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Something is (a bit) out of the ordinary

It`s unusual

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Paramount

More important than anything else

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To commission sb to do sth

To ask sb to do sth (and pay for it)

34

To be proficient _____ sth

In

35

Bungalow

A house that usually has only one storey (= level), sometimes with a smaller upper storey set in the roof and windows that come out from the roof

36

To give sb a helping hand

To help sb

37

To indulge in sth

To spend time doing sth you love, but often don't have the time to do it
To indulge sb with sth / To indulge sb by doing sth

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To conceal sth from someone

To prevent sth from being seen or known about

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To tear yourself away from sth

It`s hard to you to leave sth (tear: pull apart)

40

To take over your life

Sth take the control of your life

41

To do sth for the sake of it

Buy sth even though you don't need it

42

To tell yourself sth

Try to make yourself believe in sth

43

To fool yourself

Say sth that you know is not true
E.g.: She pretended that she was in control of he situation, but she was fooling herself.

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To not be short of sth

To not have shortage of sth

45

To get the bug or be bitten by the bug of sth

To be hooked on sth

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To be a bit of a (sth) freak

To be addicted to sth.
E.g.: Gus is a bit of fitness freak and goes to the gym at least four times a week.

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To collapse doing sth

To do it for a long period.
E.g.: After a hard day at work, I like to come home and collapse in front of the TV.

48

One thing leads to another

One thing "causes" other

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To get sucked in sth

End up doing sth without planning.
I didn't intend to join the drama society, I just seemed to get sucked in.

50

Given a choice between sth and sth

Having two options, I`d ...
E.g.: Given the choice between going away for a week`s holiday and spending a week at home decorating the spare room, I`d much rather do the latter.

51

Solicitor

A type of lawyer in Britain and Australia who is trained to prepare cases and give advice on legal subjects and can represent people in lower courts.

52

Break the habit

To change sth you do routinely

53

Get sth up and running

To start business

54

Set foot in somewhere

To enter/arrive somewhere

55

Come up with sth

To have an unexpected idea

56

Take up an offer

To accept sth

57

The odds are stacked against someone

Someone is very unlikely to succeed

58

Give someone a push

To encourage/motivate someone

59

Point someone in the direction of

To make a useful suggestion about how to get sth

60

Have all the eggs in one basket

To depend totally on one thing