Advantages and Disadvantages in Life
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to make (someone) sick – to make someone very angry or jealous; to cause strong negative emotions * It makes me sick to know that he has been lying to us for so long.
to bust (one’s) butt – to work very hard; to do a lot of work * Heather busts her butt at the office all day long and expects the house to be clean and dinner to be ready when she gets home.
to be born with a silver spoon in (one’s) mouth – to be born into a rich family; to grow up in a family with a lot of money and privileges * Shannon was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and didn’t have to get a job until she was in her late 20s.
to pull (oneself) up by (one’s) bootstraps – to work very hard to improve one’s situation in life, without receiving help from other people * When Hans came to this country, he had only $20, but he pulled himself up by his bootstraps and became a successful businessman and homeowner.
pleasantly surprised – having received information that one was not expecting, but that is good and positive * We were pleasantly surprised when the store’s owner apologized for the mistake by giving us a $100 gift card.
blue blood – a person who belongs to the richest, most powerful, and most highly respected part of society; a person who is part of the elite upper class * They spent the weekend with other blue bloods, going to horse races and sailing on yachts, spending thousands of dollars without even thinking about it.
privilege – advantage; something that one has or does when most other people do not * These days, a good education is often a privilege, but many people believe that everyone should have access to a good education, no matter where they live or how much money they have.