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a long way • on the bench • something
whole life • grow up
  1. He sat the whole game.
  2. We played for like ten hours.
  3. I did not in a nice place.
  4. She has come since she first arrived.
  5. He spent his looking for true love.
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Superbowl Party

Mixer 119 Best Sports Memory

Six people talk about their best memory either playing or watching sports.

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come a long way

I came a really long way.

Here, the phrase 'come a long way' means to work hard and improve a lot at something. Notice the samples.

  1. Raj's English has come a long way since he moved to Sydney.
  2. Tom Cruise has come a long way from being an unknown actor to a superstar.

sit on the bench

I sat on the bench.

A member of a sport team who goes to the game but does not play is said to 'sit on the bench.' Here are two examples

  1. Beckham was healthy, but he sat on the bench the whole game.
  2. In high school, I was terrible at football so I just sat on the bench most of the time.

something like

We were losing something like 17-0

Here, 'something like' is similar in meaning to 'about'. Notice the samples.

  1. Last night I studied for a test and went to bed at something like 3:00 AM.
  2. The salary is something like 2000 pounds per month to start.

whole life

I only played one rugby game in my whole life.

The phrase 'whole life' talks about your life from when you were born until today. Notice the sample sentences.

  1. I've been studying English my whole life, but my speaking is not so good.
  2. He has lived in Jakarta his whole life.

grow up

Where I grew up.

The phrase 'grow up' talks about getting older. It's a time in life that starts when we are very young to when we become a young adult. Look at the examples below.

  1. My dad grew up on the east coast but moved to the west coast after university.
  2. My girlfriend grew up in Paris. She now lives in Nice.

brought up to

my culture were brought up to think that that's really bad.

In this case, "brought up" means to be raised from childhood.

  1. I was brought up to believe it is impolite to eat with your elbows on the table.
  2. Many boys are brought up to believe they should hide their feelings.

on your record

If you do anything wrong then it's on your record.

"Record" in this case means a criminal history or some other official record of your behaviour.

  1. If you are late for work more than 3 times, it will be noted on your record with the Personnel section.
  2. Many countries will not issue a visa if you have a criminal conviction on your record.

pull over

The policeman asked me to pull over.

In this case, "pulling over" is an action taken when you are driving a car and it means
to move your car to the side of the road and stop.

  1. Thanks for giving me a lift home. You can pull over at this corner and let me off.
  2. In Japan, you should pull over to the left and wait if you hear an ambulance coming.


The policeman in Dubai was very straight and honest.

When we are talking about people, "straight" means to be honest and not evasive nor to hide

  1. It is important to have people who are straight working in positions of authority, so that their power is not abused.
  2. When my sister had an accident, my father was completely straight with me about her condition and didn't try to protect me from the difficult truth.

turned me down

He turned me down, it is really bad in the Arab culture.

To be "turned down" is to be denied something.

  1. I asked Jack if he would go out for coffee with me, but he turned me down. I was so disappointed.
  2. When I asked my mum if I could get a motor bike, she turned me down because it was too dangerous.