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    Default "can't handle it" help with choices of words

    Hi,

    "This dress is way too fancy. It would definitely look great on super models. But I am just an ordinary girl. I can't ___ it."

    In here, would "handle" fit? If not, what are the words you believe might fit in here? I am looking for an abstract verb or phrasal verb for this

    so please exclude "wear".

    Thank you!
    Last edited by LeTyan; 23-Jul-2013 at 02:53.

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    Default Re: "can't handle it" help with choices of words

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Hi,

    "This dress is way too fancy. It would definitely look great on super models. But I am just a little girl. I can't ___ it."

    In here, would "handle" fit? If not, what are the words you believe might fit in here?


    Thank you!
    "little girl" usually means a young female who is probably under the age of 12. A "small" girl might be better, but a small lady is the best.
    Possible ways to express this idea:
    I can't wear it.
    I can't show it off correctly.
    I can't do it justice. ---Best if you are trying to say that the dress wouldn't look good given your body size.

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    Default Re: "can't handle it" help with choices of words

    Gillnetter I love the first two answers of yours. Obviously "little" is the wrong word to use in any way. Thanks for pointing that out. I actually meant to say "ordinary"
    Please allow me to rephrase my context: It's like the dress is too good or too high-end, It would look best on film stars or fashionistas. But "I" am just an ordinary girl so I don't think I can ___ it?" I want to highlight the girl's humbleness or the incompetence to make sure it looks proper on her

    "wear" definitely works in here but I am looking for a deeper, or more abstract verb(or phrasal verb).

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    Any help please?

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    Default Re: "can't handle it" help with choices of words

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Any help please?
    Don't think I can "pull it off", "do it justice", "make it work", etc.

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    Default Re: "can't handle it" help with choices of words

    not a teacher

    "This dress is way too fancy. It would definitely look great on super models. But I am just an ordinary girl. I can't ___ it."

    In line with Mike's suggestions (especially "pull it off"): "I can't get away with it".

    Definition (2) here:
    get away with - definition of get away with by Macmillan Dictionary

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