Having an Overbearing Father
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grown – adult; grown-up; no longer a child * His aunt said to him: “You’re a grown man! Shouldn’t you act like it and get a job, instead of letting your parents pay for everything?”
overbearing – too strong, opinionated, and controlling; trying to control what other people say and do * Martin’s boss is really overbearing, trying to control every little thing he does at work.
the third degree – asking someone many questions, often about things that he or she would like to hide or keep secret * When we applied for a loan, the bank’s loan officer gave us the third degree, asking about our employment history, savings, debt, spending habits, and more.
under (one’s) roof – in one’s home, especially living in one’s home * As long as you’re living under our roof, you have to keep your room clean and help around the house. Once you move out on your own, you can do whatever you want.
to live by – to comply with; to follow certain rules or ideas * Imagine how nice the world would be if everyone lived by the same rules.
to hang out – to spend time doing something unimportant, having fun, especially with friends * Many teenage girls like to hang out at the mall on the weekends.
curfew – the time when one must be home in the evening; the latest one is allowed to be out * Normally, Tara has an 11:00 curfew on weekends, but for special events, her parents let her stay out until 12:30.
not good enough – inferior; not as good as someone or something else; not worth something * Ever since Harper got a good-paying job, he has been acting like his old friends aren’t good enough for him anymore.