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  1. That machine water power into energy.
  2. The men looked so nice in their tops and .
  3. He's a bad liar, so it's pretty easy to tell when he is trying to with something.
  4. She gets really sad if her friends .
  5. He doesn't have kids of his own, but he's good a playing the of a father.
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1213 Wedding Prep
Nathan talks about all the preparation needed for his wedding and his part in it all.

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play the role

Different guys play the role of the priest.

If you 'play a role' you act in a certain way to be like a common idea of something. For example, you could play the role of a teacher but not really be a teacher. Notice the following:

  1. In police movies, they frequently talk about playing the role of 'good cop, bad cop.'
  2. He will be playing the role of the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland.

let ... down

I let my wife down a bit.

When you 'let someone down,' you don't do something to the same level as the expectations that they have for you. They are disappointed by your ability or actions. Notice the following:

  1. He really let his sister down when he forgot about her performance.
  2. We are expecting you to be there, so please don't let me down.

top and tails

In England you have a grey morning suit, top and tails.

Here, 'top and tails' is referring to what is included in the morning suit: top hat, long coat, and slacks. Notice the following:

  1. I don't think anyone wears a top and tails every day anymore.
  2. The theme of the party is old-fashioned London. I expect to see all men in a top and tails.

get away with

If I could have got away with it, I would have.

When you get away with something, you do something wrong without getting caught: Notice the following:

  1. He always gets away with sleeping at work because he is the only one in the office.
  2. I tried to cheat on the test but I didn't get away with it. The teacher caught me.

convert

They converted the dress for her.

When you covnert something, you change it from one form to another: Notice the following:

  1. I converted my dollars to yen.
  2. You need to convert the video from MOV to MP4.