner. It didn't help that I was late too.

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